Unlike humans, cats don’t have a strong natural sense of dehydration. Making sure they get a constant supply of fresh water is absolutely critical to their health.
But many cats turn their noses up to stale, crumb-filled water in a boring old bowl.
So how can you make sure they’re drinking enough not to get sick?
Well, many cats automatically migrate to running water, like taps, or if they’re outside, streams.
Fortunately, PetSafe’s Drinkwell Platinum pet fountains are here to save the day.
They provide running water, much like the tap that most cats love so much, and constantly provide a stream of fresh water for kitty to be interested in.
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Reviewing The Drinkwell Platinum From PetSafe
The Drinkwell Platinum pet fountain is everything you and your cat could wish for.
This product is basically an automatic water dispenser that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.
It provides a fresh supply of constantly circulating water, simulating the running streams they’d find in the wild.
- 168 oz water reservoir – Some say you can have 4 dogs drinking from this thing for 2 days before filling it up. For cats, much longer!
- 6 feet long power cord – Put it anywhere
- Submersible pump – Keeps the flow of water constant
- Replaceable charcoal filters – The water is cleaned every time it goes through the machine
- 5 inch free-falling water spring – Perfect for kitty’s desires
- Containers and a water bowl made out of BPA free plastic
- Detachable parts – Some can go in the dishwasher
- Quiet motor – Don’t ruin your home’s zen with an obnoxious pump
- Adjustable water flow – Making it perfect for your kitty
The Drinkwell Platinum doesn’t need to be connected to any water lines, which makes it a perfect fit for any room – the kitchen, the living room, or even the bedroom. The low voltage system and the water ramp prevent splashes and noisy water sounds. You can easily adjust the water flow to decrease the motor noises and to provide a thinner, smoother water flow for your kitty.
The parts, which are made out of BPA free plastic, are detachable and dishwasher friendly. Due to the solid base of the water fountain, there’s no danger of your cat knocking it over or spilling its contents all over the floor.
Drinkwell Platinum’s water pump and motor are significantly improved from the previous PetSafe version – the Drinkwell Original. You can reduce the motor noises to a minimum by placing a mat underneath the device and by decreasing the water flow.
Much like automatic feeders, interactive treat dispensers, and other types of similar products, Drinkwell Platinum requires some maintenance. It’s advisable to clean it once or twice per week and to fill it with fresh water once a week in order to prevent mold and contamination.
Just like any other product on the market, Drinkwell Platinum has its advantages and disadvantages.
Requires deep cleaning
While the detachable parts are safe for dishwasher cleaning, it’s advisable to manually clean them once or twice per week. This ensures that there will be no mold and contamination to spoil your kitty’s fountain.
It’s not super easy to clean because of the creases and crevices of each plastic part.
Filters need to be changed often
You’ll need to replace the original charcoal filters with new ones every now and then. The fountain comes with a special pre-filter compartment which traps undesirable and potentially harmful debris and particles.
You’ll need to stock up on additional filters, which means you’ll have to keep paying to use it.
The pump is completely submersible, and the water ramp makes the water flow as quiet as possible, but the device still makes relatively quiet noises, so some felines might need a bit of adjusting to their new fountain.
Regardless of its disadvantages, this product is definitely a leader in the market of automatic dispensable water systems for cats.
The water fountain encourages your feline pet to drink more liquids and saves you from the trouble of cleaning and refilling the water bowls each day.
The constant circulation of filtered water ensures that your kitty won’t suffer from dehydration-caused health issues, such as kidney failure and digestion problems.
The six-foot-long cable and the cord-tucks allow you to place the device away from an outlet and hide the unsightly cords from eyesight.
You can even set up the device with a timer so that it won’t run all night long. This is especially useful if you or your cat find the quiet noise bothersome.
We strongly recommend the Drinkwell Platinum water fountain over PetSafe’s previous version and over some other pet fountains, regardless of your kitty’s breed and age.
This product is great for your cat’s daily water supply. But it’s also purr-fect for those times when you need to leave your pet home alone for a day or two.
It’s a good waterer with a reasonable price tag, though we do have some other favorites. Most of them are a bit more expensive, but we think they’re much more attractive. I personally like the ceramic ones.