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Petmate Deluxe Fresh Flow
- This quietly running fountain offers pets a supply of cool, filtered water whenever they want it
- UL-approved, quiet, submersible pump sends the water through a carbon filter to remove impurities & improve taste
- The removable reservoir automatically releases additional water when needed
- Plugs into a standard household AC outlet & the 6' cord is removable so the unit can be easily cleaned
- Built-in ramp reduces splashing & keeps running water quiet for you
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The Petmate Deluxe Fresh Flow is a purifying pet fountain providing filtered water throughout the day for your cat. Perfect for multiple cat or dog households, this award-winning fountain features continuous circulating water and a unique, patented no-splash water-slide. The re-circulating flow and filter provides naturally cool and oxygenated water, attracting pets to drink more in order to help promote their health and well-being. Pet parents choose from an assortment of on-trend color options. Each unit comes with a replaceable charcoal filter. Remember to change filter every 30 days to ensure freshness.
Size: 108 Oz | Color: Bleached Linen
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The fountain itself is very quiet and you don't hear it unless you are trying to. The only time it makes a loud noise is when the water level is low.
It is very easy to clean. I usually take it apart and scrub it to get any grime off of it (my cats also like to put food in the water bowl). I have also ran it through the dishwasher a couple times when it was really dirty and that seems to do the job.
All in all, it is a great water fountain. Both of my cats really enjoy it.
The only downside is that it is occasionally hard to take apart and but back together, you just need a little elbow grease every once in a while.
Another downside that has been starting to show (after three years) is that the fountain won't run once its plugged back in after a cleaning. I usually take it apart and put it back together again and it runs fine.
Will probably get another to replace it, definitely worth it!
Picture shows my one cat using it to show that it is not very big.
The two things I like about the Petmate is that a) its motor is completely encased inside the machine, and b) the water runs down a little slide. The motor being inside the fountain, rather than on the bottom like the Drinkwells, means it is much more muffled. Late at night I can hear it pumping when all the TVs and radios are off and everyone is in bed. It is quieter than most aquarium pumps already, but being inside the fountain, then covered up by the addition of water, it is literally whisper quiet. You don't even hear water splashing much since it is actually being funneled down a little ramp, rather than just pumped out into the air to fall inside the bowl like most fountains. I can actually hear my cat drinking over the sound of this machine, which is nice because you are always wondering if your cat is using it enough.
We were weening our cat of a bathtub faucet dependency. Though she is still angry about no more bathwater, she seems to really have taken to the Petmate fountain. It's kind of funny to watch because she seems to want to try and sample water from every square inch of the bowl, starting on the left side and working her way counterclockwise around the bowl. She'll even sniff at the little ramp, though she never drinks directly from that part. I think she's more interested in the bubbles.
The reservoir is the genius part. Instead of wasting a ton of space, they made half the fountain a detachable reservoir that can be filled. I personally clean this fountain once a week, every Sunday, and so far I have not even had to scrub muck out of any corners or crevices. Why? Because there doesn't seem to be many corners or crevices on this machine. Very rounded at every angle. I would have no fear about letting this fountain run for a few weeks without a cleaning if I had to be out of town or soemthing.
The only con I have found so far is that occasionally a gnat or other small bug will land in the water and get stuck on the side without the pump. The water circulates pretty well, but some things like bugs or food crumbs will often end up getting trapped on the side of the ramp where it can't be sucked into the pump. Personally, I think this is a good thing, but it does mean that particles like this may not get caught in the filter. Sure, you want crumbs to get trapped by the filter, but do you really want a rotting bug carcass in there too?
The filters are basic charcoal filters, and personally I don't really think they do much but keep out food crumbs that do get sucked into the pump. We have run it without them, and did so for a little while just to make sure the bathtub water we filled it up with still smelled and tasted like the bathtub faucet. This is how we have been weening the cat off the tub water. Out of nowhere she just really got obsessed with the bathroom faucet after fifteen years.
IF you are looking for a good, affordable pet fountain, then this is probably one of the best bets for cats. It doesn't splash their face, it is really quiet, it has a reservoir, it is very easy to clean, and maintenance and assembly are so basic and simple. It also has replacement parts, unlike most fountains, so if the pump craps out, which eventually all pumps do, you can just replace that rather than buying a whole new fountain. So far, ours has been going strong for a bout a month now and after the first few weeks, and some really bad experiences with our previous Drinkwell, the cat has really taken to this. I highly recommend this over any of the fountains I have seen offered here.
Yes, I have to clean it once in a while. The water is hard where I live, so in addition to normal cleaning, I have to remove the lime scale. I take the fountain apart, put it in my kitchen sink with the drain plugged, and pour vinegar into the sink. (I buy large sized bottles at BJs!) The lime scale comes off without scrubbing and without using a chemical that could hurt my fuzzy little guy.
There are four pieces that come apart, from the top: cover, reservoir for extra water, what I'll call the frame, (for lack of a better term), and the bowl. The frame clicks into the top of the bowl, but is sometimes a little stiff to take off or get in place. There are little pegs that fit into holes above the bowl's ramp and on the right side of the bowl. To open, empty the fountain completely, hold the bowl tightly with one hand and the frame tightly with the other, and PULL! I have found that the fountain can handle a lot of force here because the pegs in my fountain, at least, are tight, but have had no problems with the way I have been opening. To put it back together, place the fountain bowl on the kitchen counter, align the pegs over the holes and the column that fits over the pump's output (You'll see what I mean when you get your fountain.), and PUSH! It's really not that bad. I was frustrated until I realized that aligning all the pegs and the "column" makes the difference. If necessary sometime down the road, you can buy replacement filters and pumps here at Amazon. Petmate Fresh Flow Purifying Pet Fountain Replacement Filters 6-Pack Petmate Fresh Flow Replacement Pump, 110 V w/o flow valve
Buy and enjoy. I know I will!
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