Wild Cats Eat and Drink in Separate Places
Cheetah drinking from a pond -- Photo by Willem Degen
That was a very interesting article about cats drinking water. I've known many cats who would refuse to drink water when it was anywhere near a food bowl with food in it.
I asked an ethologist friend about this and she told me that in the wild, wild cats will never devour a carcass near or actually in natural water sources.
It's been suggested that somehow they have made the connection between a carcass being near or in fresh water contaminating it and rendering it useless/dangerous. This knowledge is passed on to the young as their mother teaches them life skills.
Sounds about right to me. What do you think?
Hi Jane.... I knew I could trust one of the regulars to come up with the answer! Yes, it sounds absolutely right to me too.
I think that this is almost certainly the reason why cats might like their water away from their food. It is a faint vestige of their wild ancestor's habits that haunts them.
And when you think about it, it is actually very sensible in a domestic environment. Domestic cats can be messy eaters and chuck food into the water if it is close by.
In warm weather that is not good.
Thanks for the insight, Jane, it is very welcome. The reason, by the way, that I couldn't leave comments at the bottom of the page on cats drinking water was because the text was too long. The software only allows 10,000 characters in one of those submission forms...MichaelWild Cats Eat and Drink in Separate Places to Best Cat Food