Cats Rule Frog Watering Hole Review
Product – Cats Rule Frog Watering Hole, White and Green
Capacity – 1.2 quarts (1.14 liters)
Price – $27 from Amazon
A friend recently gave me this water fountain to try out. I love water fountains for my cats and I like unusual items as well.
Well the Cats Rule Frog Watering Hole is definitely a quirky item. So I had to try it out (or more importantly Dyson had to try it out).
Did I mention that this fountain was quirky? Well if you like frogs you will like this. The fountain itself is a green frog sitting inside a white bowl on top of a pool of water. The water itself flows out of the frog’s mouth into the bottom ‘pond’.
If your cats like running water and drinking from a tap then they may like this.
The pump fits under the frog bowl together with the active carbon filter.
Setting it All up
Well set up is a cinch. The watering hole comes completely assembled. However, take off the frog and its bowl first to check out the filter. This will be in plastic wrapping so remove this before you start and run the filter under a tap. This activates the carbon filter and removes any small particles.
Fit the filter back in the slots, place the bowl and frog back on top of this. Then fill with water – always keep the water level between the max and min markers.
Once the pond is full of water, plug the unit into a power socket. You should now see water start to spout from the frog’s mouth.
If you find that the water is moving too fast then the flow can be adjusted. Just switch off the power remove the top frog and pond again to get to the pump. The pump has three flow settings on it. Try different flow rates until you get the one you want.
Using the Cats Rule Frog Watering Hole
As the water flows in a spout from the frog’s mouth this can also be used by small to a medium sized dog. My cat, Dyson, loves moving water and though she prefers a higher pond area she does often drink from the spout.
The pump is pretty quiet, though if you let the water level get too low then it gets noisy.
Cleaning water fountains I think is one of the most important things to know. Whilst we all love the health benefits for our feline friends we also want to make sure that the product is hygienic. Therefore, we often want a fountain that is easy to clean and to maintain.
You do need to regularly clean the filter under running water. If the filter gets gunked up with dirt and hair then it does stop the unit running or the unit will run noisily. Filters need to be changed every 4 to 6 weeks on average.
The pond is made of polypropylene and can be scrubbed under a tap. The frog itself is made from a food-safe plastic resin. The outside of this should be cleaned and if any water gets inside the frog then shake it out.
I also advise to give the pump a clean about once a month – this stops the build up of scale and dirt. Cleaning the pump often means a longer pump life and it stops it from getting noisy. One of the best items for cleaning a pump is an old toothbrush.
The other part of this that needs regular cleaning is the water spout that comes out of the frogs mouth. This is slightly more difficult to clean. However, if you do not clean this part it can get mouldy. I found that a thin bottle brush is probably the best item for this job and can be fitted inside the tube.
- Size 10.5 x 5.5 x 8.75 inches
- Comes with two carbon filters
- Water bowl made from polypropylene
- Frog made from food-safe resin
- Has 3 water flow settings
- 1.2 quart (1.14 liter) capacity
- Comes completely assembled
Overall this is a fun and quirky water fountain. It looks cute and does a good job of providing fresh and clean water all day long. Cat wise, well it does what it says on the tin and cats will love it.
However I found that keeping the unit clean a little onerous – especially the water spout. This was an area that was difficult to get to and the place where mould could grow.
I also found that even though the frog is a sealed unit that sometimes water would get inside it. This then stagnates a bit if you don’t get the water back out. (and also you could get soap products in it when cleaning). Whilst this water does not get back into the rest of the unit it could harbor bacteria.
- Cute, fun water fountain
- Provides fresh and clean water
- Simple to set up
- Cheap to purchase
- Clean up can be tricky especially the spout
- It does not feel as robust as some other water fountains
- Smaller capacity than some other fountains so needs filling more regularly
If this is your first time with a water fountain then the Cats Rule Frog Watering Hole, White and Green is a good starter. It’s a fun addition and will also have guests asking what it is.
It is a cheaper water fountain and running costs are pretty cheap, together with replacement filters.
Overall I love the design – frogs are cool. It really does look good. It is just let down by cleaning being tricky and the overall quality.
If you want to try this out then click here for a really good price.