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Blogpaws Conference 2013

We’re just getting this blog going again after a long hiatus and want to begin with an announcement of the upcoming blogpaws conference. You can see information on the conference here: http://events.blogpaws.com/blogpaws-2013.html

To register, go here: http://blogpawsconference.com/

 

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New Fountain Design Prototype

This is the first attempt at a new fountain design using both enameled and unenameled copper, shown here in its rough form. That is, not cleaned of solder or oxidation.

Copper Fountain Prototype

It is comprised of a copper ‘flower’ that has been enameled (glass fused to metal at 1500F, soldered to a copper stem with three copper ‘leaves’ on smaller diameter stems. Water falls from the flower into the top leaf and on down into the other two and into the bowl. I will use this model, noting what to keep and what to change to make the next, in which I hope to resolve all the issues, which are primarily aesthetic as it does work well.

Future versions will have all copper with no enamel and others will have the flower and the leaves enameled to harmonize with the particular fountain bowl they will go with. This design is not likely to become a cat fountain, although people have requested the water falling from copper leaf to leaf design. We’ll see.

Another Snake Enjoying One Of Our Fountains

This image is from the following link, which is a blog about snakes:http://alltailnolegs.tumblr.com/post/11408893874/so-now-i-should-annoy-the-piss-out-of-all-my

A Snake Enjoying a Cat Fountain.

You Can see these fountains at http://www.catfountains.etsy.com

Snake Fountains

Never would have thought it but it seems our cat fountains are appreciated by other species too. Here is one of our cat fountains now become a snake fountain.  Well, everybody needs to drink and fresh, circulating water it the best.

snake fountains

New Bijou Video

Great Blog for All Manner of Things

http://ethicalshopper.blogspot.com/2012/02/cat-fountain.html

This guy found us on Etsy so I checked out his blog and I have to say it is one of the most interesting, informative and amusing blogs I have encountered. He reviews the quality of a huge variety of products from bike lights to camera gear. He cares about quality, American made stuff and his interest list is vast. Do take a look.

http://ethicalshopper.blogspot.com/2012/02/cat-fountain.html

1500 SALE

As we approach our 1500th sale we are offering 15% off all fountains on our Etsy shop, http://www.catfountains.etsy.com up until the 1500th. There are some lovely fountains up there so if you are in the market for a 100 % food-safe, handmade ceramic cat fountain, you couldn’t find a better time than now. This won’t last so… Go to http://www.catfountains.etsy.com and type in 1500sale in the coupon code box at checkout.

Pros and Cons of Large and Small Cat Fountains

In our shop, http://www.catfountains.etsy.com we offer both large and small capacity fountains and each has their virtues and their drawbacks. The purpose of this post is to address those issues so potential customers can make an educated decision on which size of cat fountain to buy.

I define a small capacity fountain as holding anywhere from 4 to 7 cups, a medium cat fountain holds from 8 to 12 cups and a large capacity holds upwards of 12 cups all the way up to 24 cups. Any fountain meant for a cat larger than this is disadvantageous, for a variety of reasons, discussed below.

The fountain below holds about 5+ cups. This fountain would need replenishing about every other day or so if for a single cat. If for two or more cats you would probably want to replenish it daily. It’s advantage is that it is light weight so easy to transport when filled with water.

The next fountain is in the medium sized range, holding about 8 cups.

Still light weight but can go a few days without adding more water. This is about the size fountain my cat, Bijou has. I clean it once a week and it is very easy to work with.

At first we are tempted to think that the larger the fountain and greater the capacity the better but this is only true if you have several animals and don’t want to be frequently replenishing. The disadvantage of a large cat fountain bowl for one or only a few animals is that because it doesn’t need replenishing often it may not receive the cleaning it needs when it needs it. After all if the fountain still has lots of water there is a temptation to just leave it but this is not the best practice when considering your cats’ health.

Any fountain, even the best of the ceramic cat fountains such as ours which are handmade of 100% food save stoneware and tested and proven glazes still need an occasional cleaning. Though the copper used in many of our fountains inhibits a lot of bacteria growth, water is the natural home of billions of organisms and if allowed to sit will eventually become distasteful to your cat. Generally, cleaning about once a week seems good, at least for Bijou who is a very clean, short-haired cat but with other breeds and more cats more frequent cleaning is probably in order – possibly about once every four days.

Because cleaning of these fountains (and do note, this is not true of the manufactured cat fountains such as the Drinkwell, and others), is so simple, requiring about 3 or 4 minutes, cleaning every few days is not a hardship.

Below is one of our large capacity fountains. The primary downside to such a large capacity fountain is that it is really heavy. Empty it weighs 15.5 lbs – not a problem, but filled to its two gallon capacity it weighs 40 lbs. Ok for many but too much for others.

As suggested, the other potential drawback of a large capacity fountain is that it may not get the frequency of cleaning that is optimal for clear, clean and healthful cat drinking water. There is a reluctance to picking it up and carrying it to the sink and as the water will will continue to look perfectly fine long after it has become not as appealing to your cat – this can be disadvantageous.  Of course, if you keep it next to the sink this is not an issue, and, you can always scoop out some of the water before lifting so this can still work as a cat fountain.

As an indoor fountain for home decor, cleaning the fountain is much less of an issue and needs to be done much more infrequently and that was the real intend behind the making of this fountain. It is being offered as a cat fountain but will probably sell to someone who wants it for its beauty.

When you go to buy a fountain for your cat, consider your needs. For one cat any fountain from 4 to 12 cups is plenty. For 2 or more cats aim for the 10 to 15 cup capacity cat fountain and if no one will be there to replenish the fountain for a couple of days, stay to the higher range.

The Drinkwell ‘Ceramic’ Lotus Fountain

This fountain has some nice features, to be sure. I like the mechanism for adjusting the flow and the water falls nicely from the upper bowl to the lower, at least so long as the gasket on which the upper bowl sits, lasts.

I found the pump to be too noisy and the process for taking it apart and cleaning it much too involved. They advertise a sponge filter, which it does indeed have, but they say it needs to be replaced every 2 to 4 weeks and that it is not necessary.However, they do use this as a selling point.

To take it apart for putting in the dishwasher you remove the inner pieces, disconnect the pump cord from the transformer, loosen the nut on the bottom of the bowl, pull the pump out, remove the plastic tube the cord goes down through and the plastic clip which holds it in place. To reassemble you reverse that process. More than most people will want to go through every week.

It’s main drawback though is the considerable plastic components which have been proven to give cats chin acne – a nasty disease you definitely do not want to expose your cat to. Whether from the plastic itself or from the inevitable scratches which will accrue and which harbor bacteria, plastic is not good material for pets food and drinking bowls. Ceramic – all ceramic – is best, such as those found I make and sell at http://www.catfountains.etsy.com.

New Designs for Fountains

We continue to refine our fountains, both for feline hydration as well as home decor and we believe that cat drinking fountain should contribute to your home decor as much as to your cats’ health. It should absolutely not be made of plastic but rather ceramics and it should be as enjoyable to see as any of your favorite art items.

Thrown on the wheel by me (Keith) and then hand-built by Jackie, here is a fountain that I believe deserves prominence in your home and should be available to your cats.  Here is a video of it.