Today we’ll be reviewing the Felaqua® Connect, the smart drinking fountain for cats from Sure Petcare. Some readers may remember we had previously reviewed the SureFeed® Microchip Pet Feeder, which is hands down one of the best items a cat parent can have. So when I saw Sure Petcare’s latest offering, the Felaqua Connect, I purchased one directly because I love their feeder so much.
Disclosure: While I purchased the Felaqua Connect and Hub myself, I am being compensated by Sure Petcare for an honest review. All opinions stated here are our own. Three Chatty Cats only shares information we feel would be relevant to readers. Sure Petcare is not responsible for the content of this post.
Keeping Cats Hydrated
With Harley’s chronic kidney disease (CKD) diagnosis in 2019, it’s more important than ever to keep him hydrated and drinking plenty of water. But what interested me in the Felaqua Connect is that it tells me just how much water Harley is drinking (or if he’s not drinking) by connecting to his existing microchip and displaying his data on the Sure Petcare App. Pretty cool, right? That’s just one feature. Let’s check out the others.
Felaqua Connect Features
The Felaqua Connect is a smart drinking system. Its integrated microchip reader can differentiate between each pet (if you have more than one) and report when and how much each one is drinking. By working together with the wifi-connected Hub (sold separately), you can monitor your cat’s drinking habits right on your phone.
Here are the Felaqua Connect features:
- Integrated microchip reader can connect to multiple pets.
- When used with the Hub (sold separately), you can monitor each cat’s drinking habits and potentially catch health issues that may have gone unnoticed.
- The Sure Petcare App will notify you every time your cat drinks. And with the integrated weight sensors on the bottom, you’ll also know how much water is consumed each time.
- No cords (means no hassle!) – Felaqua Connect is battery-operated, which means you don’t need to be near an outlet and there’s no cord to manage. (4 C batteries)
- Fresh water – The water bowl is gravity fed and automatically refills from the 1-liter reservoir as your cat drinks. There are no filters or moving parts. You will even receive notifications through the app when the water needs to be refilled.
- Cat-friendly design – With a wide and shallow dish, Felaqua Connect presents water to your cat like a puddle – which is more visible and appealing to your cat, encouraging it to drink more. And with no noisy pump, it won’t scare off skittish cats.
Mama: Sophie, what are you doing?
Sophie: Making sure there aren’t any hidden features back here.
Our Thoughts on Felaqua Connect
So, the big question is if the cats actually use the drinking fountain. It’s one thing to list the features, but they’re only useful if your cat actually uses the fountain. Does our CKD kitty use the Felaqua Connect? Yes! Harley drinks from it several times a day. Here’s one example of the overnight notifications I received on my phone.
I’ve found that the Felaqua Connect lives up to all that it boasts, and I am very pleased with it. It’s easy to clean (dishwasher safe). Downloading the app was quick. The pairing process with the microchips was easy. I find the notifications helpful. And most importantly, the cats use it.
Note that the fountain can be used without the Hub, but you will not get notifications on the Sure Petcare App.
My one and only complaint is that I have to try a couple of times to tighten the lid of the reservoir when I wash or refill it. I imagine that someone with bigger hands would have no problem. But for us small-handed folks, it takes a couple of tries. I’ve found that I need to ensure the outside of the reservoir is dry so my hand doesn’t slip. But that’s it – that’s literally the only issue I can find.
Want to know more? Here’s a two-minute video from Sure Petcare about the Felaqua Connect.
SureFeed® Microchip Pet Feeder Connect
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention another of Sure Petcare’s “connected” products – their SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect. Both the Feeder Connect and the Felaqua Connect use the Hub to connect to your phone and recognize your pet via their microchip.
While I originally used the non-connect version of the SureFeed® Microchip Pet Feeder with Harley (review here!), Sure Petcare sent me a Connected version for use with my CKD kitty. Now, I can also monitor Harley’s food consumption in addition to his drinking habits – all from the convenience of my phone. And as a cat parent with a CKD cat, I find this information invaluable.
Felaqua Connect Discount Code
For anyone doing some holiday shopping, Sure Petcare has been kind enough to provide a discount code to our readers. Use code ChattyCats for either the Felaqua Connect or the SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect and receive 15% off. Discount code valid until January 1, 2022.
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15% off Discount Code: ChattyCats
Code valid until January 1, 2022
Felaqua Connect Giveaway
And now, it’s time for a giveaway! Sure Petcare is allowing us to give away one (1) Felaqua® Connect and Hub bundle (a $199 value) to one lucky reader! Simply enter a blog comment below and then enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter. This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. (full details below).
The giveaway is open to residents in the U.S., 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. One winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted via email on December 20, 2021 after 5:00pm Pacific. The Felaqua Connect and Hub bundle prize, valued at $199 USD, will be mailed to the winner by Sure Petcare. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize through email. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. The giveaway closes on December 20, 2021 at 5:00pm Pacific.
What do you think? Would your cat use the Felaqua Connect?