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Oct. 3rd, 2005

10:18 pm - The cat

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I've lived with a cat since August. This cat has many strange and interesting habits. Among these habits are a disdain for the water in his dish in favor of the water in the bathroom sink or the bathtub or practically anywhere else. Probably because he thinks that water must be running in order to be fresh.

So, we got him a little fountain. He is quite taken with it, and likes playing with the water a bit as well as lapping it up. It's rather amusing to watch. I think he also finds our observation of him to be a bit odd. :-)

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From:d_e_l_i_r_i_u_m
Date:October 4th, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)

awwww

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i want a cat.. but i need stuff first. like a litterbox, and a stash of litter and cat food.
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From:omnifarious
Date:October 4th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)

Re: awwww

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Those are good things to have if you're going to have a cat. :-)

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From:capoeira727
Date:October 4th, 2005 01:01 pm (UTC)
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As a cat lover and basically havinga cat most of my life, I can tell you that this "phenomenon" is not all that unusual. Cats are the biggest divas.
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From:omnifarious
Date:October 4th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
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*chuckle* Yes, yes they are.

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From:lunasoleil
Date:October 4th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
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My kitties have a water fountain too! I discovered they preferred it when I bought a decorative fountain and they drank from that more than their water bowl ;) Yup, quite normal for some kitties to prefer running water.
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From:somewoman
Date:October 4th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)

Yup.

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When my roommate first adopted LucyCat almost exactly a year ago, she refused to drink water. We found out that the only water that she was consuming came from a (barely) drippy faucet. No matter how dehydrated she became, she refused to drink out of her water dish. Before she figured out that running water was the key and bought LucyCat a fountain, my roommate had to take her to the vet several times to have water injected under her skin.

Now that she has a fountain, she'll occasionally drink out of a dish. Little punk.
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From:omnifarious
Date:October 4th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Yup.

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*laugh* The water fountain we got was actually designed for a decorative outdoor fountain. We got it from Home Depot, and it was only $25 or so.

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From:somewoman
Date:October 4th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Yup.

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The one that we have is the Drinkwell Pet Fountain, which was $50 at the time.
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From:omnifarious
Date:October 4th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Yup.

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That's a nice, well-designed device, but I'm not sure if the advantages over a little garden fountain are worth $25.

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From:mabelmundane
Date:October 4th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
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well, at least your cat doesnt drink out of the toilet! my cat merlin does...so we put his water bowl in the bathroom next to the toilet, and now he mostly drinks out of his water bowl, but sometimes he still drinks from the toilet. and speaking of water, he has a strange fasination with it. when im taking a bath, he'll hop onto the tub, and walk around the edge of the bathtub. its like he wants to like water, but is still scared of it. :)
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From:nikith
Date:October 4th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
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I have 2 cats. One will ONLY drink from the toilet. When I had 2 bathrooms, this was less of an issue, cause I could designate one the cats' bathroom. She would sleep in the sink, too. The other cat paws at the water bowl. She will also drink from the toilet, but is ok with the bowl. In both cases, they have been known to stare at a clean toilet, and then at me, causing me to flush, so they may have "fresh" water.

Do you know how often I have to clean cat prints off the seat?

It was a blessing in disguise, though. When my mama cat mangled the pad of her foot, it was the blood on the toilet seat that gave it away.
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From:memegarden
Date:October 5th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
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http://catsinsinks.com/
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From:omnifarious
Date:October 5th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
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That is highly amusing. :-)

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From:bansheewail
Date:October 4th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Before I ever found the perpetual motion water filters at Mud Bay, I used to think it was so delightfully clever of my boys the way they kicked the water dish to disturb the surface of the water before drinking. Now I find it cute in a very different way when I catch Lethe straddling the toilet seat and leaning his little head all the way down to the water. I love my boys :).
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From:omnifarious
Date:October 4th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
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I should've known that a post about cats would've gotten a comment from you. :-) You'll have to meet our cat someday.

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From:daisykitten
Date:October 5th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Cats can sense when water is fresh and when it is not. Water that has been sitting in a food bowl even for a few hours begins to lose oxygen and it becomes "stale". It's a natural animal instinct to search for water that is moving, because it is fresher and has a higher oxygen content than standing water.

My cats drink out of the running water from the filter on the back of my fish tank. I was a little worried, since I wasn't sure if that water was safe. The vet said as long as I am not putting algea killer (essentially weed killer) into the water, the kitties will be fine. Darn things have me adding and replacing the water a lot more than usual for a tank so large (20 gallons).

My roommate's other cat really actually enjoyed the water. He has a habbit of coming INTO the bathtub with you as you're enjoying your suds.

My dog is afraid of bubbles.
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