Do Cats Prefer Cold Water?
avatar

To figure out if domestic cats prefer cold water it is probably sensible to turn the clock back and consider what the domestic cat’s wild cat ancestor did some 10,000 years ago. This cat is the North African wildcat. Their prey is warm when eaten if freshly killed or at ambient temperature. They drink water out of a variety of watercourses such as streams and rivers which is cool or cold in comparison.

The indications are that today’s domestic cats prefer cold or cool water because (1) they have inherited the traits of their wild cat ancestor and (2) we should always provide our cats with plenty of fresh water. Cat owners do this. It comes out of the fridge in which case it is cold or it comes out of the tap in which case it is cold or cool. Domestic cats are habituated to freshwater which is cold.

That said, I’m sure a domestic cat will drink water at room temperature and often does as it warms up or even warm water if she is thirsty enough. Let’s say they cats do not have quite the same reaction to drinking lukewarm water that we have.

Domestic cats allowed outside sometimes prefer to drink from muddy puddles rather than from their water bowl inside the home. The former is rainwater and the latter is usually tap water which may be lightly chlorinated and ‘processed’. Cats pick up the difference and might prefer the more natural stuff. Domestic cats also not unusually like to drink out of the faucet (the tap in the UK). This is because the water is cooler, fresher and running which simulates drinking from a stream.

What do you think? There are no studies on this subject so it is down to us to work it out for ourselves.

How long can cats survive without food and water?

FB comments (see below)
This entry was posted in water and tagged by Michael Broad. Bookmark the permalink.

About Michael Broad

Michael is retired! He retired at age 57 and at Aug 2018 is approaching 70. He worked in many jobs. The last job he did was as a solicitor practicing general law. He loves animals and is passionate about animal welfare. He also loves photography and nature. He hates animal abuse. He has owned and managed this site since 2007. There are around 13k pages so please use the custom search facility!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Please try and upload photos that are small in size of max 500px width and 50 KB size. Large images typical of most default settings on digital cameras may fail to upload. Thanks. Comment rules: (1) respect others (2) threatening, harassing, bullying, insulting and being rude to others is forbidden (3) advocating cat cruelty is forbidden (4) trolls (I know who they are) must use real name and upload a photo of themselves. Enforcement: (1) inappropriate comments are deleted before publication and (2) commenters who demonstrate a desire to flout the rules are banned. Failure to comply with (4) results in non-publication. Lastly, please avoid adding links because spam software regards comments with links as spam and holds them in the spam folder. I delete the spam folder contents daily.