23. Water: domestic cat

Domestic cats often also prefer moving water and will often drink more if their water source is placed away from their food source and toileting area. Cats generally prefer wide brimmed ceramic or glass containers and many cats prefer their whiskers not to touch the edge of a bowl when drinking. Plastic or metal bowls can sometimes taint the water.

Water should always be available indoors in case a preferred outdoor drinking source suddenly becomes inaccessible.

If your cat changes its drinking or eating habits please contact your vet to have a health check for your cat.

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Try moving the water bowl away from the food bowl (and litter tray) and see if your cat drinks more.

Cat drinking from a glass

Cats like to drink at an alternative location to sites of eating and toileting.

Original image URL - http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheek/2619142049/in/photostream/ Image author - Alex Cheek , licence - CC BY-SA 2.0

Did you know

Did you know cats generally prefer their whiskers not to touch the edge of a bowl when drinking?

Cat drinking

Some cats will prefer to drink a natural water source outside; this might be because some are put off by the taste of chlorine.

Original image URL - http://www.flickr.com/photos/swafo/339704603/in/photostream/ Image author - Alex (no full name given), licence - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


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Video: Different cats like to drink from different sources (this video has not been created by Cats Protection)