I have had the white Ceramic Pagoda Pet fountain for over 3 years and I love it. It stays clean longer if you only use filtered water (NOT distilled --which is very bad for pets or people to drink). You can use one of several types of filter pitcher to fill your fountain, and suing filtered water means that you can go longer without having to clean the fountain, and your filters last longer. This fountain is so elegant that I keep it on a wide stone window-sill where I can enjoy looking at it in the kitchen (but not where sunlight strikes it, as this will encourage algae; which is harmless but not sightly.) Sometimes I float a (non-toxic!) flower like a pink on the water, which the cat enjoys watching or pulling out just for fun. I only leave the flower in a few hours so as not to let the stem start to rot. The Cat loves the whole idea.
I ordered this in Himalayan Blue. It is very pretty as a table top fountain or a pet water dish. I put it on the floor for the cats to drink from and it took about 2 weeks for them to get used to it and start using it. However, with the carbon filter installed, the water does not flow enough to fall out of the top as shown in the picture. I removed the filter and use water from our reverse osmosis system.
I purchased this fountain to replace the same model that I (by accident) dropped into my sink and cracked. I wanted to stay with the same model as I lots of filters that I had already purchased but was also very satisfied with this. Once filled, it's very quiet. Soothing almost. As the water level drops, the volume increases but only from the water coming out of the "spigot" areas has further to drop so there is a louder splashing. The hum of the motor is very quiet. Compared to the stainless teardrop shaped fountain that I purchased, this ceramic one is silent! We have 5 small dogs who really enjoy this fountain and there is just enough of a churning motion that is created by the water coming of the spigot areas on the top of the fountain to keep the water circulating and push any debris to the filter. I have to change my filters more often because of the heavy use but I don't mind because the snap apart motor and configuration of the fountain make it quick and easy. We purchased this to get away from the plastic fountain (from Drinkwell) that I had purchased many many many years ago. The fountain still worked well but the plastic felt scratchy and I thought it was harboring bacteria. The search began for either stainless or ceramic. Like I mentioned before, I purchase a stainless one but didn't like the way it sounded or functioned so out it went. I have one dog in particular that likes to drink from the spigot part (maybe he's part cat?) and the stainless one only had a pool at the top that drained down a ramp. He was disappointed. It was very loud also. The motor casing in all fountains and this one is plastic so we didn't escape having plastic totally but my dogs don't seem to have a sensitivity to it so far. (they eat from ceramic though) I would recommend this fountain for purchase but keep in mind that it's great for smaller pets. No 90 pound Labrador is going to want to mess with this design.
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