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I love this & my cat, Pierre - LOVES it too!
on December 27, 2012
I bought this as a Christmas present for my cat last year (yes, I'm one of those people...) and I was worried at first that he wouldn't like it. He was scared of it at first, didn't know what to do with it & didn't drink out of it for about a week. I placed an alternative bowl near the new water fountain so that he had some way of getting water until he grew confident enough to try the awesome new water fountain. The plan worked and he began using it. Since his first few licks of water, he's been addicted to this thing ever since. I use the word "addicted" because he drinks TONS more water than he did before & he even sleeps next to it...guarding it, I'm assuming. He thoroughly enjoys the little holes that seep out water, but most enjoys the little spinner thing on top. He'll swat at it, try to bite it, etc. It's great!
Now onto the product:
I carefully read all the instructions before use (which always solves the beginner's problems) and put it together easily, as well as figured out through experience that the motor only gets loud when the water level is too low. Adding more water (preferably all the way to the top of the white lower area) will quieten the motor and all you'll hear is the water spinning - a noise that I've grown used to. The filter does it's job, and since I only have one cat - I replace it every other month. The hard water that I use to refill the fountain has caused calcium buildup on the sides, but with thorough monthly cleanings, it's not that bad. Tip: the motor needs to be cleaned out every time you clean the fountain because the buildup of gunk and calcium from the water (as well as things that your cat may have conveniently dropped in the fountain) tends to filter into the motor itself and can cause it to spit out gunk when the fountain is turned on after cleaning. I've experienced this several times and never could figure out how that gunk was coming up, especially after I had just cleaned it - well, DUH! It was coming from inside the motor! I re-read the paper that came with the fountain an entire year later and figured out how to carefully take apart the motor & clean it.
All in all, I love this product and it has successfully lasted me and my cat an entire year without problem. I will definitely recommend it and buy another one from this brand as soon as I get tired of this one, or it conks out on me. :)