Saturday, March 8, 2014

Product Review: Petmate® Filtered Auto-Watering System

When we plan to be away for an overnight trip, we don't usually employ the pet sitters. We simply add extra dry food to the cat dishes and fill up the water bowls. I had been wanting to try an auto-watering system for a while. We know people who use them, and I figured it would create less mess than putting out two water bowls (less for the cats to knock over).

Petmate® Filtered Auto-Watering System has a base that is made of 95% pre-consumer recycled material. The bottle is made of recyclable pet plastic. The filtration system includes a carbon filter that removes and reduces the presence of many organic chemicals and chlorine in the water, and this product offers Microban® protection which helps prevent the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria in the bowl.

Our local pet store sold the 0.5 gallon capacity, so that's what I bought. I washed out the unit and filled it up, deciding to use it as their regular water source while we were home to see how it went. The younger cats--Giggles and Boots--weren't fond of it, but got used to it after a few days. The bowl on this unit was too small, however, for our Maine Coon--Killer. He tried each day, but really struggled to get his larger head into a comfortable position to take a drink.

The main challenge I had with this unit is filling it without loosing any of the water. You fill the bottle and twist on the cover, then twist the bowl onto the bottle. Inevitably, as you are turning the unit right side up, water starts to flow out. Not a lot of water, but you definitely need to perform this task over the sink.

In the end, this wasn't the right product for our pets, but I could see people with smaller, younger cats using it.

I purchased this product from our local pet supply store. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way. 


Patty Woodland said...

Bummer - that's a shame it didn't work out for you. I hope you find something that does.

Cheryl said...

I need to look for the big head version. LOL!