- Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 24.8 x 11.4 cm ; 1.81 Kg
- Boxed-product Weight: 3 Kg
- Item Model Number: 6022
- ASIN: B00329RZFE
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 1 January 2010
- Customer Reviews: 7,403 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 921 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
Pioneer Ceramic Pet Fountain - Raindrop Style
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- Circulating drinking water is naturally appealing to your pet
- Replaceable charcoal filter for clean and pure water
- Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
Size: 3.75 lb | Colour: Black
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Finally there are ceramic pet fountains that look like they belong in the kitchen. The Raindrop and Big Max drinking fountains are made from heavy duty ceramic and are extremely easy to clean and maintain, and are dishwasher safe. Comes with a replaceable charcoal filter. Holds 60 oz.
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How to clean your pump...
For the longevity of your fountain pump cleaning is essential. Please do the following 1-3 times per month depending on number of animals using the fountain.
2. Disassemble and rinse impeller under water.
3. Clear any hair or debris inside pump away.
4. Place impeller back in and spin a few times to set alignment.
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She’s a bit skittish so I thought she would be scared off by the hum of the pump, but she was curious from the instant I turned it on. A few moments later she was having a drink.
I wish they did them in a smaller size, you have to put in probably a couple of liters of water so most of it gets thrown out daily.
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I have now ordered a small pump from China, to use in it, as the drinking fountain was really popular with the cats and dogs.
Origial review below:
Well... approved by two of the kitties anyway. :) And out of the feline gang, they were the two we got the fountain for (the two of them used to be obsessed with drinking of the sink).
It's much bigger than anticipated (never took any notice of the size), but also looks smarter in real life than what it did on the product desciption.
Seriously easy to get up and running - make sure the pump is placed in the correct location, place the white lid on top. Fill with water, then plug it in. Done! If no water is coming up on the top, remove the lid, and make sure the pump is hitting the lid where it's supposed to.
The two cats that use it, both drink from the flowing water, and from the bottom pool. Both dogs also love it, and will happily drink from either the pool, or from the top.
Nice and quiet too, just a relaxing sound of the water (normally I remove sound from videos, but left it here, so you can listen). As it goes empty, you will hear the pump, when it gets exposed, and no longer covered by water, but it's just to top it up.
The fountain itself doesn't make any mess either - no water splashing anywhere as it's running, or the cats drinking from it... when it comes to the dogs however, that's a whole other story... as per usual they'll slurp like crazy, toungues flicking water, their whole faces getting covered, and water dripping all over the place. However, cannot blame that on the fountain, the dogs does exactly the same with their regular drinking bowls too. :)
In the end I just went to my local pet store and bought a totally different fountain from there and it already is much quieter, tidier and the cats prefer it but time will tell.
-- original review:
It makes some weird spluttering noises, even if it is full of water and there is a low somewhat annoying hum all the time but other than that it has been great! I kind of was expecting the noise as it is a motor and there is going to be times when the pump does something odd or sucks in some air somehow.
My cats are using it, there is little-to-no splashing and the water still looks clean. The cable isn't massively long, but I have oddly placed sockets which exacerbate it a lot - if the socket was on the floor it wouldn't be as much of an issue (although obviously don't put this water fountain next to a plug!
It was pretty easy to put together too so all in all i'm pretty happy with my purchase!
2 motors provided for each unit... one for UK n 'a n other' for outside UK use, if u have an adapter then u get to keep one motor as a spare :))
Easy to follow instructions.
Easy to take apart/put back together again.
Simple construction aids ease of use.
I easily changed over pump motor to UK one.
Rinsed filter as instructed before use(to save any bits of black carbon laying in the bottom of the fountain).
Put filter in position (with white side facing waterbowl, black side facing motor unit).
Replaced lid and filled with water.
Took a little moving about on the floor to get the best position to save any vibrating noises... and then all fine...
Pets had no problem accepting items.
Noise occurs if the fountain is not filled up to limit-including animals depleating water levels by drinking from fountain-so top up is required to combat any vibrating noise which might occur. Once this is sorted out... AND make sure the motor is suctioned to the base properly with its small suction pads(pads already in place)... there is v little noise.
