My favorite quiet cat water fountain for 2020

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My current favorite quiet cat water fountain is the Petsafe Drinkwell Seascape fountain! It may be the best fountain, but I do not feel comfortable saying “best” as I have not tried all of the pet drinking fountains that are available.

In the fall of 2020, I added a PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel fountain to our home as Lina decided she didn’t want to use the Seascapes (we have two) anymore. You can read that story in my review of the Drinkwell 360.

Also, since some cats can have an allergy to plastic, we decided on a ceramic model (we have used plastics models previously).

I also made a video to show you how quiet the fountain is and to show how to assemble the fountain.

Here are the reasons that I love this fountain:

#1 ​The fountain is quiet!

The pump is the quietest pump we have tried so far. The ceramic design may also reduce the noise (I am not a sound expert).

Previously, we had the Drinkwell Pagoda fountain, but it wasn’t quiet enough for me as the water could be heard flowing into the water basin. The trick to make it quiet is to put a 5″ plate or small bowl under the lip of the fountain. Then the water gently slides down the bowl or plate into the holding dish. You can see how this worked in my old video from 2017.

Our previous models have included Petmate Deluxe models (their small one and a larger-sized model) and Drinkwell Platinum. ​Perhaps, the vibration was different from the plastic as they were never as quiet as the ceramic fountains.

The water flow of the Seascape model is very quiet. The centerpiece is a round dome and the water quietly flows into the basin.

Pagoda is on the left with the bowl trick to make the water flow quiet. The Seascape model is on the right.

​#2 ​Cleaning is easy

This model has been easy to clean. The instructions say that the ceramic bowl and piece covering the parts are dishwasher safe. So far, we have only hand washed the fountain. I do not recommend putting any of the plastic or rubber parts in the dishwasher.

The fountain is easy to unassemble and put back together. Other models we have tried, had plastic parts that needed to click into place. The Seascape feels like less of a challenge to get the parts re-aligned.

The pump can be cleaned too. The faceplate can be removed and some of the internal components can be cleaned. You can watch this video for a demonstration. Sometimes cat hair will make through the foam filter, which can slow down the water flow.

Before using the carbon filter for the first time (or when you replace it), be sure to run some water through it first. Otherwise, the gray dust will disperse into the water fountain.

#3 ​Topping off the water is easy

The water bowl level is maintained at the full level by adding more water. This can be done by taking a cup of water and adding it to the fountain. There isn’t a separate holding container to remove and refill.

I find taking water to the fountain more convenient than having to remove a piece to refill.

The capacity of the basin is large at 70 ounces. There are other fountains with higher capacity but the 70 ounces is more than enough for one day for all my cats as we have two fountains and other bowls for them as well.

#4 ​The cats like it!

All eight of my cats like the fountains. We currently have two. We also have a few regular bowls throughout the house for their convenience, but most of the cats prefer the fountain.

Some of the cats will drink from the basin next to the center dome, others lick the dome, and sometimes the drink directly from the center where the water is pumping out.

Bonus information!

  • The carbon filters are available as a Subscribe and Save item on Amazon! You can select how often you want to receive new filters. The manual has recommended replacement frequency.
  • Cat water fountains are one way to help your cats drink more water. We started using fountains many years ago when crystals were found in Buster’s urine.
  • Your cat may play in or splash water out of the water bowl. My twins, Jake and Elwood, are the usual culprits in my home. You may want to place the fountain on a mat or something to help keep your floor dry.
  • Remember to change the filters!
  • If the water level gets too low, the pump will burnout. Also, the pump will eventually wear out from regular use. Petsafe uses the same pump for several fountain models.
  • If you are looking for a stainless steel water fountain, this Pioneer model is quiet. We had this model for a year or more until I didn’t follow the instructions and put the plastic parts in the dishwasher (on the top shelf!). They melted just enough to prevent reassembly.
  • The usual advice is to place water bowls and food bowls not next to each other. We did for years, but since The Internet is full of cat advice, the general recommendation seems to be to place food and water in separate locations.

Summary

My favorite quiet cat water fountain is currently the Petsafe Drinkwell Seascape fountain. The ceramic dome design results in smooth water flow. Also, the pump isn’t noisy. All of my cats drink water from this fountain.

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3 thoughts on “My favorite quiet cat water fountain for 2020”

  1. We’re on our second basic Drinkwell fountain. The design has improved, but it uses the same filters, which is great because I bought out the supply from a small cat-related business a couple of years back when they switched to the fancy, expensive fountains. We love our Drinkwell! I take it apart and clean it weekly, per manufacturer instructions — it is easy and quick. I add a glass of water daily, because even with the supply, I want to make sure the fill level is good.

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