Cat Mate Pet Fountain – Full Review

Cat Mate Pet Fountain

Cat Mate Pet Fountain

Cat Mate Pet Fountain allows your cat to have a fresh and moving source of water to increase its daily water intake.

Its special design makes it very silent when operating and helps cats to drink from it with its multi-height fountain levels with fresh water in movement to ensure oxygenated cool water all day.

Cat Mate Pet Fountain is easy to disassemble to clean and dishwasher safe.

The unit works with replaceable polymer-carbon filter cartridge to ensure purified water for your cat.

This water dispenser is suitable for cats and small dogs as well. The unit has a 70 fl Oz (2 Liters) water capacity.




  • With multi-height water drinking levels
  • 70 fl Oz (2 Liters) water capacity
  • 10-foot cord length and low voltage power supply
  • Polymer-carbon filter to purify water
  • It is suitable for cats and small dogs
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 10.5 x 8.8 inches; 2.2 pounds (1 kg)
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Disassemblable for easy cleaning



To fill it, you can pull the cord apart instead of unplugging the unit from the wall. When doing this, you will have just a small part of the cord making it easier to take the unit to the sink.
The Cat Mate Fountain lifts apart easily and you fill the water from the bottom section; the pump is attached to the top with a plastic piece that you swivel it to one side and pull it off. When you fill the fountain you also clean the top, the bottom, the pump, the filter or change it and put it back together. Add water. Plug wires back together and the Cat Mate Fountain is ready to go.



  • Easy to setup
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to fill
  • Easy to disassemble and reassemble (the pump is easily removable for cleaning)
  • Very quiet when operating
  • Different water levels make your cat choose from where he wants to drink from, which is more appealing for your pet.
  • Good price
  • The fountain does not splash and fits easily in corners.
  • It keeps the water fresh and cool.
  • You can unplug the cord from the fountain
  • Charcoal filter
  • It has different speed options


  • It gets grimy very quicklymano abajo chica
  • The unit is not very sturdy.
  • You cannot wait until the water level is low to refill it.
  • The filter doesn’t fit tight into the bottom of the fountain, which means hair and other small particles go under the filter and get trapped in the pump.



  • Make sure to keep this unit clean from residues that the pump collects and this way the fountain will keep working properly. If not, the pump can get clogged and quit.
  • If you don’t receive instructions with the fountain, Customer Service will email you the instructions upon request.
  • If the fountain starts getting noisy you have to check the water level. The motor noise gets louder if the water level goes below the minimum mark on the side of the bottom bowl.
  • To avoid fungus or bacteria formation, you have to clean the unit often.



The Cat Mate pet fountain it is a good water dispenser for a cat that insists on drinking moving water. It is much quieter than other brands and easier to disassemble and clean as well. As all water fountains, the Cat Mate might not be suitable to all cats, some of them might love it and others won’t even try it.

The filter seems to not filter properly and so all the little particles go to the pump making it dirty often. The good thing is the unit is easy to clean.
Even though the Cat Mate has good winning points in comparison to other brands such is being quiet when operating and easy to clean, it seems to have a downfall which is the durability. Several customers stated this waterer did not last a long time. For all these reasons:


√ I recommend this Cat Mate pet fountain only if you meet as follow conditions:

  • You have a cat or cats that insist on drinking moving water.
  • If your cat really needs to increase its daily water intake.
  • You are willing to clean the unit very often
  • If you don’t mind to buy filters.
  • You are willing to give up durability in order to get a much quieter unit that is easier to clean than other brands.

X I don’t recommend the Cat Mate pet fountain if:

  • You don’t want to keep cleaning the unit often.
  • You don’t want to buy filters
  • You want a built-to-last unit (years)
  • You don’t want to fill the water dispenser often.


Lorena Avila is a Marketing Engineer, Writer, cat figures collector, cat lover and cat owner as well but above all a very passionate investigator of felines. She started investigating cat products 5 years ago when she couldn’t find reliable reviews on the internet to buy an automatic feeder for her own cat and since then she has been helping others providing honest information online.

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12 Responses to “Cat Mate Pet Fountain – Full Review”

  1. Mary Gormley says:

    A friend of mine bought this fountain for her two cats. She gave up on it, because she said it got so dirty, and offered it to me. It was indeed encrusted with dirt, including the pump, when she gave it to me. I found it easy to disassemble for cleaning, and easy to clean. My three cats love it. As one of them has bladder problems, I’m delighted to have anything that encourages her to drink more.

    I empty the fountain once a week, and wash the top and bottom, and the pump. I rinse the filter under the tap, unless I’m changing it. I top the fountain up routinely every morning – I don’t wait for the water to get low. If I’m away, my catsitter tops it up every day. I don’t see this as a problem, as I wouldn’t leave my cats for longer than 24 hours without someone calling in to them.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      It is great to hear this fountain has been a good solution for you Mary. Thank you very much for sharing your experience, I am sure our readers will appreciate it.

  2. Carolyn Sellers says:

    The fountain is a very good design. The plug in gets really warm after an hour or so. That concerns me so I don’t leave plugged in all day,

  3. Charlotte Bessee says:

    I just purchased 3 of these units and now I am concerned whether I’ve made the right choice because of the “grime” problem.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Charlotte, one of the first Cons on this review is the fact that this unit gets grimy quickly. This is more suitable to use for one single cat so it’s OK if you are willing to wash the water fountain often for one cat, but I can imagine with 3 units it’s a little more work to do. Try to use filtered water and somehow protect the water feeders from dust.

  4. Joan Williams says:

    I have used this pet fountain for my two kitties for the past 7 months and am quite satisfied with it. I had another brand prior to this one that lasted only a couple of months and had an audible hum when running. This one is very quiet. I have a routine of cleaning it on the same day every week and mark my calendar to change the filter every 4 weeks. I top off the water level to the maximum fill line every morning and always use a jug of natural spring water.

  5. Jay Gallimore says:

    My water stays very clear….but am now getting a lot of bubbles which is a turn off for my Luna. Any tips?


  6. Kelly L says:

    I’ve read that cats prefer to drink away from their food dish because of an instinct to find fresh, uncontaminated water in the wild. I’ve observed that my cat does indeed prefer the water dish in another room. Where would you recommend keeping the water filter?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      If your cat prefers drinking on a different location from where the food is, I recommend you to do that. Anything that encourages the cat to drink more, it`s welcome.