Dewey now has a fountain in his enclosure and he absolutely LOVES it!! (Thanks for the idea and the instructions, Ana!) However, one design flaw should be noted: To avoid a clogged drain and a huge mess with overflowed water, best to install an overflow drain plug and run it back into the water reservoir.
For those of you who have (or are intending to) install one of these in your house, be forewarned!!
Yes, I'm speaking from personal experience.
As all other critters this time of year, Dewey is in spring shed, and his fur clogging the drain caused a flood in his enclosure last night. Ugh! HE
enjoyed playing in all the water, but I
didn't enjoy removing all the wet toys, etc and removing about an inch of water from the floor (his enclosure has rubber mats). What a mess! And, of course, Dewey was ever so helpful as I tried to clean up the mess. Not! LOL Thinking about it, though, anything - really - could cause a clog: stuffed toys, paper - anything the busy little hands of our beloved raccoons find and like to dunk in water.
Regardless, the fountain STILL is a fabulous addition and I highly
recommend it - just with the addition of an emergency drain overflow!
Because we installed this in Dewey's outside enclosure, we heavily insulated the box containing the water tank, too, and insulated the spigot. With the amount of insulation, figuring it not only will keep the water cooler in the warmer months, but also will keep it from freezing in the extreme cold. Will implement an addition of a tank heater during extreme cold, if necessary.