Faucet water instead of water from the bowl

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Faucet water instead of water from the bowl

Post by Dan Trope » Fri, 14 Aug 1998 04:00:00



My new bundle of joy - Mr Gatsby has one weird habit. We put out
fresh water for him regularly throughout the day but everytime
we are around either the kitchen or bathroom sinks he will try
drinking from the faucet instead.

For example every morning when i shave he always jumps onto the
bathroom sink and starts drinking from the faucet. Which makes
shaving really difficult.

My last two cats used to look at a running faucet for about
3 - 5 seconds - get bored then leave. Mr Gatsby seems obsessed
with faucet water.

Is there something about running sink water that he might be
attracted to? I would think he would find drinking from a fresh
bowl a lot easier to do.

I really do not mind him doing this but i am wondering how
sanitary this is. We do wash the sinks out but i have seen
his tongue touch the part of the faucet where the water shoots
out from. Should i break him of this habit? When there are
dishes in the sink we do take him down but thats it.

 
 
 

Faucet water instead of water from the bowl

Post by Paul Gunber » Fri, 14 Aug 1998 04:00:00


There's nothing wrong with him doing this. Just make sure you keep a
bowl of fresh water out for him, also.
Gail
Quote:

> My new bundle of joy - Mr Gatsby has one weird habit. We put out
> fresh water for him regularly throughout the day but everytime
> we are around either the kitchen or bathroom sinks he will try
> drinking from the faucet instead.

> For example every morning when i shave he always jumps onto the
> bathroom sink and starts drinking from the faucet. Which makes
> shaving really difficult.

> My last two cats used to look at a running faucet for about
> 3 - 5 seconds - get bored then leave. Mr Gatsby seems obsessed
> with faucet water.

> Is there something about running sink water that he might be
> attracted to? I would think he would find drinking from a fresh
> bowl a lot easier to do.

> I really do not mind him doing this but i am wondering how
> sanitary this is. We do wash the sinks out but i have seen
> his tongue touch the part of the faucet where the water shoots
> out from. Should i break him of this habit? When there are
> dishes in the sink we do take him down but thats it.

 
 
 

Faucet water instead of water from the bowl

Post by dmgou » Fri, 14 Aug 1998 04:00:00


my cats, especially simon, do the same thing.  when we moved (about 1-1/2
months ago), i stopped this behavior only because a) he would sit in the
bathroom and holler for me to turn the water on -- and would persist until i
came -- several times a day!!! and b) i prefer him to get spring water
anyway -- not the garbage that comes through pipes these days.  if you have
a filter and don't mind him doing this, then it's no big deal.  i have
several wonderful photographs of simon in the sink drinking water and
letting the water run on his little body!!!
Quote:

>My new bundle of joy - Mr Gatsby has one weird habit. We put out
>fresh water for him regularly throughout the day but everytime
>we are around either the kitchen or bathroom sinks he will try
>drinking from the faucet instead.

>For example every morning when i shave he always jumps onto the
>bathroom sink and starts drinking from the faucet. Which makes
>shaving really difficult.

>My last two cats used to look at a running faucet for about
>3 - 5 seconds - get bored then leave. Mr Gatsby seems obsessed
>with faucet water.

>Is there something about running sink water that he might be
>attracted to? I would think he would find drinking from a fresh
>bowl a lot easier to do.

>I really do not mind him doing this but i am wondering how
>sanitary this is. We do wash the sinks out but i have seen
>his tongue touch the part of the faucet where the water shoots
>out from. Should i break him of this habit? When there are
>dishes in the sink we do take him down but thats it.

 
 
 

Faucet water instead of water from the bowl

Post by Claire Morri » Fri, 14 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> My new bundle of joy - Mr Gatsby has one weird habit. We put out
> fresh water for him regularly throughout the day but everytime
> we are around either the kitchen or bathroom sinks he will try
> drinking from the faucet instead.

> For example every morning when i shave he always jumps onto the
> bathroom sink and starts drinking from the faucet. Which makes
> shaving really difficult.

> My last two cats used to look at a running faucet for about
> 3 - 5 seconds - get bored then leave. Mr Gatsby seems obsessed
> with faucet water.

> Is there something about running sink water that he might be
> attracted to? I would think he would find drinking from a fresh
> bowl a lot easier to do.

> I really do not mind him doing this but i am wondering how
> sanitary this is. We do wash the sinks out but i have seen
> his tongue touch the part of the faucet where the water shoots
> out from. Should i break him of this habit? When there are
> dishes in the sink we do take him down but thats it.

