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Why do cats prefer dirty water? — 7 Comments

  1. Since I got to grips with using large bowls (so as not to brush whiskers) the cats definitely drink more often. It could be, as you say the noxious stuff dissipating.

    Appropos of water bowls Michael, a couple of weeks ago I swapped one of the remaining stainless steel bowls with a large, glazed ceramic bowl. Within two days both pussers were seen using it, more than once. Since then it’s become one of three favourite bowls they seek out first around the house. One of the other two is also ceramic.

    It could be that they really were getting static shocks from the metal bowls. Will keep an eye on this. Plans are afoot to replace all the metal bowls if the choice of using the ceramic bowls first,persists. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • Thanks Jane. I believe that some domestic cats have references for the type of bowl that they drink from in terms of what it is made of and its appearance. This may be a visual thing or odor. It is definitely worth trying different bowls to encourage drinking.

  2. My cats are picky. I never use any kind of soak All of their dishes are stainless and are wiped out with a dry paper towel and boiled. I have the safe plastic jugs or safer that i purchase purified water in. It’s the same water we use for drinking and cooking.
    I also leave the tap in the bathtub dripping as they seem to enjoy some of well water on occasion. Since it doesn’t pool by the drain they drink right out of the drips.

  3. I go nuts when my feral throws clay litter into his nice clean water bowl. There is much clay in the soil in this area where he lived the first part of his life. Maybe this is the reason.

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