Finally! I already had taken the photo’s, but totally forgot about doing this review! When our previous water fountain started leaking, we had to find a new one. After reading many reviews we found the Cat Mate Fountain. But is this fountain worth buying? Keep on reading to find that out!
The Cat Mate Company focuses on your pet’s health and vitality, and both need a good dose of water. They developed a unique design that is quiet and is supposed to maximize the appeal to drink by providing multi-height drinking levels with plenty of water and water movement to make sure that the water stays cool, and naturally oxygenated. The filter is made of Polymer-carbon.
The water fountain works with a pump (well, doh..). It’s located where it has to pump the water up, and when it has reached the top it gets divided in several levels and creates a little water fall (you still follow me…?).
The Good Things
The big plus is probably the multi-height levels on the fountain. Suki likes to the drink from the lower level, while Hiro goes for the higher levels. But for older cats who can’t kneel or bend over much anymore, the higher levels are a great idea and it also holds a 70 fl (2 liters) ounce of water capacity.
The cord is about 10-foot (+/- 3 meters), which is pretty damn long (it also gets divided in two so you don’t have to take the entire cord with you), if you ask me and I really don’t see a bad thing in that. And the most important thing: It is quiet. We have it for a half year or longer now, and it still doesn’t make a noise!
Another big bonus point is that the fountain is super easy to clean and to put the pieces back together! I don’t think I even bothered looking into the manual.
It’s not a light-weight fountain. So your cat can not shove it around with their paws (Suki has tried).
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The Bad Things
The fountain is made of plastic. I always try to get food and water bowls that aren’t made of plastic. But most water fountains are made of plastic. Plastic can develop hairline cracks and hold bacteria, which can make your cats sick. So it is very important to keep it clean and refresh the water so now and then. I try to clean out the fountain every week (but I sometimes forget, I admit).
The filters are a bit expensive. But uh… we haven’t bothered to buy a new filter yet.
Would I recommend it?
Yes! My cats use it, it’s quiet, and I only have to refill it with a bit of water every two days. It’s easy to put the fountain back together, it’s easy to clean. A long cord, different drinking levels. What more do you want? I wish I had bought this one before, instead of the Cat-It fountain that started leaking after 6 months. Bah!
Do you have a water fountain?