(Closed) Need Help with my Cats….

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

What about one of those fountain type watering things for cats that provide continually fresh running water?

Mine were kinda scared of it at first and I ended up returning it. They just like their bowl I guess.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think this is pretty common with cats. My cats only want to drink from a glass of water that I leave for them in the bathroom. They never touch their water bowl by the food. My other cat loves the toilet, both for drinking and for dropping her toys in the bowl and then fishing them out of the water.

My mom’s cats also drink from a cup in the bathroom and one gets upset when “her” glass of water on the nightstand is empty.

I don’t really have any advice unfortunately, except you to kind of just accept it. Cats are weird & stubborn, but that’s one of the reasons I like them so much!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My cat doesn’t drink from his dish either so we stopped filling it. He’d just get angry and knock it over. Now he drinks out of the dogs bowl and the toilet…except now that we have the cleaner thing that makes the water blue he’s stayed away. I don’t know what is so great about the dog bowl but apparently it makes all the difference lol. Cats are just finicky.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@hotchild, yeah, the Drinkwell! My cats wouldn’t go near the running water. They HATED it. I got the impression they’d only drink from it if they were despeartely thirsty and I didn’t like that =

If you go that route, buy from Petco or Petsmart. They’ll let you return it if you try it and it doesn’t work out. I’ve done that with scratching posts and the water fountain.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

No, dishwater is not safe. There are food particles and soap and grease in it. That can make them really really sick.

The drinkwell actually spurts out water, though–if they like running faucets that’ll be up their alley i’m sure.

When you catch your cats up on the counters near the sink you have to start training them to stay away. A spray bottle usually does the trick.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

I have heard that cats don’t like to touch their whiskers when they drink.  Are you using a small bowl for them?  Maybe try switching to a super wide bowl.  My cats won’t drink from their bowls, they prefer to drink from the dog’s bowl.  Or the sink.  I’d suggest getting a wide, shallow bowl and trying that.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

My cat doesn’t really touch her water bowl either. She just follows me into the bathroom and I turn on the faucet for her.. I’m probably a bad mom.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with Mighty about the shorter bowl.  Also, is the bowl plastic?  Cats hate plastic bowls with a passion.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

my cats just love water anywhere they can get it. A friend of ours told us that some cats like to “hunt” for water sources.  So if you leave a water glass out for them on the coffee table as their water glass, they might prefer that to a bowl in their room. Our cats knock over everything so we can’t do that but we got them a fountain thing http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3251564′ defer=’defer they really seem to like that.  We’ve had some problems with it leaking though. Not sure if we just overfilled it, the cats got into it or if it’s defective.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My cats both insist on only drinking sink drinks from the bathroom faucet. They also have to have the bathroom light on when they are taking said drink. If we leave any sort of cup out with liquid in it, they will knock it down and spill the contents everywhere.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Mine does this too! 🙁  I want to get her a fountain, but they’re too much money.  I’ll be interested to see more responses.

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