Does Your Cat Drink From The Water Faucet?

Cat drinking from water faucet

If you find that your cat runs to the sink everytime she hears you turn on the water faucet don't be surprised. Most cats prefer running water to water that is standing still, such as that found in their water bowl.

One theory as to why cats prefer running water is that it may be due to an evolutionary process. Before humans kept cats as pets and provided water bowls full of fresh water, cats had to find their own sources of fresh drinking water. Running water is generally much healthier and less poluted than stagnant, still water, and so the cats that preferred to drink running water may have survived longer and more of their genes may have gotten into the kitty genepool.

Another theory (mine) is that water running from the faucet just tastes better than the water in your cat's bowl. After all, would you like to drink water from a cup or glass that has been sitting around all day? In addition, water coming from the faucet is usually colder than water that has been sitting in your cat's water bowl.

Perhaps your cat isn't yet drinking from the faucet, but is using her paw to splash water out of her water bowl. She may do this because she wants to get the water moving or maybe she's checking the temperature. Or maybe your cat likes to tip over his bowl and drink the water directly off the floor. One theory as to why cats like to get the water in their bowl moving before they start drinking is because it is easier for them to see it once it is moving. If your cat can't see the water level as well when the water is still then your cat may accidentally stick her face down in the water bowl too far and then she will get her face wet when she tries to get a drink, which most cats don't enjoy.

If your cat is reluctant to drink the water from her bowl the list below provides some useful tips to try to get your cat to drink from his or her own bowl or some alternative place of your choosing (hopefully without splashing the water out all over the floor). The most important thing is that your cat get enough water to drink. In general cats don't need to drink a lot of water, especially if they eat canned food because it contains some water. However, kidney problems are common in older cats and so perhaps drinking more water throughout their life may help to prevent or delay this problem.

Useful Tips for Getting Your Cat to Drink More Water