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‘Win It’ Wednesday: Drinkwell Pet Fountain

Written by PETA | May 6, 2009

Thanks for all your wonderful comments on this Win It Wednesday. The winner of the Drinkwell Pet Fountain is Taylor Loscialpo, along with Poopy the cat. Congratulations!

As summer approaches, humans aren’t the only ones drinking more water. Our feline friends are sweating too, even if it is only through their paws, and we have a fun way to keep them hydrated and happy: the Drinkwell Pet Fountain.

 

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In nature, wild cats drink from running streams, so why should their domesticated brothers and sisters have to drink from a stagnating puddle? This water fountain for cats keeps the water moving, which encourages persnickety kitties to drink more and helps them stay healthy.

How do you win? Tell us how your kitty companion changed your life for the better. The most heartfelt comment takes home the prize.

The contest ends on May 20, 2009, and we’ll choose the most touching story as the winner on May 22, 2009. Be sure to read our privacy policy and terms and conditions, as you’re agreeing to both by commenting. Check back every Wednesday for new prizes. Good luck!

Written by Lianne Turner

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  • Ronni Fox says:

    I have one of these and they are great..now I would like to win one for my sister and her three cats.

  • Jennie Weer says:

    After my beautiful graystriped cat Jasper died on August 1 2007 I cried everyday. I cried whenever I saw another one of our cats or when someone talked about a cat. In January of last year My mom and sister came home with a box. My kitty Natasha was in it. She brightened up my life!Not only did she come from my favorite cat shelter Fried’s but this lovely white cat brought me all the joy in the world.

  • Dawn says:

    this would be great for my dog since she is blind and trips on her watter dish

  • Cindy Merrill says:

    Emma and Emily 9 weeks old are truly the sweetest pair of kittens on earth. They are fascinated by tap water running I would love to give them this wonderful fountain to drink from.

  • jeannie says:

    I adopted 2 baby sister kitties last yearMia and Gracie. They came to me shortly after a time when my 86 year old dad was fighting to regain some normalcy in his life after having 3 surgeries and spending weeks in the hospital. After months of working a full time job and spending my off time with my parents helping my dad recuperate I was feeling very depressed and overwhelmed. When my kitties came into my life they made it fun to get up in the morning. They would wake me up with little kitty kisses. I looked forward to coming home from work just to see them. I can honestly say the changed me for the better!

  • Kathleen W. says:

    My cats Maple Peaches Pumpkin changed my life after I lost my 7 yr. old cat Marble to cancer. They filled the part of my life that was empty without Marble. I am very glad to be their cat mom.

  • susan varney says:

    she lowered my blood pressure just like my doctor said she might i love her so

  • Alison says:

    My cat needs this. He refuses to take a drink unless the water is running out of the water faucet.

  • Joy F says:

    Magic was my best friend. I love him deeply and forever. With all that I went through he was by my side like and angel. I could tell what he was thinking and he could always tell how I felt. Then he passed away I had him cremated and he is still by my side to this day. In my pain and grief out of nowhere a lady who rescues animals named Caroline found an absolute match to him named Midnight. Where I thought their was no more light he found his way back to me in a way and I am happy again even though I miss Magic who was with me for 15 years and think of him everyday Midnight is another angel sent by God. Thanks for this wonderful sweepstakes. magic5905embarqmail.com

  • Shelby Pemberton says:

    I have two Basenjis. One of them has a disease called Fanconi that makes him drink alot of water.He loses vitamins and water. So this drinkwell would be great. Then I wouldn’t have to refill his water bowl so often.

  • Karen Mitchell Carothers says:

    My cat is a rescued feral. Friends of ours found her on their rural property when she was only 10 days old. They nursed her socialized her with their cats and got her healthy. Three months later she came home with us and now she’s a pampered indoor kitty. I’m now a tireless supporter of the rights of feral cats. She would absolutely love this fountain since she loves drinking out of the tub spigot… when she’s brave enough to get near the water!

  • Ashley Johnson says:

    I have two cats Molly 17 yrs and Tippy 5 yrs. They have changed my life. Whenever I’m sad Tippy will come over to me and make me feel all happy again. And when I’m mad Molly will come and make it all better. I am very lucky to have them.

  • Ciara Lanza says:

    My cats have really helped me to better understand life. They help me through my sad times… And my happy. But I can say that a few good things that my cats have done are made me smile for rescuing them and just doing silly things and making me cry by helping me understand death. Thanks a lot for the contest Peta.

  • Mary Casper says:

    I have a golden retriever pup who would go crazy over this

  • Donna R. says:

    My 2 cats would love this. thanks for the contest.

