Does Your Cat Drink From The Water Faucet? - About Cats Online
Cats love drinking from faucets and showers. Running water beats stagnant water.
In spite of their reputation for tolerating only dry land, many cats are actually water lovers. Some like to play in standing water, whereas others are fascinated by running water and perfer to drink from a faucet. In The Cat Behavior Answer Book (Storey, 2007), pet writer Arden Moore writes that there are many theories as well as urban legends about this behavior, but no one knows for sure. This attraction to running water may reflect an adaptive behavior from a wild past. Perhaps because running water has fewer contaminates, many wild animals prefer to drink from streams rather than ponds.
I happened upon this hub while searching for inspiration for a short-story challenge with the prompt "fountain." Not sure I have my story yet, but I'm glad to read here. My cats have always enjoyed drinking from fountains. Although I haven't used the brand recommended here, I usually have some way for them to drink running water--either from a fountain or directly from the faucet. It seems to help with UTI issues.
How to Deal With a Cat That Only Drinks From a Running Tap | WIRED
Why Cats Play With Water | Care2 Healthy Living
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. Cats really seem to have a thing for running water. Leo likes us to turn on the faucet, and he'll stick his head right in, letting it run all over the top of his head. He does this in the tub, too. 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. Cats equally dislike being sprayed with water but this may stem from the element of surprise rather than the water itself. Most dislike it so much that the water spray can be used as a method of training. If there is an area where you don’t want your kitty to be, a counter or table for example, a gentle squirt of water is enough to send them running and discourages future visits to the area.