Cat Water Habits

Do cats like water? Learn more about the finicky relationship between cats and water.

By Anastasia Thrift

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Cat Drinking Water

Cats and water have a complicated relationship. In cartoons and popular consciousness, the two are considered foes. But in reality, some cats do like water: they like to play in it, to watch it and definitely to drink it.

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See which cats like water here, and watch the cat video that busts the myth that all cats hate water.

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Find out why your kitten can't stay out of the water dish in this article on cats playing in water.

How Much Water Should My Cat Drink?
Learn how much water is enough for cats to drink every day, and what to do if they're drinking too much or too little.

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Connie    Pine Mountain Club, CA

8/11/2013 8:21:18 PM

We have three indoor only cats, large breed rescues. Water sends my Forest Cat back to the highlands in his mind. Each morning I overflow his personal cup with fresh water and set in down in the sink. He has to cross a dangerous counter to reach the sink then balance his big body on the inside to drink. Not bad for an old 17 pounder - 20 in his prime. Of course there are water bowls in three different places throughout the house, basement and Catio so he always has options.

Gary    Cincinnati, OH

8/8/2013 9:13:17 AM

I wish I could upload a picture with this comment! My cat drinks from a 5 gallon utility bucket that sits in the bathtub, and gets replaced with fresh water each morning. He loves it, and I can leave him for a few days knowing that the water will remain fresh in my absence.

We also recently got him a Kitty Peeper cat window patio that he sits in most of the early evening and early in the morning, watching the birds and squirrels in the yard. Here's where we got it: LINK

Marilyn    Columbus, NE

8/8/2013 5:52:49 AM

Interesting. My cats like to drink out of the bathroom faucet although I have a fountain for them. As long as they drink I don't care where they drink.

Kim    Paisley, ON

8/8/2013 5:01:46 AM

My cats love to drink water from the faucet. I think they prefer their water cold. That is a wonderful fountain in the picture. Could you please tell me where I could purchase one of those. I live in Canada.

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