Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thankful Thursday! Our review of The Drinkwell 360 Fountain!


Way back in August, right after attending BlogPaws, we were contacted by a nice young man named Zach (who we met there) who asked us if we would like to do a review on a Drinkwell Pet Fountain made by Veterinary Ventures, Inc.

Teri wrote back to him, and told him that we already had one Drinkwell Fountain, the 360 model and that she spreads the word about it both at the cat hospital where she works and to cat friends in general.

We said we'd be happy to do a review of the 360 model, so Veterinary Ventures sent us a second one!



As our followers may remember, Brighton spent 3 days in an emergency hospital in June 2010 with a urinary blockage and that is when Teri bought the The Drinkwell® 360 Pet Fountain.

Brighton eats 99% canned food which helps increase his water intake, and with The Drinkwell® 360 Pet Fountain, Teri knows he is getting the water he needs and he has not had another urinary episode since then.


The Drinkwell® 360 Pet Fountain has interchangeable spout rings that can make up to 5 free-falling streams of water for families with more than one cat, like us! That's another reason we like it over the Original model, cuz we can all have our our spout and don't have to wait in line at the water fountain, hahameow! Here's a video of Coco sipping away...



All the Drinkwell Fountains have a filter to help keep the water fresh and free of debris and contaminants (like from when we paddle our paws around in the water--do any of you kitties out there do that, too?).


Drinkwell has a few different models to choose from, and even makes a large doggie sized fountain, too. And they were all designed by a veterinarian who also had a kitty that loved to drink from faucets!

Teri likes The Drinkwell® 360 Pet Fountain over the
Original model as it is so easy to clean, no nooks and crannies. That was one reason she stopped using the original version we had, as it took little bottle brushes to get all the crevices clean, and Teri said it was like maintaining an aquarium...which we wish we had, but she says she doesn't have time to care for fishies, too!

All Drinkwell Fountains are dishwasher safe on the top rack, and that makes cleaning them easy, but Teri never tried that when we just had one, but she will now we have two!

Especially for cats, and especially for those on dry kibble, water consumption is vital and something most pet owners don't monitor well. This site has a good writeup on the importance of water intake in the cat:

The Importance of Water Intake for Cats

Using a pet fountain encourages pets to drink more (we all know how many cats love to drink fresh flowing water from the faucet, right?!). So, by using a pet fountain, and letting us have 24/7 access to running water (not just when she turns on the bathroom faucet, hahameow!) she knows we are well-hydrated!

Before we had two, somehow the days would pass and Teri didn't get around to cleaning the fountain as often as she should have and with Brighton having a history of urinary blockage and the need to drink a lot of water, that was not good!

So now, every few days, Teri puts out the fresh, clean fountain and then gets the dirty one cleaned up ready to go! So for our particular family, having two is perfect! Here's another short video of Disco lapping at the fountain, before getting distracted and wandering off...




We give the The Drinkwell® 360 Pet Fountain our Paw of Approval and Teri says that even though having a fountain is a little more work than just filling up a water bowl, she thinks we are healthier and happier having the fountain, so she give it a Thumbs Up, too!

If you would like to learn more about the Drinkwell line of pet fountains, they have a great website with lots of info and videos where you can see all their models in action, just click
HERE.

Disclaimer: We are happy to be a part of this product review, and we did receive a free The Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain to use and review, and keep! However, all of the opinions about the product are ours and not dictated in any way by the company.

5 comments:

  1. Great review! We want one of these! Water consumption is so impawtant. Thanks fur the info on this. (Mom says thanks fur the Disco video.)

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  2. That 360 sure is a lovely drinking bowl!

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  3. That looks super. Is it quiet? I am kind of afraid of small motor sounds, they make me very angry and want to hit things. But I do VERY much love to dip my paw in a bit...

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  4. We love our Drinkwell 360. We like to play in it almost as much as we like to drink from it. Mom had to put a washing machine pan under ours cuz we get water everywhere when we play. MOL

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  5. That's a great looking fountain. Thanks for the review. We've always wondered about them. Especially because my pet is so fascinated by moving water!

    Pet Water Fountain

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