As a pet owner, I can tell you that automatic pet water bowls are both a godsend and a nightmare. Animals love to drink from running water, especially cats, so the pet fountains ensure they always have a source of filtered running water. However, they can get pretty gnarly after about a week and need to be cleaned. With the intricate parts, this can be a bit of a pain, which is why you may want to consider a small tabletop ultrasonic cleaner.
My ceramic pet water bowl can be a pain to clean by hand, especially with some of the buildup that occurs on the different parts. I have tried running it through the dishwasher, but I still end up scrubbing it by hand because of the film that remains behind. The first time I used an ultrasonic cleaner, the ceramic parts came out just as they felt the first day out of the box when I purchased the fountain.
The motor is another tricky part. They are usually easy to break down, but hair and dirt gets into places that you simply cannot reach. The first cycle that I ran through an ultrasonic cleaner, well, let me just say that I was amazed at what I saw in the bottom of the tank. There is simply no way I could have gotten to that dirt and debris scrubbing this by hand.
Removing Bacteria and Germs
One of the reasons we have to clean these bowls every week is because of how quickly bacteria and germs can build up inside the fountain. This is just a fact when you have furballs sticking their face into the fountain for a drink. If you have a fountain and have not cleaned it for a couple of weeks and notice your animals vomiting, the cause is likely the fountain that needs to be cleaned. One thing is for sure, one cycle through an ultrasonic cleaner and those bacteria and germs are gone.
Maintaining Bowl Integrity
Now, I do not use plastic bowls for this reason, but in most cases, the motor parts will be plastic. Plastic can start to lose its integrity with constant scrubbing, so the ultrasonic cleaner is a great way to ensure all plastic parts maintain that integrity so your fountain continues to work properly.
This always plays a significant role when justifying the purchase of an ultrasonic cleaner. Now, there is no way to get around the time it takes to dismantle and reassemble the pet fountain, but the time you will save on cleaning it is fairly substantial. I used to spend about half an hour just cleaning the fountain and its parts to ensure they were clean. Now I stick the parts into the ultrasonic cleaner, and I am free to do other chores while the cycle runs. Trust me, you never know how valuable 15 minutes is until you can see what you accomplish during the time when you were usually scrubbing fountain parts.
Interested in purchasing a tabletop ultrasonic cleaner to clean your pet’s water fountain? We have a variety of tabletop cleaners available, and we want to make sure you get the right one, so give our team a call at 888-989-5560 to discuss your purchase. Our team member can also help ensure you have the proper cleaning solution and settings for your Omegasonics cleaner!