Cats & Drinking Water
Updated on 6/15/13, Originally posted on 10/15/11
Weekly Bible Verse: Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’”
Some cats can become very picky about drinking water. Usually it’s the pampered cats that have the tendency to develop a taste for the freshest water possible. Some cats are so bad that they lick the faucet or sink right after it has been tuned off even though the water bowl is right there sitting on the counter top! If you don’t have a cat like this it may sounds crazy to you, but some cats are like that. Some cats only like drinking running water. Other cats like their water bowl filled with fresh water twice a day, and would never dream of drink water that has been sitting in a bowl for 2 days even if it’s perfectly good clean water.
For cats that are extra picky about their water you can buy a pet fountain that continuously runs and filters the water; most cats love them! Also evaluate your cat’s life style. Are you serving your cat and going above and beyond what your cat needs and spoiling the cat; thus leading the cat to believe they should have new water every time it drinks? You can change the cat’s water every day (it is always a good idea to give animals fresh water daily). Changing your cat’s water daily is not too much to ask but maybe buying that expensive pet fountain is. Remember humans are to have dominion over the animals and NOT serve them but we are not to be cruel to them either. On the other hand you may be able to find a cheap pet fountain. I found an expensive pet fountain at a yard sale for only about $4.00 (of course I sterilized it before letting my cats use it). Every cat is different and it is great to cater to each cat’s individual personality but you don’t always have to go above and beyond. So maybe a pet fountain would be great for your cat but maybe your cat can get by just fine without one. If you have the money for a pet fountain get one and see if your cat likes it. If you don’t have the money for one don’t worry you can always change the cats water daily.
Always remember to use some soap to clean your cats water dish every few days and rinse thoroughly. This will help remove and prevent scum build up. Also it is best to keep your cats water away from it’s food and litter box so the water will stay cleaner.
One last thing to consider is take a look at your cat’s health. If your cat is hardly drinking or stops drinking you need to take him/her to a vet as this could be a sign of a medical problem.