Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out a new pet waterer called the Drinkwell Stoneware Avalon, and I was both skeptical and excited to try it. Why was I skeptical? I have owned four other pet water fountains for my cat, but none of them could break him of the habit of drinking out of my aquarium. Each of the different fountains I’ve owned over the last few years have been efficient, worked as they should, and ran very quietly without water noise or splashing. They were located right beside my cat’s food dishes, and yet he would completely ignore the drinking fountain I had in place for him. Instead, he would go to all of the extra effort to get up to my aquarium and drink from that. My cat is 14, so that extra effort was a serious commitment on his part to get to the aquarium water, which for some reason he viewed as better than the water in his food area. I was excited to try this new fountain because it did one thing differently than every other fountain I had tried. It has free falling water, which makes quite a bit more water noise than the other waterers I’ve tried. My hope was that this splashing was what drew my cat to the aquarium to drink, so if I provided a similar source of water which was more conveniently located, he would drink from that rather than from the aquarium.
I opened up the Stoneware Avalon fountain, and I was able to assemble it easily without using any of the instructions. That being said, I am very used to putting together aquarium filters and have owned several pet fountains, so I may have had an advantage when it comes to assembly. The instructions do appear clear and easy to follow. This fountain is a heavy ceramic-type material, so it is perfect for pets which may have an allergy to skin contact with plastic. I have nothing else in my entire apartment the color of the fountain, but it doesn’t stand out as much as I thought it might when I first saw it. This is a very nice looking fountain in person, and I feel like it will fit in very well with a wide variety of room decoration, if style is important in the selection of a pet accessory.
The Avalon fountain unit is nice and heavy, definitely no worries about my cat pushing it around or knocking any part of it over, and it seems sturdy enough for small dogs, too. I set it up, filled it with water, plugged it in, and within seconds had a steady and even stream of water flowing from both spouts on the fountain. It makes a very relaxing water sound, actually, and it immediately got my cat’s attention, which thrilled me! He came over before I could even step away, checked it out, and immediately began to drink out of the bottom of the fountain. Since setting up the fountain five days before writing this review, I am very happy to say that my cat, Tigger, no longer goes to my aquarium to drink. He heads straight to the Drinkwell Avalon fountain, where he can comfortably drink without having to do any climbing or balancing. He seems like he is getting water much more easily now, and he also eats a little more than he used to. Those things make me very happy, since he is getting up there in years, and I want to make things as easy for him as I can.
After my personal experience with the fountain, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Drinkwell Avalon as an excellent pet drinking fountain which will attract even my finicky cat to it where he can comfortably and happily lap up the cool, filtered water which runs with a happy trickle sound for his reassurance.