Wolfie is obsessed with drinking from the faucet, so we purchased three water fountains to try to satisfy his need for running water.
- Cat Mate – Plastic Dog & Cat Fountain, 67.6 ounce
- My Lovely Feline – The Magic Feline Fountain
- Catit – Flower Plastic Cat Fountain, 100 ounce
Things I like about each fountain
The Cat Mate has multiple places for the cats to drink, some with water moving faster than others.
The Cat Mate is very easy to keep filled. I just dump a glass of water in the lowest level. It has a very long 118 inch power cord with inline connector, so there’s no problem with the cord reaching an outlet. The fountain can be disconnected with about 1 foot of cord, and carried to the sink for cleaning without having to wrangle the entire cord.
In comparison, the other fountains have much shorter cords. The Magic Feline cord is 47 inches, while the Catit cord is 39 inches. Because of the way the cords plug in, both can be placed a little over 2 feet from the outlet when you run the cord against a wall.
Cleaning the Cat Mate is easy because there aren’t many nooks and crannies. The top and base go together easily and there’s a slot for the filter.
The Magic Feline is sleek and eye-catching.
A stem provides 2 waterfalls, and there’s a small puddle at the base of the stem. If you look at the side of the bowl and the counter, you can see a lot of water splashes. More on that later.
It’s a bit of a chore to clean and reassemble, and you must pour slowly into the top when topping off the water. This fountain comes with a 2 year warranty and the company seems to have a strong focus on on “community” and offers some pet education resources.
The Catit holds a lot of water and the flower stem provides multiple little waterfalls. You can remove the flower stem and the water just bubbles. Changing the way the water flows may come in handy if Tilly gets bored of the waterfalls.
It’s a bit fussy to clean and reassemble, and you have to pour water in slowly to top off or the water will hit the flower and splash everywhere.
Tilly enjoys drinking from it, but Wolfie isn’t very interested.
What I don’t like about each fountain
The Cat Mate fountain is a functional, utilitarian fountain and I can’t find any negatives. Well, they could have been more creative with the PET MATE label on the front.
The Magic Feline fountain – unfortunately, there are a few things I find annoying.
It costs twice that of the other fountains, but the kittens’ Dad thought Wolfie would like it, so we indulged him. Wolfie drinks from it, so I guess that’s a positive.
The cord and USB power adapter are a bit limiting. The power adapter protrudes 3 inches from the wall. I can’t put this fountain on our small bathroom counter because the adapter sticks out too far and the cats bump into it. I could swap it out with an adapter that has the USB plug on the side, but that would still be a tight fit (and it’s not what the fountain came with for this review).
As far as I can tell, the canister-style filters for this fountain are available only from the company. You must use the filter because it supports the upper tray of the fountain. Each filter is $10 and I have no idea how long it lasts. You can’t see inside the filter to check if it looks gunky.
The other fountains have filters available from major retailers.
Remember the water splashes I mentioned above. Well, water ends up everywhere. Imagine the top of an apple with a drain at the core. Lapping from the waterfall causes water to splash around the top, run down the outside of the fountain and collect around the base. You absolutely need to place this fountain on a water-safe surface or use a waterproof mat (which the company sells).
The Catit – flower Unfortunately, the filter sits just beneath the upper lid so the water level must be very high to keep the filter submerged. I have to add water every day to keep it topped off. This is also the noisiest of the three fountains.
All of the fountains work as advertised and Wolfie and Tilly enjoy drinking from them.
However, Wolfie still prefers the faucets!
A Quick Summary
|Category||Cat Mate||Magic Feline||Catit – Flower|
|Cat Likability||Excellent||Very Good||Good|
|Sound||Very quiet||Very quiet||A bit noisy|
|Drippiness||None||Needs a moat!||None|
|Refilling||Super easy||Pain in the paw||Pour carefully|
|Cleaning||Easy||Slight chore||Slight chore|
|Cord length and use||Extremely Long||Fair||Good|
|Filter cost||$6 per 2 pack||$10 each||$16 per 5 pack|
|Style||Gets the job done||Eye-catching||Fun|