  • Kelly R King says:

    Gordon is a true gift. My husband adopted him for me as a surprise for Christmas. I had recently lost my beloved cat Simon. I was totally devasted. My husband does not like cats but tolerates them for me. So for him to go out on his own and pick Gordon for me was amazing. After getting Gordon a beautiful Siamese seal point kitten we discovered he was deaf. We live on 5 acres with huge trees. Gordon was left out one night and later we discovered him stuck in a tree about 70 feet in the air. Since he is deaf we could not get him to come down. He stayed in the tree for at least a week when my husband finally got the fire dept out to get him down. We live in a small rural area and word quickly spread. People found it odd we would go to that extremely to get a cat out of the tree. Well needless to say Gordon did not learn his lesson. He went back up several different trees and the fire dept was called out at least 3 times to get him down. All the while my husband who doesn’t like cats grew to love Gordon. He even climbed a few trees to get him down. Gordon has since been put on “lockdown”. He has been a blessing addition to our family and a celebrity in our small town. Gordon the deaf cat is truly loved in our house.

  • desiree kelley says:

    would love this for my dog

  • jaymie says:

    when i watch my kitties bathing in the sun a sense of peace comes over me that is unmatched. they make me a more peaceful person

  • Karil Whetstone says:

    My little dog maggie would love this she loves absolutely loves water drinking a playing in it she’d have fun with this doggie fountain

  • Rita A. says:

    My cat Laurel is so affectionate. I came in to her life when I married her owner. She took a while to come around but became so affectionate towards me. She rarely leaves my side. I trained her how to jump on my lap while I am at my computer desk and she loves to watch the pointer move across the screen. She is older and is starting to be in ill health but she still purrs and lets me know she loves me.

  • Renee Nester says:

    I share my home with 9 adopted feral cats and 2 abused terriers. They are the joys of my life. The cats were homed in my barn since I was told they would likely not be domesticated. That has been true for about half of them. The others now trust me enough to let me pet them briefly and two have become brave enough to come out to the house and keep me company at a distance. The dogs took awhile to come around but are now very settled in to their lives as being happy welladjusted dogs. I would very much welcome the opportunity to give them all a little more to enrich their lives by providing running water to drink from since I don’t have a stream or anything like that. Thank you for the opportunity. Renee

  • Laura says:

    Oh I could use this for my rabbit when he’s in the garden!!

  • ROB says:

    my cats would appreciate this immensely!

  • Shirley Hodge says:

    My neighbor was cutting back his elephant ear plants in his yard when he hear a tiny yowl. Peering into the plant he found a tiny little kitten with his leg bleeding. He figured he had nicked it with this pruning knife. Knowing I was a nurse he ran him over to me. I managed to stop the bleeding and then hurried him off to the vet. The cut only required a couple of stitches but the vet said the kitten didn’t seem old enough to be weaned as he was only 34 weeks so I fugured either he had wandered away from his mother or someone had simply dumped him. With special instructions about feeding and a bottle of kitten vitamins we set off home. By the time we got home his name was Lucky and it was the start of several weeks of 2 hour feedings until I could get him on solid food. Now he is 3 years old and although small he is a tough little thing and even my neighbor’s big old lab makes way for him. He has much courage and a heart of gold and I love him to bits.

  • Jack says:

    Ooh I want one. Princess Cuteyface recently changed my life for the better by calling a temporary truce in the battle we are having wherein I pay for her room and board and she pees in my laundry.

  • emily l says:

    My cat is really sick. He has to be in a collar all of the time now or else he scratches open the tumour growing on his ear. They said that he’s too old to do surgery without risking him going then. He doesn’t seem to be hurting. I’m just spending all of the time that I can with him before he passes on. I got him on my 9th birthday. I’m 25 now. He’s been part of my family almost a 23rds of my life. I’m so glad my son got to know him.

  • Jessica Maurer says:

    I adopted my cat Taji in Janurary 2006. My husband had deployed to Iraq a few months prior to me adopting her I was extremely lonely. I needed someone to take care of keep my company. I knew I wanted a cat when I found Taji it was fate. She was in the third crate my favorite number meowed while sticking her paw out at me. My heart had melt I knew I had to bring her home. If I didn’t have her with me to keep me company while hubby was in Iraq I would have been severely depressed. I love my baby girl.

  • Miranda Allen says:

    This is a great prize

  • diana ricker says:

    I rescued a 12 year old himmy hes blind and this would be great he would hear the water running. Hes also one of the greatest joys in my life. Even though he cant see he knows exactly where I am at all times. Iwould love to win this. Thank you.

  • Erica C. says:

    this is great! thanks

  • Danielle says:

    This would be great!

