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Why do cats drink from the tap?

08th October 2018

Why do cats drink from the tap?

A cat’s motivation to drink is not connected to hunger so many find it confusing when water bowls are provided directly adjacent to their usual feeding area. Some cats adapt to this strange set-up relatively easily but others reject this water as unsuitable and seek other more acceptable sources.

Taps, glasses of water, vases and goldfish bowls are all potential thirst quenchers but the best option is to provide dedicated drinking vessels in alternative locations well away from your cat’s food.

Some cats also prefer running water so pet drinking fountains can be purchased as a more practical source than a constantly dripping tap.

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