PetLibro’s Water Fountain Review: the cats like it.
Cat guardians often wonder how can we can get your cat to drink more water? A water fountain could be the answer.
Felines can be very finicky about what they eat and drink, as well as where they eat and drink. The beauty of a water fountain makes the water look more natural – like they would find in the wild. As the water is constantly running, it is fresher and can taste better.
At Paws, we were delighted by having an opportunity to review the PetLibro Water Fountain, and our conclusion – the cats like it.
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What is the best water fountain for cats? At Paws, we can’t say for sure, but we were delighted to have an opportunity to review it, and the concussion of the PetLibro Water Fountain Review: the cats like it. We left the final say up to the cats, and they gave it a paws-up rating.
While we love the idea of a water fountain for the cats, we have not had the best luck with durability, and the test of time will show how long it lasts. Other fountains also have some quirks that make it cumbersome to replace the filers. The only trick with the PetLibro Water Fountain is to be sure to soak the carbon filter for 15 minutes and rinse it thoroughly under running water before using the water fountain. The directions clearly state this is important for the fountain to function correctly. Following this step will allow the filter to work smoothly, eliminating spillage, and preventing any activated carbon granules from shedding out into the water.
Getting cats to drink more water tricky
- How often you’ll need to change the filter will depend on the number of pets using the fountain, and how much they drink. The directions recommend changing the filter every two to four weeks. PetLibro recommends changing filters every month or two, depending on usage.
Another great feature is the height. It’s like having an elevated water bow, allowing kitty to drink comfortably without having to crouch.
The set-up is amazingly easy, and the directions are very easy to follow. While the water fountain is plastic, not ceramic, it does appear to be sturdy. One drawback is that it is not battery operated, which means the fountain needs to be located near an electric outlet. We would really like to see this feature added as a point of safety and convenience. However, the cord is detachable, so you can easily disconnect the fountain from the electrical source to refill.
PetLibro’s Water Fountain Review: the cats like it
This water fountain for pets features a bubbling top, which helps convince your finicky furry family member to drink more water. It also circulates the water, preventing bacteria from growing at the bottom of the tank. Plus, its filter and pump help stop fur, debris and dirt from getting into your pet’s water, something that is not possible with just a water bowl, even if you diligently change the water every day.
PetLibro’s Water Fountain Review: the cats like it, and here’s why. The sleek design will fit almost any room. The fountain is very quiet, but you can hear the swirling water. Another bonus, it will glow in the dark, making it easy for your fur baby to find. Another bonus, the PetLibro Water Fountain is good for small dogs.
Cats like PetLibro’s Cat Water Fountain
The fountain pieces simply stack together. The pump sits at the bottom of the water reservoir. I assembled the fountain and then added the water to the reservoir. We would suggest using a glass to add the water, as this was the one feature the Paws cat family found a bit cumbersome. The fountain features a handy viewing window so that you can see how much water is in the reservoir, and do keep watch, as the level may drop quicker than you think. Once the water level dropped to an unacceptable level, I found the fountain making a bit more noise, but not enough to be annoying.
The electrical cord plugs into the fountain base, Once the reservoir was placed on the base and received power, water started bubbling up. At first I was concerned that it might overflow, especially since the top water tray floated up. That didn’t happen, and fountain kept bubbling steadily.
High-quality cat water fountain
A high-quality water fountain’s filter should fit a couple of basic criteria. It should include:
- A carbon filter to capture odors and small particles.
- A pre-filter to capture larger debris, such as pet hair. This helps extend the life of your filter and prevents damage to the fountain pump.
The PetLibro water fountain provides us with both of these elements. It features a pre-filter built into the top water tray, effectively keeping hair, sediment, and debris from reaching the inner filter and pump inside.
The replaceable inner filter has four components that contribute to the filtration process. Let’s take a closer look.
PetLibro uses a four-step filtration process
Medical stone: The filter is made with medical stone to improve water quality. Medical stone, or sodium aluminosilicate, is porous and commonly used as an adsorbent for a variety of purposes, including water filtration.
Ion exchange resin: The filter includes ion exchange resin to soften hard tap water. Hard water can damage the fountain pump over time.
Sponge: The sponge inside the filter traps any sand or rust that might be in the water.
Granular activated carbon: Granular activated carbon is an important filter component known for its ability to filter out many organic chemicals, including those that cause bad odors, from water.
When you put them all together, it filters out debris, heavy metals, and other contaminants. The inclusion of a pre-filter on the water tray is a great addition as it helps extend the life of the filter.
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PetLibro’s Water Fountain Review: the cats like it. It did not take long for my cats to check out the water fountain, and they really like it, not something Paws can say for other fountains Paws has tried in the past.
The cats still use their regular water bowl, but I am convinced they are drinking more water than before. I would highly recommend this water fountain to anyone trying to get their kitty to drink more water.
- 5-layer circulated filtration: Tray mesh, sponge, GAC (Granular Activated Carbon), ion exchange resin, plus medical stone are designed to filter out hair, large particles, debris, sand & rust, remove odors & impurities, soften hard tap water, and improve water quality.
- Freshwater 24/7: A 74oz/2.2L reservoir provides a continuous supply of clean, safe water for your pet while taking up little floor space;
- Detachable design for easy & thorough cleaning.
- Smart Control: Total safety support with an auto-off function at a low water level to avoid the pump from running dry.
- Quiet: Works quietly at a noise level as low as 38dB (30dB is the sound of a whisper) with a smart auto on night light
- Easy set-up
- Night light making it easy to monitor the water level in poorly lit areas
- Changing the water filter is easy
- Not battery operated models
- If fill to capacity, spillage very possible when moving the fountain from the water faucet to the fountains stationary location
- The water level gauge is at the bottom, and if the fountain is on the floor can be difficult to read
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