Easy to clean
Bowl stays full without refilling
Keeps water fresh
Design just isn’t appealing to some cats
More hassle than a classic cat bowl
Cord isn’t aesthetically appealing
We purchased Catit's Fresh & Clear Stainless Steel Top Drinking Fountain so our writer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.
Humans have it so good. Not only do we have the privilege of eating from a table—rather than on the floor—but we also have access to filtered water and a fresh glass with every drink. No matter how thoroughly and regularly we clean our cats’ water bowl, it seems to get dusty and discolored the second we turn our back. So imagine our excitement when we discovered a solution to our problem.
Cat fountains come in many different designs, some resemble a fountain while others are more akin to office water coolers. The goal of these drinking vessels is to provide consistently clean and filtered water to cats—particularly those who turn their nose up at day-old bowls. Water is integral to a cat’s health, preventing kidney and bladder infections, so while cat fountains are luxuries for some pet owners, for others, they function more like necessities. Read on to see what we thought of the Catit Fresh & Clear Stainless Steel Top Drinking Fountain.
Design: Cute minus the chord
The design of the Catit Drinking Fountain is pretty great, but don’t be fooled by Amazon’s beauty shots which neglect to showcase the black cord. The stainless steel bowl and white outer structure look sleek and sophisticated and the 6.4 x 8.5 x 8.5-inch size (64-ounce capacity) is neither too small or large. But—and this is a big but—the cord kind of ruins the futuristic aesthetic. Perhaps if the cord were white it would blend more seamlessly with the design, but as it stands now it looks quite clunky.
We must admit, however, that an electric fountain is better than a battery-powered machine. If the batteries were to die while we were on an overnight trip, our helpless cats would be without water. So obviously, we understand the logistics of the cord; we just wish it wasn’t such an eyesore.
Our last note on the design is that the shallowness of the bowl leaves a little to be desired. It can be hard to tell if there’s water in the bowl and if there is, it’s hard to tell just how deep it is. Our cats took a little longer to acclimate to the device, possibly because it doesn’t resemble the bowls they’re used to.
Filtering Capabilities: Top notch
This fountain certainly impressed us with its filtering capabilities. Typically, our cats’ water bowl will grow dingy within a day, collecting dust, grime, and hair. The Catit fountain, however, stayed fresh, clean, and perfectly clear for the better part of a week thanks to its filter. The “triple action” filter uses carbon to remove bacteria and chlorine; ion-exchange resin to soften hard water; and a mesh pad to filter out larger particles like dirt, food, and hair.
All things considered, it’s pretty simple to clean this cat fountain.
Thanks to its pump, which constantly circulates water, the Catit also manages to inhibit bacterial growth. The choice of a stainless steel bowl wasn’t just for looks, either—the material is considered the most hygienic for pet bowls. We were able to go an entire week without cleaning the fountain, and the only thing that tipped us off to its need for a wash down was a little white residue.
Adjustment Time: Be patient
We’ll be honest, our cats weren’t drawn to this fountain immediately, but we think that’s an issue of personal preference. Since they preferred to drink from their normal bowl, we just plugged the fountain in next to it to let them warm up to the idea of moving water.
About three weeks into placing the fountain, our cats tepidly began to drink from it. It was certainly a slow process, but by the month mark we felt comfortable removing their normal bowl, leaving them only with the Catit fountain. Now, they’ve acclimated to the fountain and have no qualms drinking from it. In the past, we’ve had cats who preferred to drink from non-conventional sources (the sink and toilet, mainly), so we’re certain they would have taken to this fountain like moths to a flame.
Ease of Cleaning: Pretty simple
All things considered, it’s pretty simple to clean this cat fountain. Once the water level has gone down (you can’t clean it when it is too full or water will spill), you can remove the stainless steel top and simply clean that. It’s also a good idea to rinse the filter; washed regularly, it can last you a few months. When it’s time for a replacement, you can buy a new one on Amazon.
Every couple of weeks you’ll need to disassemble the bowl to clean out its interior, but this should take only 10 to 15 minutes. Generally, the upkeep is quite minimal, but if you’re used to a standard cat bowl, it may feel like an unwanted chore.
Price: Middle of the road
Retailing for roughly $40, this fountain isn’t the most nor the least expensive cat fountain on the market. There are some fountains whose prices hover in the twenties, whereas higher-end options can cost nearly $100. We would say that for the moderately low price tag of $40, this fountain definitely delivers a bang for your buck.
Petsafe Drinkwell Sedona Fountain vs. Catit Fresh & Clear Stainless Steel Top Drinking Fountain
With a chic, serving-bowl-esque design, the Petsafe Drinkwell Sedona Fountain is a welcome addition to most homes. Like the Catit, the Petsafe fountain uses a submersible pump and carbon filter to keep your pets’ water fresh. Reviewers also vouch for its cleanliness and say it can two to four weeks without a proper cleaning. The Petsafe can hold 100 ounces of water, as opposed to Catit’s 64, so it may also be more suitable for multi-pet households. All that said, it’s double the price of the Catit at $85, so you’ll want to weigh your needs—both aesthetic and capacity related—before purchasing.
- Product Name Fresh & Clear Stainless Steel Top Drinking Fountain
- Product Brand Catit
- MPN 50023
- Price $43.99
- Weight 2.15 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 6.4 x 8.5 x 8.5 in.
- Capacity 64 fl. oz.