I have been battling war of the mildew smell on my pet water fountains (the plastic ones) for 2 years now. I started with the Platinum Drinkwell, which is NOT made of platinum as the name may make some believe...it is made of plastic. Plastic that holds the smell of mildew in it. Like a grody fish tank with no fishes.
Yes, I cleaned it every 2 weeks. Yes, I changed the filter. No, it wasn't ever in the sun. I even used bottled water. Stink, stank, stunk. Now the "Platinum" has a resevoir for holding additional water. Even the inside of that stunk. When I called up the Drinkwell company, they said they'd never had that complaint before. "Did you try baking soda? bleach? vinegar?" Yepyepyep. So although I'd done everything right, I had to buy a new resevoir and their special cleaning brushes just to make sure I was doing the job right. 6 months later, guess what? Same crap. So I blamed it on the resevoir. I bought a Drinkwell 360, which doesn't have a resevoir and is easier to clean.....but there's no filter for the pet hair that gets into it, so you end up cleaning at least once a week and guess what? [= Yep, after 3 months, mildew smell in the water again. (roll eyes here.)
Ok, could it be my really too excellent sense of smell? Perhaps. The cats were still lightly using the "Platinum" prior to me giving up on it. The 360 they used for maybe 3 weeks max. So now, what to do ....what to do.....
Man, you just gotta love Etsy. Here is a true alternative to the plastic cleaning nightmares that come with pet fountains! Thirsty Cat Fountains makes these by hand...Here's the info from the seller that made me plunk down a chunk of change for one last ditch effort on the drinking fountain for our furry roomates:
Handmade of 100 % food-safe ceramics
- Promotes feline health with fresh flowing, oxygenated water
- Cats prefer moving water and will drink more and stay healthier
- Cats can drink from the bubble-spout or from the bowl
- Ceramic bowls do not scratch and do not harbor bacteria
- 10 cup capacity
- Easy to assemble, easy to clean.
- One of a kind, handmade in America
- 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not completely happy with your fountain you may return it for a full refund of the fountain price.
Now, you know I couldn't help myself and had to purchase the attachment that goes with it, just cuz if I were a cat, I'd want it:
cat tap accessory in copper
OOOOOOOOOOH!!! I'm more excited than a bird with a french fry! I will review when I get it, but in case any of you have the itchin' to spend some money on your furry critters right this very minute on etsy, the seller is CatFountains. The fountains are a bit spendy, but I'm hoping they are worth every penny......