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2/15/09 8:27 A

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Jonesy drinks water anywhere BUT her dish... she normally will drink out of the dog's water bowl. But if I leave the lids up on the toilet, then she'll go there. I have caught her in the tub after someone takes a shower, lapping away at the drops left over.

I just think it's one of those cool things about cats that make them so unique.

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2/10/09 2:39 P

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Wow, I wondered if anyone else had this going on. Both of the cats we adopted last year always look in the tub for water. I bet their former owners put their water in the tub. I thought they just like to look for puddles. Both cats prefer to drink out of the large dog's water dish instead of the dishes next to their own food.


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2/9/09 9:54 P

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I have to keep the kitty water in the tub because the dog drinks it. I use one of the tower water holders and the dog would make a real mess in no time flat if I didn't have it out of the line of fire. However, she does take exception to the fact that the kitties drink her water. I can't win.

One of my kitties likes to be around when any water is running. It makes mornings a little difficult when we are both interested in the process of me brushing my teeth. The water bowl surfing has calmed down a bit, but once in a while she just can't resist the temptation to take a full swipe at it. I can't get mad at her. She comes to me with a soaking wet head and a confession of guilt every time.

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2/9/09 5:57 P

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Christine, I actually had a woman at work suggest the same thing. I was trying not to do that, but it looks like I might have to. Thanks for your reply!

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2/9/09 12:09 A

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Have you tried keeping his water dish in the bathtub? That way he won't be able to get water all over the floor when he plays in it.

I had several cats that I used to use a harness on. They went crazy the first few times I put it on them, but they got used to it. I didn't try walking them on it, just used it while taking them to the vet and back.

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I have another question about cats and water. My boy Buster lived outside with his mother for about 6 weeks before we rescued both of them. He was ok when he was little, but now that he's older (7 months) he plays with his water dish all the time. I had a shallow saucer so he couldn't tip it over like he did with his first dish. He splashes it all over the floor. He loves to drink from the tub faucet, but sticks his paw under the running water then licks his paw. He also drinks any water in left in the tub after we get showers. I'm afraid he's going to end up with soapy water sometime. Any ideas on what kind of water dish to use?

Another thing I'd like to know is does anybody use a harness and leash on their cat? My two old cats (now deceased) were strictly house cats, but when let outside, would stay on the porch for hours without leaving. I know this cat Buster will NOT stay on the porch. He is way too nibby. I thought of trying to train him in a harness, then eventually try to leave him outside like I did with the others. I put the harness on him today and he about had a fit! He rolled, ran around, flipped over and basically drove himself nuts until I took it off. It really was funny, but I don't know if he will get used to it or not. I was going to try to let him wear it everyday for a few minutes, gradually increasing the time until it doesn't bother him. I hope I can do this by spring! Has anyone done this with good results?

Thanks for letting me butt in here :)


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2/8/09 11:47 A

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Hello Everyone,

My cat (Pretty Baby) drinks out of the dog's dish. I have seen her drink from it on a regular basis. It is a chrome dish that is very shiny and I think that when it gets down in water she refuses to drink from it cause she can then see her reflection in it. But when I fill it back up she will continue drinking.

She sometimes throws up, but I think it is from her furr balls. When I clean them up it is in a ball shape and has fur in it.

She eats dry food with an occassional canned food. We fill her food dish up everyday and she eats without any problem.

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Yes, take your cat to the vet! There could be something wrong with her. Now, I know this isn't a cat, but I had a dog once that refused to drink. We found out he had been poisoned somehow and his kidneys were shutting down. We got him to the vet too late.

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2/5/09 2:20 P

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Take your cat to the vet!

When a cat isn't drinking properly that could mean something is wrong with their kidneys or bladder. Being dehydrated can cause a cat to become constipated. That is what happened to my cat Breana, something happened to her kidneys and she started to not eat and only would drink out of the bathroom faucet. Please have the vet check your cats kidneys, the sooner they diagnose kidney disease, the more likely they are to recover. I was lucky in that Breana recovered, because I waited quite a while before I took her to the vet. I didn't realize right away how sick she was because she went downhill very slowly.

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2/4/09 1:35 P

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CatChrista-Maybe Cookie is just helping you get more exercise by making you walk back and forth to fill the cup. =)

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2/4/09 11:50 A

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I keep a water dish next to the kitties food. I pour it out every morning a fill it with fresh water. I do see them drink from it now and then. However, and I'm really not sure how this got started, but I have a little plastic cup (yogurt cup) that is in my garden tub that I fill up with water about 10 time a day. Both kitties like to drink from it better then the one by their food. Cookie gets a drink then pulls it over and dumps it after she is finished. I don't know if it's to see it spill or to keep Samantha out of it. Either way, it keeps me going back and forth all day.

