Every morning my kitty visits one of the bathrooms to drink water from the trap in the shower area.

She has a water bowl full of fresh water every day.

She and my cocker share the water bowl, not to mention a lot of food.

  • Is this early after the fresh water was filled in? Does she drink from her bowl later the day? Mar 26, 2022 at 19:40
  • We change bowl water every morning when we feed them...but she shares the bowl with our cocker, and they often steal food from each other. Should I provide another water bowl on her counter top food area? Mar 26, 2022 at 19:42
  • Sometimes water from the tab holds some additives as long as in the tube, like chlorine. When coming in contact with air, this will "fly away". Animals sometimes smell or taste them, and wait for some time before drinking "fresh" water. I observed this with my rabbits. So I store some water in a can and give from there clean water into their bowl. Mar 26, 2022 at 19:46
  • Interesting...we have purified water coming through a filtration system that includes UV...maybe we should start giving tap water that does not eliminate minerals...please write up this answer so I can UpVote it...your comments show much insight. Mar 26, 2022 at 19:48
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Cats instinctively don’t trust standing water because in nature it’s a breeding ground for disease. Running water is much safer, which is why your cat prefers drinking from the tap.

If you feed only wet food, this isn’t too bad; cats are evolved to get the water they need from their food. However, if you feed dry at all, your cat must drink additional water to prevent kidney failure.

The best solution is a water fountain, ideally in a place the dog can’t get into it.

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    She;s drinking from the trap...i.e. the standing water in the soapy drain hole. She gets both wet anad dry food every day, as well as bits of meat from our meals Mar 27, 2022 at 18:55
  • @Cascabel_StandWithUkraine My cats lick the shower and sinks after I use them. I think they’re smart enough to understand that water is still fresh.
    – StephenS
    Apr 1, 2022 at 4:02

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