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Cats like fresh water. Water fountains are good for that provided they are cleaned regularly. We see a lot of cats drinking from taps. I guess the water is fresher and colder. Do cats prefer cold water? I am not sure. Should cats drink softened water? Click this link to read a discussion on that. And following on from that there appears to be a link between hard water and urinary tract crystals.
Does the water make your cat sick? Another discussion.
Searching for water might make cats keener to drink it. We know how bad domestic cats are at drinking adequate amounts of water when eating dry cat food.
Click on this link to see different styles of cats drinking water.
Click on this link for a discussion on how long a cat can survive without drinking water.
Some more pages on cats and water:
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