Why Does Your Cat Love Running Water?


Does your cat play with running water?  Your pet is not alone!  Many cats like to play with water and sometimes even like to drink out of the running faucet.

One theory as to why cats love running water has to do with their past.  Wild animals prefer to drink from running streams because the water is cleaner than a pond with standing water.  

If your cat splashes the water in their bowl, this could also be their way of testing the water to see if it is safe.  Your cat’s paws are one of the most sensitive areas on their body.  Cats sometimes scoop water to check the water and its temperature.  

Some pet owners like to provide their pets with an automatic water dispenser that trickles water!  If you’re not looking to invest in a new dish, just make sure that your cat always has plenty of clean water. 

Check out this article to learn more about why cats have such an affinity for running water.

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