Why Do Cats Like Drinking From the Water Faucet?
Why Do Cats Prefer Running Water?
If your cat darts to the sink every time it hears you turn on the water faucet, don't be surprised—many cats actually favor running water to water that is located in their water dish. Cats prefer that their water be cool and fresh, and therefore running water is most appealing to them for that very reason.
It is not unusual for cats to dab their paw into the water dish and agitate it so they can have that flowing water appeal. Cool running water is very pleasing to many cats because it’s fresh, clean, and flowing.
When water is just sitting in a bowl all day, it can be unappealing to your cat, so it is a good idea to make sure your cat has a fresh bowl of cool drinking water throughout the day. According to my research, there is no definitive reason why your cat fancies drinking from the faucet, except that it is cold and refreshing. Many cats refuse to drink out of a bowl, therefore the following tips will help you keep your cat hydrated.
Practical Tips for Getting Your Cat to Drink Water
- Place ice cubes in your cat's drinking bowl so that the water will be refreshed and cool.
- Increase the number of water bowls throughout the home. Place bowls in various places around the house, so your cat has easy access to them.
- Move your cat's water bowl to a different location away from your cat's food dish. It is possible that your cat doesn't like to smell food when drinking water.
- Try buying your cat a different type of water dish. It is possible your cat doesn't like the smell of the plastic that the bowl may be made of. Give ceramic or metal bowls a try.
- Try letting the faucet run at various times throughout the day, buy your cat a fountain bowl, there are several types and they provide running water for your cat 24 hours a day. Leaving the faucet running could lead to a very high water bill.
- You may try adding a little water from a can of tuna fish to your cat's water bowl. The extra flavor may allure your cat to drink. You may also want to consider bottled water.
- Try placing a drinking fountain with access to fresh running water. Cats often enjoy the bubbling effects, encouraging them to drink.
The most important thing is to make sure your cat is getting the water it needs, whether it be from a faucet you leave running in your house or the many water bowls filled with ice cubes left around for your cat to get its fill of fresh clean water. Whatever your cat's needs are, the sooner you fulfill them, the happier you and your cat will be.
This Cat Loves Faucet Water Best
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.