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Water is critical to keeping your cat healthy, and to spread this important message to pet parents, Petsafe® has declared July Pet Hydration Month. Even though cats get moisture from a raw or canned diet, they should still have plenty of fresh water available at all times. Cats as a species don’t have a high thirst drive, and this can lead to chronic low-level dehydration if a cat is fed mostly dry food, which in turn, can lead to urinary tract and kidney problems.

Proper hydration can help prevent urinary tract disease and promote healthy kidney function by flushing toxins. Fountains are a great way to encourage cats to drink more water.

PetSafe® Drinkwell® Pagoda Pet Fountain

This beautifully designed ceramic fountain provides an upper and lower drinking area, and the dual free-falling streams keep water tasting fresh, which encourages your cat to drink more. Features include:

  • Easy to clean, hygienic ceramic design
  • Dual free-falling streams add oxygen for freshness
  • Upper and lower dishes provide two drinking areas for pets
  • Low-voltage 12V system with submersible pump for safe and quiet operation
  • For indoor use only

Putting the Pagoda fountain to the test

Will Mom be able to figure out how to put this together?

Even though Allegra had her doubts about me being able to put the fountain together, it was super easy – which also means it will be super easy to take it apart to clean. The instructions are easy to follow and everything makes sense (not a given for me when it comes to anything that requires even minor assembly!).

The fountain is very quiet. You can’t hear the pump at all, all you hear is the sound of water flowing. The sound of the water is a bit louder than that of other fountains I’ve tested – think of a faucet open at low flow. If you don’t find the sound of trickling water soothing, this may not be the fountain for you.


We haven’t had a fountain set up for a while, so this was a new experience for the girls, and they were both very cautious about checking it out. After watching from a “safe” distance for a while, they finally each individually approached it. It took a couple of days before I actually saw Allegra drink from it. The fountain has been up for about a week now, and I’ve yet to see Ruby drink from it.

We haven’t had the fountain long enough for it to need cleaning, but given how easy it was to assemble, I know cleaning won’t take much time. I love the look of the fountain and the gorgeous blue color couldn’t be more purrfect for our living room.

The Pagoda fountain is available in blue, red, taupe and white either directly from the PetSafe website, or from Amazon with free shipping for prime members. For more information about all of PetSafe’s products, please visit their website. You can also find PetSafe on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge. I also received a fee to feature this product. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion, or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion. The Conscious Cat is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to products on Amazon and affiliated sites. This means that if you decide to purchase through any of our links, we get a small commission. We only spread the word about products and services we’ve either used or would use ourselves.

21 Comments on Review: PetSafe® Drinkwell® Pagoda Pet Fountain

  1. I swapped my Drinkwell stainless steel and Pioneer Pet stainless raindrop water fountains for this. Compared to the first, the Pagoda design is much easier to clean. Compared to the second, it allows for two cats to drink at one time. So I get the best of both worlds wrapped into this.

  2. We don’t have the pagoda fountain, but do have a PetSafe water fountain, the Drinkwell Original, and out little rescue Gracie loves it. We had a different model with our previous cat, Smokey. That model had the water running down a little ramp, if you will. This model for Gracie has the water coming out of the “spigot” and freely falling into the “bowl” area. I think this free-falling style is much better than the “ramp” style. I really wish we had bought the free-falling style for Smokey because he loved to drink out of the spigot. We bought the new fountain for Gracie (after Smokey passed away) Smokey was FIV positive, as is Gracie.

    I’ve used only the PetSafe brand filters. We prefer the deluxe version over the standard as we find the deluxe does a better job of filtering the water.

  3. We have a red one and it is such an important thing. I truly think that it improves Leonardo’s quality of life by a huge amount. Even though we call him “Baby” he is getting up there in years and he has the urinary sensitivity and crystals that are common in fixed males. He HAS to drink water, particularly here in SoCal where it is so hot. However, a bowl of water is a complete mystery to him. He puts his paws in maybe but if water is not in motion he won’t drink it. Having a dripping faucet for him all of the time is just not practical. This is marvelous and he really drinks from it daily and hasn’t had any urinary system problems if the three years that I have had it.

    **Important note** don’t buy the generic filters on Amazon, after spewing black charcoal everywhere (which honestly the legit ones do too) they fail to work and leave the water slimmy. When you need filters or to replace that sponge debris trap thiny; contact the company and pony-up for the real thing. It’s the only way.

  4. I love your review complete with pictures :} Its exactly what my kitties would do and its fun to see someone else’s react the same way :}

  5. Is the Pagoda Fountain heavy enough it can’t be moved by the cats? I have tried a variety of jug style, non-fountain water systems for my two tabby brothers and have found those products moved all over the house- including water spill sometimes! Not sure I like the plug-in fountain idea, but ceramic, heavy, non-moveable could make me consider it! Thank you.

  6. We have had this fountain for about 6 months and it’s great! I have two cats who enjoy fresh water all the time. We do clean it every morning and replace the filers when necessary.

  7. I have this in white. Both my cats took to it right away and absolutely love it. In fact, whenever they enter the room where it is located, they always go over and drink from it. I keep a pad underneath it in case water gets splashed out. (One of my cats like to “dip” his cat toys in the water while playing with them.)

  8. I would love to get something like this for my cats, but I’m just not sure if they would like it, be scared of it, or just use it for a foot washing station.

    • Cats tend to prefer running water. I used to have one of their first fountains and the cats I had at the time loved it. This looks like it would be easier to keep clean and I love the sound it makes — instant water feature for my apartment! I want one!

  9. When I first brought home my little grey “domestic ferral” kitty, she had been neglected and didn’t do much except hiss and snarl for about a month. Humans were not to be trusted. Gradually, she accepted me enough to show what she wanted. After putting bowls of water in every room in the house, including the bathtub, I hit upon her preference: two porcelain bowls, with water flowing from the kitchen faucet into the larger bowl and overflowing into a smaller one, where she laps at the edge as it flows over into the sink. Needless to say this in inconvenient for ME, but perfectly fine for HER. She doesn’t like plastic, won’t go near stainless steel, the reflection of water in glass scares her, and so porcelain is perfect, as well as the sound. (She also has very distinct preferences regarding the material she sleeps on, but that’s another story!) I can’t wait to get this for Lil’ Bit, maybe on the one year anniversary of her adoption coming up here soon. She has turned out to be a sweetheart, nothing near the wild woman I brought home. She deserves this!

    • Today is my Kotoha’s “gotcha day”. She just celebrated her first birthday two weeks ago. I found her when she was just two weeks old and had to bottle feed her at first. She wasn’t sure about the fountain at first, but now drinks from it almost exclusively. I’ve read that cat’s prefer moving water over standing water. It has to do with the fact that in the wild, standing water can be stagnant and get them sick. Running water is fresher.

  10. I have this in blue and absolutely love it! To keep my dogs out of it and keep it clean for my cats, we had it on the kitchen table. I had to move it for something (I think we needed the table to actually eat at – LOL!) and it ended up on the counter in my bathroom. We have two counters. One on the vanity with the sink, and a long one along the wall on the opposite side of the bathroom. My bathroom is painted blue, with light gray floor tiles and dark gray shower tiles. The vanity and cabinet are white. I was going for a kind of “spa” feeling in there. The cat fountain is easy for the cats to get to and really adds to the spa feeling! It was more than I would usually pay for something like this, but I was given an Amazon gift card, which covered part of it, and I just HAD to have it. I can’t say enough good about it! Just be sure to clean it as recommended, and replace filters on schedule, and you’ll have a beautiful fountain that will last a very long time!

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