Do you think cats get bored of water?

United States
December 6, 2007 3:41am CST
Watching my cat try and drink anything in a cup that's put on the floor or anything anyone spills, I wonder if she gets bored with always having to drink water? She has a fresh flow water filteration system downstairs... mind you I have no water filter of my own... and she has a bowl upstairs that I put fresh water in daily. But sometimes she'll go up to her water bowl or the filter look at it and just sigh then drink as if she had no choice. If I put the water in a water bottle though, she'll go nuts and drink it happily. My mother taught her how to drink from a water bottle, she'll say open and the cat will open her mouth and my mom will tilt the bottle so the cat gets small "sips"... crazy pair those two. She thinks she's a human child though so maybe she just thinks it's humiliating to have to drink from a bowl on the floor? Wouldn't it be neat if somebody invented juice for cats? Like crystal kitty light or something that was safe for them yet tasty as a treat. What do you think, does your cat get bored of drinking water all the time?
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@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
6 Dec 07
I don't think mine ever get bored with water. They go thru gallons of it. People used to drink only water, too. Water is the perfect substance and just exactly what our bodies need to be healthy. Cats are smart enough to know they need to drink water. People drink anything and everything that is wet, even if it isn't very good for them. We just don't appreciate the value of water like we should.
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• United States
6 Dec 07
Well we've come pretty far from drinking just water, or any for that matter these days.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
6 Dec 07
I don't have a kitty, but 2 of my dogs choke when they drink water! I have to rub their throats until it goes down... the vet says there's nothing we can do to prevent it, but sometimes I pick up the dish when they drink, and it seems to help. Animals don't know that water comes in flavors!!LOL! But we could start something... Perrier Beef. Evian Chicken. Domestic Fish-flavored! Its getting late... I read that last line and decided to get some sleep!LOL!
• United States
6 Dec 07
LOL! That is too funny! I agree, some sleep for me too. The thing is that my old roommate used to let the cat drink from her flavored water bottles until I caught her one day. Since then from time to time she gets to looking depressed and will just sit and stare at the water bowl or she'll pop her paw into my glass and scoop juice with her paw while I'm yelling "no" and making noises like that dog whisperer guy. She's such a freak, lol. Your poor dogs! Maybe one of those elevated stands for dogs would help? The kind that hold the water and food dish at an easier level for them?
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• United States
6 Dec 07
P.S. The dog whisperer "shhhttt" noise and finger pointing doesn't work on cats.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
6 Dec 07
The dog whisperer stuff only works on our dogs when our daughter does it... we are trying to get her to move back home, but her husband objects!LOL!!
@GardenGerty (92450)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Dec 07
Since you give your kitty filtered water, I wonder if the flavor is somewhat bland to her? My daughter says that about bottled water. I think chicken broth would be a good "kitty lite" drink. Experts keep telling us that animals do not need to have their food changed around, that they do not get bored, that changing it disturbs their digestion,I do not necessarily agree. I bet your water bottle cat is cute.
• United States
9 Dec 07
Aww thanks! She is nutty but cute and keeps insisting that she's a big girl and can drink out of a water bottle herself, only to make a huge mess of course and then get upset because she's wet, lol. I agree, I think they do get bored. I noticed with her food, she's ok eating the same dry food everyday but at dinner time she refuses to eat her wet food if you give her the same flavor more than twice in a row. She eats like I do, in stages, like she'll be obsessed with salmon flavor for a while then one day wants nothing more to do with it for a couple of months and moves on to chicken or tuna. I do the very same thing, I'll eat nothing but one thing until I get so sick of it that I don't have it again for months and move on to the next obsession, lol.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
9 Dec 07
None of my cats appear to be bored with water. I wouldn't give them any other beverage, but fresh water every day and wash their dishes as well. Water is healthier for cats, even more so than milk.
• United States
9 Dec 07
I agree that it is the best drink for them.
• United States
8 Dec 07
I have had up to 9 cats. One used to sit next to the water bowl everyday indicating that she wanted fresh water. Another drank out of the toilet. So I did research on cats and drinking water from the tap. Come to find out cats do not like high chlorine in water; they can't even stand the smell. Chlorine levels change in potable water, so that is why sometimes cats may drink out of a water dish because at the time the chlorine level is low. That is why they prefer a mud puddle over their water dish. Using bottled water is one way to draw the cat back to the dish. Club soda mixed with water helps, too. Believe it or not, cats love carbonation!
• United States
9 Dec 07
I never heard of the carbonation and cats, that's interesting. When she was smaller she wouldn't drink tap water at all, days would go by and she wouldn't touch it. Which is how we got her into drinking bottled water and bought her the filtered fresh flow dish so she could have fresh, cool, filtered water at all times. She'll drink tap water now but only from the tub and not from the sink.