Early days but at this price(i noticed the price of the replacement filters has gone up from £2.99 per pack to £15.99 or thereabouts ... eeeeek! on Amazon.. but there are other outlets which offer these filters at the reasonable under £5.00 for 3 methinks) im happy with my purchase.
I think additional motors can also be purchased on the alternative site where I found the filters at the more reasonable price. Amazon gave me the best price, at this time, on the units-happy to buy 2 units as other makes were more than the price of these two put together
Instructions for cleaning/periodical change of filter are very clear.
=quiet device when set up properly and maintained with correct water level
=take away other source of water and pets happy to use
... health benefits outweigh any change in routine to pets :))
will update if i find subsequent use impairs quality.
I bought this as a result of reading reviews, specifically interested in the stainless steel usage and, just as important, it looked as if it would be difficult to destroy. This picture is what we saw when we came downstairs the morning after receiving it. Interestingly this time the cat seemed interested purely in playing with the water at the top and sticking his paws into the hole at the end of the waterfall. He showed absolutely no interest in actually drinking the water, which I found a little strange as he did like drinking from the other plastic unit.
I am off to B&Q this morning to see if I can find a way of hacking this product so that it's not possible for a cat to either (a) drag it across the floor and create a mess; and (b) secure the top section.
I am amazed that the manufacturers of ALL these cat fountains, did not consider these things in their design.....
List of things that would render a product like this unusable:
1. The cat could take it apart, because cats like to.. you know... mess with things
I dont know whether my hacks will end up working.. possibly another £60 down the drain... but really Pioneer, no stars for a really 'could do better' design. For this much money you really should have covered more the of the fundamental design parameters.
Its easy to take apart for cleaning. The filter pulls right out for rinsing.
Its not as noisy as I thought it might be. I have it in my bedroom and its not quiet enough to sleep with it on but its only a low hum.
You have to make sure the water is at the minimum level which is pretty much almost full (up to the white section), otherwise it does make it louder.
Setting it on a cloth stops any slashes - especially since my cat seems to think its a paddling pool - and reduces the noise even more if its on a wooden floor. The general running of it doesn't splash out of the unit.
If it does the pump has a flow control letting you reduce or increase the flow, if it does splash out just turn it down.
Mine came with two pumps, one with a 2-pin plug and another with a 3-pin plug and adapter.
Im extremely happy with it and for the price I think its great value.
Some people have said it is quiet, others that it is noisy. I have found that it is usually quiet, but sometimes is incredibly loud. This seems to depend on the orientation of the power lead, so I assume it has to do with the vibrations of the pump. If you find it too loud, it can quite possibly be fixed by wiggling the power lead around or re-orienting the bowl until the noise stops.
As for the pump itself, it is plenty powerful, and certainly quiet when it isn't causing other things to vibrate.
Actually two pumps are included, one which works directly from a US plug at 120V, and another which plugs in to the included UK power adapter. It seems a bit odd that Pioneer doesn't simply include only the plug for the specific country the product is being sold in, but I now have a free small 120V pump, so I suppose I shouldn't complain?
I managed to get amazon to replace the item in the end after contacting them. They replaced my item as it was faulty with no trouble, it came quick. I have now upped my stars from 2-5 there is a switch I found so you can turn it down which helps lower the power. so far so good but I do worry it will break down again. fingers crossed. my kittens have just turned one and are loving it even sometimes just watch it run lol
Also, for those asking about UK or US plugs... mine came with a motor and plug unit for the UK, and also, another motor and plug unit for the US.
**ETA: I Learned how to fix the pump and get it working again! One of the sides of the pump will come off (just pops off). Next you will take off the circular cover for the motor. You should be able to see the little fly wheel / spoked wheel-thingy (mine was yellow) with a little metal nib in the middle. If this is covered in hair, THIS IS THE CULPRIT! Remove the hair and scrub it a bit (I used a dish brush). It took a couple of times of cleaning to get it working again - but VOILA! My pump now works!