The fountain was Christmas 2010
So this last Christmas (2011), my sister got me a sound machine alarm clock (as I explained my perdicament to her). It has a night meadow with crickets chirping, low-tone wind chimes, waterfall, rainforest (which is just 'waterfall' with birds), rain/thunder and morning birds chirping. For getting to sleep I usually use the crickets chirping or wind chimes.
I would love to use the morning birds chirping as the morning alarm, but I can't figure out how to set it, and it keeps defaulting back to rainforest ...which is nice, I guess, but not what I want.
Anyhoo, as far as cat fountains. I did notice that the water started to dribble over the edge, from the stream of water that goes into the bowl. So I have propped it up with a cap from a milk bottle... besides tilting the thing so the stream doesn't go over the edge, it made it even more quiet!