  • Rachel A says:

    Well where do I start? Misty my seven year old cat was given to me as a birthday present when I turned 11. At the time I had no idea what animals were really like. I didn’t know what to expect. Misty is kind sweet follows me everywhere and tolerated my childish games without bearing the smallest grudge. At a time when the rest of the world seemed to turn its back on me she never faltered. When life was difficult she gave me something to fight for and believe in. Most of all she was a major reason why I reconsidered animals’ rights. I owe so much to my cat more than words can say really. I wouldn’t be who I am today without Misty.

  • Meredith Rogen says:

    My cats remind me how important animals are and how we need to respect them. Both of my cats are rescue cats and are fixed. They help me in more ways than I can count.

  • Nicole Sutton says:

    I adopted my cat 8 years ago when he was 14 weeks old. His name is Sic Hamburger Sutton thanks to my 7 year old LOL. He has lower urinary tract disease and has been hospitalized 3 times because of this. The 2nd time he was in the hospital he had a heart attack while under anestesia. I have paid thousands of dollars for his treatment. I could not imagine my life without him. Even though he weighs almost 20 lbs my favorite time of the night with him is when he lays on my chest buries his face in my neck and purrs. 6 months ago I rescued a very tiny cat. She was only 6 weeks old when we got her and could fit in the palm of my hand. Her mom had been abandoned by her owners in the very harsh Washington State winter. Luckily a caring neighbor took in the cat and her kittens but couldn’t keep them all. My kitten’s name is Nala Sally Sutton. Her energy has worn off on Sic and now they chase each other all day. Sic has never been more excited to bully someone! I thank God everyday for my feline family.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    My cat Hobbs passed away last summer at the age of 22. However I frequently find it necessary to rescue cats left behind by my neighbors in our condo complex. The rescue effort that stands out in my memory is that of three kittens my friend and I named Meshach Shadrach and Abednigo. One stifling hot August day in the 1980′s my friend Liz and I kept hearing the sound of crying kittens in someone’s garage. We knocked on doors got permission to open garage doors and started searching. The garage we found the kittens in belonged to a neighbor who was away on vacation but the house sitter who checked the condo twice a day but did not open the garage as a rule gave us permission to unlock the door. The heat roared out at us and nearly knocked us down. In a corner we found three newborn kittens almost dead. We grabbed them raced into the condo where Liz was staying wet down washcloths and wrapped them up trying with desparation to cool the kittens down. We breathed quick breaths into their noses and mouths to keep them breathing and rushed them to a veterinarian. On the way to the vet Liz mentioned that this reminded her of the story in the Bible about three young Israelite men who refused to worship an idol and were thrown into a furnace on the orders of their king but survived the ordeal because of their faith. We named the kittens after them Meshach Shadrach and Abednigo. Meshach sadly did not make it but Liz adopted both Shadrach and Abednigo and they both had long and happy lives.

  • Glen Venezio says:

    I am 37 years old and share my home with beautiful cat companions. I had a vague interest in animal rights since I was a teenager and started reading about the issues. Later I read a book called Kinship with Animals a wonderful anthology of essays by kindred spirits who also cherish animals including one poignant essay by PETA’s own Ingrid Newkirk called “Fish Lessons”. The stories in that book were touching and some even heartbreaking to read and inspired me further in my decision to do all I can in my life to help animals but I still did not take much direct action. But since I have shared my life in the past few years with my 3 cats all rescues everything changed and I got involved in direct action helping the many suffering animals all over Puerto Rico where I currently live and starting my own small organization here called ANIMAL CONCERNS PUERTO RICO. It as if the love I have for the cats in my home helped me to finally expand outward to help other animals that are suffering the ones at home were the doorway for me to the full spectrum of animal rights issues. We can all work in our “own backyard” doing what we can in our own private sphere among our own circle of friends and the people we influence and situations we encounter in our daytoday lives. If each person reading this can do something in their “own backyard” imagine all of our private spheres of life touching all the others and think about the huge amount of change possible. It is overwhelming at times when you ponder the myriad of issues that you can get involved in when you choose to help animals but I think that if each one can do something in their “own backyard” it is no longer overwhelming. Every supposedly small action I can personally take is actually HUGE when viewed from a higher perspective knowing that each smaller action indeed ripples outward to combine with all the others in the “big ocean” of people who also care about animals. I believe it is through being able to cherish even ONE animal through that feeling and love for that ONE by extension you can begin to open your heart wider and feel for and love and care about ALL OF THEM. The ONE you care about is like a doorway in your heart that opens up the flow of love and compassion towards all the others. And it is that kind of love and compassion that will change the world for animals and by extension for all of us ultimately. “My” cats at home brought me to this point and I am forever grateful for this they opened up a whole world for me the door opened in little cracks over the years and the love and caring I have for these 3 opened it all the way. I see their faces in every animal that I take action on behalf of whether dealing with a feral cat that is sickly and needs help whether writing a letter to a government official on behalf of an animal situation or standing in a protest handing out leaflets to educate and inspire the public at large. My organization may be small but here in Puerto Rico where there are suffering strays everywhere dogs and cats all over the streets with very few concrete solutions in place and endless scandals and crises of various abuse cases every little bit of help from organizations and private individuals makes a huge difference. Thank you for reading.