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2/3/09 2:42 P

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I've heard from multiple source that cats in the wild know to drink moving water because it's less likely to contain parasites. I think our house kitties remember this and that's why some of them are partial to faucets or fountains. One of my mom's cats will demand (in a high pitched yowl) water from the bathroom faucet. Her other cat and mine don't seem to care. Although, my drinks out of the humidifier base every time I take the tank off to refill it. Don't know why she thinks that's better.

In addition to a UTI, your kitty could have crystals in his bladder. I've had it happen with two cats, and it is particularly common in male cats. The crystals are painful, so they start to pee elsewhere because they don't feel well.

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2/3/09 11:52 A

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Part of it is that cat's generally do not like to drink standing water. One reason they tend to drink from a cup is that if you tap it or have just set it down they can see it moving and they think it's ok then. My Fluffy will only drink running water. She has never wanted to drink from her bowl. Whenever any of us goes to the bathroom, she follows and wants the bathtub faucet turned on (very low). She will then drink from that. During the day when none of us are at home, she has learned how to stand on the faucet and put just enough pressure on one handle to get it to start dripping, and she will proceed to drink it from there.

As for the urinating in unusual places, the only time we have ever had a problem is if the litter box didn't get scooped or changed when she thought it should be. (She's a diva!) She will then go somewhere else to let us know she is angry about it. It doesn't help that it's my nine year olds responsibility to change it and she hates to do it. Sometimes, even though I remind her all the time, she will conveniently forget. Which makes me angry because I don't want my house to smell like a litter box and makes Fluffy angry because she doesn't like to be dirty or smelly in the least.

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2/2/09 6:06 A

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All the various ones I've had over the years have always preferred faucet to their bowl or dispenser. It's colder and fresher so who can blame them. Basically the dispenser is my backup and I give them ice with water twice a day in their bowl.

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I rarely see Shadow drinking from her water bowl. But every night, I bring a glass of water to bed with me and she's got her head stuck into it straight away....

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Snickers, Sassy and Spunky all drink out of the dish. Kiki will not drink out of the dish. She likes to drink out of the faucet the best but will drink out of water in dishes in the sink. I think when she was a kitten she had to fend for herself in the house and eat what she could find and drink out of a drippy faucet. She was so malnourished when my daughter got her we thought she was about 6 months old but the vet said she was actually a little over a year.



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Mine drink out of there bowls, my cups, the fauset, they just like water

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You should get your cat to the Vet. Whenever a cat deviates from their normal routine, something is wrong. It is not normal for a cat to urinate in your bed, not drink water (especially if she eats dry food)and not poop. But think about it; if she's not eating, what's to poop?

I don't think there is a particular dry food that cats like over another one but usually a cat will eat one of the more nutritious commercially popular brands.

Your cat is giving you signs that something isn't right with her. Whether it's traumatic or an illness, you should definitely check it out soon.

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My cat used to only like bathroom water. She won't drink it by her food. I finally moved the water dish away from the food and she drank more. I don't know why she doesn't like it by her food. I actually keep the water in the corner of my bathroom.

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I've never had this happen with the no pooping. But my cat did happen to pee on the floor in right of me out of spite, so he went and got fixed. He's never done it again. You might want to take him to the vet, he could have a uti, my bro n law's cat was known for peeing in the corner and he had a uti.

For the water, don't be concerned with that, my cat does the same thing, something about the water that doesn't belong to them is more tasty. He will eventually drink his water when he has too, but if he's out in about in the house with you he's just wants some cool water.

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My cats drink a lot more water since we got the water fountain for them.. Some cats don't like it but others do. MY cat will stick her whole head into my 32 oz cup to lap up my water!

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I've just got a question for everyone out there - when you have a dish for the cat's water that is stored by their food which they eat all the time, does the cat refuse to drink the water?
I'm not sure if she is actually not drinking it herself, but whenever I go to the bathroom late at night, she follows me in and gets on the counter where I've left a cup full of water for when I need to rinse my mouth out. She just starts lapping the water up like she hasn't had any water all day. This is a concern for me, as I need to get her a vet checkup anyways to see why she urinated on my bed when she's never done so before. She also doesn't seem to want to eat her dry food anymore, and I've noticed that she only urinates in her box, there's no poop in there. I've seen this before, that was the week before we moved down to Merced, and then after the move she started pooping again. Is there some dry food that cats are more likely to eat or is this a serious problem? I really love my cat and want to give her the best care and love I can.

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