Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday at the Movies - Water Fountain

We're combining a lot of things with today's post:  a movie, flashback with Baby Truffle, and a special memory of Angel Sweet Praline.  We're continuing our focus on National Pet Hydration Month, which is sponsored by PetSafe.  Did you know that your pet needs one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day? Or that many pets instinctively prefer to drink moving water?  The flashback today is centered around the Drinkwell® Platinum Fountain, which is the first fountain we ever owned.

Now for a little flashback fun...


Way back in March 2009, Mom Paula purchased a Drinkwell Platinum Fountain for Angel Sweet Praline.  Praline was already 13 years old and the vet was recommending the need for more water in her diet.  Praline always drank from a regular bowl, but Mom Paula had read a lot about the positive aspects of running water for cats, so she bought a fountain.  Many of you will remember that Sweet Praline was known as the Diva of the Cat Blogosphere because of her little tortie catitude.  

Sweet Praline staring at the water fountain

Mom Paula was so proud that she had been able to purchase a fountain for Sweet Praline with her tax refund, but try as she could, Sweet Praline wouldn't touch it.  She would just stand there staring at it and then go drink water out of her Gamecock water bowl.  The battle between Mom Paula and Sweet Praline went on for about two weeks.  Sweet Praline was having a lot of medical issues at this time, so Mom Paula had a little "raffle" and was able to raise enough funds to pay the vet bills and some other kitty was able to enjoy the fountain.  You can read about Sweet Praline and the fountain here.  


Baby Truffle and the water fountain

When Truffle came to live with Mom Paula in September 2011, another Drinkwell Platinum fountain was purchased.  Truffle was already drinking from a fountain when she was a kitten and lived with Mom Terri.  Mom Paula considered getting the exact same fountain, but still liked the reviews of the Platinum fountain, so that's what she bought.  Mom Paula was sitting in the living room and kept hearing odd sounds of the water in the fountain, like it was stopping mid-stream.  She walked into the kitchen and caught Truffle with the fountain.  She quickly grabbed the video camera and shot footage of Truffle.  It's a little long and you'll hear the TV in the background because of the quick need to capture this video.  Once Truffle learned to drink from the "flow" it's the only way she'll drink the water.  We really liked this fountain because there is a large enough "bowl" for Brulee to drink.  The only problem with it is that it's plastic and Truffle started getting some feline acne so we had to stop using it. We still have it and it works great!   We really wish Drinkwell would make this same design in ceramic or stainless steel.

Baby Brulee and Baby Brulee eating near their fountain

We're still drinking from water fountains and are very excited to try out a new fountain we received this weekend.  Stay tuned for our reaction and a give-away of a wonderful fountain from PetSafe.


28 comments:

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

TBT gave up on our water fountain a few years ago. Iza wanted to catch the bubbles, so she started knocking it over with her broad shoulders and TBT got tired of mopping the floor.

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

OMC, that video is so funny! I'm glad Truffle finally figured it out. When I came here, there was already a fountain, and I started using it right away.

Marg said...

Great video. Glad Truffle liked the fountain. Happy Fourth of July to you.

Julie Huston said...

Loved the video, You are invited to share this with Feline Art Friday:
http://kittypartay.blogspot.com/2015/07/feline-art-friday.html

The Florida Furkids said...

That video is adorable!!

The Florida Furkids

Brian said...

Fountains are terrific! We enjoyed seeing that Angel Sweet Praline.

The Island Cats said...

That's like having your very own shower! :)

The Whiskeratti said...

Oh yeah, our Mom bought us a Drinkwell Pagoda awhile back. It was a big deal for her too, getting something that cost that much. And like dear Praline, we stared at it, but never, ever used it.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Yes, we refused the drinking fountain, something that shocked the woman as she had had fountains around in her home and the cats always used them. Well you know the moral: if you want it for us, we will refuse...

Robin Mudge said...

I am going to have to try a fountain with Cinco and Manna. They are good about drinking water from their water bowls, but I think they would really enjoy the fresh, flowing water from a fountain.It looks like the two of you really love your fountains! I will be watching for that giveaway. :)
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

Flynn said...

That is a very cute video of Truffle. Me and Eric won a teardrop fountain in a giveaway by Angus Mhor. (I wonder what happened to him) Mum had to turn it off at night because Eric scraped all the water out of it all over the kitchen floor. She was afraid the motor would burn out if he got all the water out.

MattieDog said...

Great video - Truffle figured it out!!

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Praline was adorable. Water fountains are great, we have one. I unplug it at night though because I worry about fires.

Melissa and Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Angel Praline went to the Bridge before I joined the cat blogosphere...what a beauty!!! Her tortie colors were absolutely magnificent.

Sweet Purrfections said...

If you ever want to take some time to read about her, I blogged with her for 3 years. Her blog is http://sweetpraline.blogspot.com

Colehaus Cats said...

Aww, Angel Praline! Most of us love our ceramic fountain but a couple of us prefer to sit with sad faces by the kitchen faucet in hopes someone will trickle the water there instead.

Ann Staub said...

I guess the fountain works as a shower too! MOL! We have this same fountain, but haven't used it in a while because my 3 year old human will play in it.

Cathy Keisha said...

TW thought that video was too funny. She also said that I try to “bite” the wtater too.

Shayna said...

*whispers* You do that too?

Jans Funny Farm said...

So how is Truffle with a full bath? She doesn't seem to mind getting her head wet.

Pawesome Cats said...

Love the video and Baby Truffles. We have fountains in our household, and they get a lot of use, especially during summer.

Fur Everywhere said...

Did you all get to try the Pagoda fountain? If that's the one PetSafe sent, I'm sure Truffle and Brulee will love it! Carmine really loves his. Milita still prefers to drink from a water bowl, though, MOL.

dezizworld.com said...

Aaaaaw Poor smooshed face Truffle. We have a Nature spa and altho' it's plastic too (much to mommys chagwin) da stweam wuld be much easier fur Truffle to dwink fwum. Me luvs it. Well sis Lexi luvs it too, but she dusn't dwink fwum da stweam, she dwinks fwum da bowl pawt.

Luv ya'

Dezi and Lex

PeeEss da company is AVPPet.com. Yous can also get it on amazon.

Jen Gabbard said...

That's the best video ever - seriously I love it lol. We haven't tried any fountains but now I'm curious to see if Laika would use it or just make a mess.

Carleenp said...

My cats used to love their fountain!

FidoseofReality said...

Dex loves a fountain for water and he drinks more because of it, too.

Sweet Purrfections said...

We have one if those too and really like it.

Meet the Fur-Bombers! said...

We love our Petsafe Big Dog Fountain! It works wonderfully for our SEVEN pets! In fact my cats throw a fit when the fountain is 'out of commission' for cleaning lol