  • Janice Whitaker says:

    This would be great for my cat Bo who will not drink water from a bowl.He has to have fresh water all the time straight from the faucet!

  • Marissa says:

    In September a month after I started volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society I walked into one the of the cat colony rooms and as soon as I sat down a cat named Queen Fatima ran right up to me and sat in my lap and fell right a sleep she did this everytime I would go in that room. I thought to myself I HAVE to adopt this cat! Being only 16 I couldnt just decide when I could get a cat or not I had to go to my parents. I told my parents about her and after alot of begging and bribing they decided I could adopt her. The next weekend we went back to the humane society and adopted her. It turned out she had been returned twice and had litter bow issues. I felt so bad for the first month or so she wouldnt let you pick her up and the litter box issues seemed to be evident. I feel like she couldnt trust anybody and wanted to mark her territory because she had no idea where she belonged. She was a great cat she just had some issues. But after some much needed love she truly came out of her shell. She loves to be held and always uses the litterbox. Shes lived here for about 8 months now and has found her FOREVER home. It just shows how forgiving cats are no matter what life they may have had before you met them. All they want is love and maybe some cat treats every once in a while. Every morning she wakes my parents up when the alarm gos off so they’ll feed her. Shelter animals are different from pet store and breeder animals because they appreciate the smallest things. She has CHANGED myne and my families life for the better and now we always know to ADOPT and never buy. My other cat would love the drinkwell because she’ll meow in the bathroom untill you come in and turn on the sink so she can drink out of it we think she has germ issues. haha

  • Michael says:

    my dog would love this

  • donna gonzalez says:

    wow i have three dogs and three cats and one wild cat outside that i am trying to take of as well this would be a fantastic item to win.

  • Christine says:

    About eight years ago my cat entered the life of my children and myself. I was going through a divorce so things were a little crazy anyway however we had each other and just about to add an unexpected “kitten member” to the family. The kids and I were going to a early afternoon movie “lilo and stitch” and we saw this tiny tiny kitten following a man into the theator from the parking lot…the kitten went right through the movies doorswho could blame her it was HOT outside. We approached the man and it was not his kitten…I then explained to the manager that I was here to watch this movie with my kids and if they would keep her in the ticket sales area until after I would take her home. I was suprised that he agreed to do this that poor thing would have never made it with the busy streets and parking lot…she was waiting for us after the movie and we even named her after one of the cartoon characters. She is the BEST cat she NEVER goes outdoors and just loves to follow us and be around us all the time we were all at the right place at the right time. We all NEEDED each other.

  • Kelly H says:

    Hemingway and Clementine are my two rescued babies. They always greet me at the door when I come home and give me head bumps and purrs. I am so used to it if I go to someone’s home that doesn’t have cats I so disappointed because no one is greeting me. They would love the fountain almost as much as I love them!

  • MRS.MOMMYY says:

    love and friendship and a warm hairy snuggle when you need it and loves me unconditionally

  • Pepsi One is Fun says:

    To be honest I just saw a kitty starving on the other side of the road that was abandoned by jackass neighbors so I gave it tuna and it followed me home. So we adopted it and before we could get the little bugger fixed it gave birth so now we have 3 lovely fixed cats that would probably love that fountain. Especially Mama Cat because going from the streets to a home with a cat fountain would be awsome for her auto biography if cats could write an auto biography.

  • Chrystal Davis says:

    My cats would LOVE this!

  • jason cunningham says:

    love this site!!!!

  • courtney smith says:

    Omg my dogs could really use this!

  • Kristy Taylor says:

    Riley is a gift from heaven. I adopted her from a family that couldn’t keep her due to allergies. When I arrived to pick her up she was so scared to be outside that she quickly made a mad dash to my car and jumped inside. The entire ride home she sat in the passenger front seat meowing away as if she was telling me her life story. She’s a rather big girl but is 100 a lap cat! Every morning when I shower she sits ontop of the sliding door to the shower just so she isn’t alone for a second. She even greets everyone at the front door too! As soon as she hears someone coming to the door she flies down the stairs just to greet them. She’s so lovable and affectionate and playful I honestly can’t imagine what I would do without her!

  • kasey says:

    My cats need this!

  • Erin says:

    my dog and cats 3 would love this…….thanks for the opportunity!