Update: This water feeding system is unavailable. The Aquapurr eC supersedes this model because it works with sensors instead of using a panel. Check my full review of the Aquapurr eC for more details.
Aquapurr is a great invention created by Steven Chalmers, a Computer science programmer and inventor at heart. He suddenly overnight became a cat owner of 2 cats. Then he had to deal with water fountains and the frequent task of cleaning them, dealing with the pump noise, and so on.
After dealing with these water fountains for a long time, he decided to create something that would supply fresh running water for his cats that they could drink at their convenience. All this without dealing with the cleaning and maintenance typical of electric water fountains.
He gave me a free sample to make this review and I fell in love with this idea, it’s simply genius!
My First Impression When Unboxing the Aquapurr
The box comes with several pieces of cardboard holding the items that come with the Aquapurr. The water feeding system doesn’t come with very many pieces. When unpacking the Aquapurr you will find:
The platform (with hose & hardware connections attached to it).
This is the biggest piece of the system. The panel is thin but solid and firm. It has an “L” shaped connector with a hose attached in one end, leaving the other end opened for the pivot to be inserted. The panel is aluminum-faced so it won’t rust.
The bottom of the panel has a spring type button that creates the pressure in the pivot for the water to come out when the cat stands up on the panel. All the connectors of the Aquapurr are made from stainless steel so they won’t rust overtime.
The adapter with its gasket
You will need these two pieces if your faucet’s threads don’t match the ones of the connector.
The standard gasket
This piece goes inside the connector.
It’s from where your cat drinks water. This piece gets inserted in the connector and you need to push firmly because if you don’t a little water might leak from the pivot.
UNBOXING THE AQUAPURR
How to Assemble It
The assembling couldn’t be easier. Place the Aquapurr’s platform on the side of the faucet where you want your cat to stand when drinking. Don’t use the velcros to attach the panel on the surface yet until it’s all connected.
Then, you need to remove the aerator from your faucet, then put the gasket inside the Aquapurr’s connector and screw it on the faucet. The last step is inserting the pivot inside the connector of the panel. Push it down firmly.
Now that is all connected you will see a valve tab in the faucet’s connector that you need to switch from vertical to horizontal, you may find that is a little hard to do this in the beginning but just do it, you won’t break anything.
Then you need to pressure the panel with your hand simulating your cat’s weight and open the water so this way you will see how much water you want for the stream to come out. In the beginning, the water is going to squirt a little but then the stream you adjusted will come out.
Now the last step is peeling the velcros on the bottom of the panel to stick them on the counter so this way the panel doesn’t move around when your cat is on top of it.
VIDEO HOW TO ASSEMBLE IT
Once I installed the Aquapurr I made my cat Sophie test it and I must say the product approved 100% of the test. Every time my cat stood on the panel the stream I adjusted came out just in the amount I chose, the only thing is that little squirt in the beginning but that really didn’t bother my cat at all.
I made a video of my cat looking at this fountain almost fascinated and you can see she leaves the panel and the water stops immediately. If you want to use the water from the faucet just switch the tab vertically and when you’re done, switch it back into cat position adjusting the stream again using your hand on the panel, and the fountain it’s ready to go again!
Here’s the video I made of my cat looking at the Aquapurr almost hypnotized :-):
WHAT ARE THE PROS & CONS OF AQUAPURR WATER FOUNTAIN?
Check a comprehensive list of pros and cons that contains crucial information that will help you decide much better:
- Traveling without worrying about water supply for your cat
- Very easy to assemble, no tools needed
- No need to change the water from the bowl every day
- Always freshwater
- No cleaning plastic fountains with nooks and crannies
- No worry about power outages that could stop the system from working
- No risk of your cat drinking bacteria in still water
- Excellent to prevent feline chin acne
- All connectors are made from stainless steel so they won’t rust over time
- The panel is aluminum-faced so it won’t rust either
- You can’t filter the water your cat drinks
- Some sinks don’t have enough room to put the platform
- Some squirt from the pivot, in the beginning, could scare some cats (most of them get used to it)
- You will need to give up some room on the side of the sink to place this system.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS
Aquapurr is an excellent invention for cats that insist on drinking from the faucet. If you have a cat like that, you don’t need to open and shut the faucet anymore, this system is the best invention that does work.
After examining the whole system and proving it several times with my cat on and off the panel, I must say that the water never stopped from coming out the pivot every time my cat stood on the panel. (Note: If you need an automatic water feeding system with a sensor instead of a panel, check the Aquapurr EC with motion sensor which senses your cat’s body to trigger the water stream).
I must mention that my cat Sophie doesn’t drink from faucets. That’s why in this video she is just staring at the stream. The reason I made this review is because I’ve read a lot of testimonies from cat owners about their cats refusing to drink from a water fountain. Their felines only drink from the faucet, nothing else. That’s why I was so excited to make a good review of this product because I know it will help a lot of people with their cats.
I highly recommend the Aquapurr water fountain for cats that insist on drinking water from the faucet.
Steven Chalmers says
Thanks for a wonderful review Lorena.
Your article made me realize I need to work on the packaging a bit! I already made one change to the packaging for the AquaPurr I shipped this morning.
Lorena Ávila says
You’re welcome Steven! all the items arrived in perfect condition anyway! Thanks for the wonderful invention you created for cat owners!
Another thing that I would list on the Cons side is that you have to be willing to allow your cats on the kitchen counter. I would be more likely to install this in a bathroom or laundry room if there was a longer tube between the faucet adapter and the base plate.
Lorena Ávila says
That’s a good suggestion bumpusd, I’ll make sure to pass this idea to the manufacturer, he is a really nice guy.
Just wanna’ make sure Filters do not have 2 continually have 2 B replaced w/this product!!!
Lorena Ávila says
Hello Fred, the Aquapurr doesn`t have filters.
Lisa Bowyer says
Ok so I have a stubborn cat that will only drink from the faucet. I bought a fountain which he will only use if I act like I am drinking from it LOL, I would love to get your product but I do not have room for it in my kitchen or bathroom (I live in a small apartment). Do you have any suggestions or is it possible that you may be working on a smaller platform design?
Lorena Ávila says
Hello Lisa, you can check my review of the smaller version with sensor, the Aquapurr EC, check my review here. This model has a small base that you can place on top of the sink. Hope that helps!