Many cats have a natural instinct to avoid still water and only drink
from a water source that is moving.  In nature, a still pond would soon
become stagnant and full of potentially dangerous microorganisms and
algae.  A stream or spring would be a prefered water source for cats in
the wild.  So this translates to your pet cat not wishing to drink from
the still water in the bowl (regardless of how clean it is!) and wishing
to drink from the "spring" that spouts out of the sink as you shave.

As far as sanitary issues, there are really not that many diseases that
can pass between humans and felines to begin with.  In addition, most
accounts I've heard tell that cats have far less bacteria in the mouth
than people do!  I share food with my cats all the time and I've never
suffered from it, so I'm sure there is no need for you to worry.

Hope this is helpful!

Claire
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Faucet water instead of water from the bowl

Post by V & H SIMMON » Fri, 14 Aug 1998 04:00:00




Quote:
>My new bundle of joy - Mr Gatsby has one weird habit. We put out
>fresh water for him regularly throughout the day but everytime
>we are around either the kitchen or bathroom sinks he will try
>drinking from the faucet instead.

>For example every morning when i shave he always jumps onto the
>bathroom sink and starts drinking from the faucet. Which makes
>shaving really difficult.

>My last two cats used to look at a running faucet for about
>3 - 5 seconds - get bored then leave. Mr Gatsby seems obsessed
>with faucet water.

>Is there something about running sink water that he might be
>attracted to? I would think he would find drinking from a fresh
>bowl a lot easier to do.

>I really do not mind him doing this but i am wondering how
>sanitary this is. We do wash the sinks out but i have seen
>his tongue touch the part of the faucet where the water shoots
>out from. Should i break him of this habit? When there are
>dishes in the sink we do take him down but thats it.

 My cats *love* to drink from the tap. Sit on the loo in my house and you'll have a cat using your
lap as a staging post to get to the wash hand basin. You will get a totally teed off feline look if
you haven't turned the tap water on pretty quickly:-)

I have bowls of fresh water out for my cats BUT seems there's nothing like cool fresh water
straight from the tap:-)

Regards, Helen S

 
 
 

Faucet water instead of water from the bowl

Post by Stephanie Whitsel » Sat, 15 Aug 1998 04:00:00


My cats love to drink from the faucet too.  I think its because the water is
typically colder than what is in their water bowl.

Good Luck!

Quote:

>My new bundle of joy - Mr Gatsby has one weird habit. We put out
>fresh water for him regularly throughout the day but everytime
>we are around either the kitchen or bathroom sinks he will try
>drinking from the faucet instead.

>For example every morning when i shave he always jumps onto the
>bathroom sink and starts drinking from the faucet. Which makes
>shaving really difficult.

>My last two cats used to look at a running faucet for about
>3 - 5 seconds - get bored then leave. Mr Gatsby seems obsessed
>with faucet water.

>Is there something about running sink water that he might be
>attracted to? I would think he would find drinking from a fresh
>bowl a lot easier to do.

>I really do not mind him doing this but i am wondering how
>sanitary this is. We do wash the sinks out but i have seen
>his tongue touch the part of the faucet where the water shoots
>out from. Should i break him of this habit? When there are
>dishes in the sink we do take him down but thats it.

 
 
 

Faucet water instead of water from the bowl

Post by Chelse » Sat, 15 Aug 1998 04:00:00


No, it is just fine to let them drink from the sink or the faucet.
Animals have a natural resistence that lets them eat and drink many
things that we just couldn't handle.  We could never eat a raw bird or
mouse without getting sick.  The water from the faucet won't hurt your
baby, even water from the toilet is o.k.(if it dosn't have one of those
chlorine tabs or cleaning devices in it)  My kittie LOVES the sink
water, he swats it, drinks it and watches it, and I think they like it
because mommie or daddy likes that water, and they want to be treated
the same, and they get extra attention at the faucets.  Just enjoy it,
and there is no need to worry
My kittie LOVES to watch the toilet flush, and watch the shower run. And
when I take a bath, he likes to sit on the edge, and have me cup my
hand, and grab some water and pet him with it.  Who ever said that cats
hate water??? Mine love it!
Chelsea
Quote:
>My new bundle of joy - Mr Gatsby has one weird habit. We put out
>fresh water for him regularly throughout the day but everytime
>we are around either the kitchen or bathroom sinks he will try
>drinking from the faucet instead.
>For example every morning when i shave he always jumps onto the
>bathroom sink and starts drinking from the faucet. Which makes
>shaving really difficult.
>My last two cats used to look at a running faucet for about
>3 - 5 seconds - get bored then leave. Mr Gatsby seems obsessed
>with faucet water.
>Is there something about running sink water that he might be
>attracted to? I would think he would find drinking from a fresh
>bowl a lot easier to do.
>I really do not mind him doing this but i am wondering how
>sanitary this is. We do wash the sinks out but i have seen
>his tongue touch the part of the faucet where the water shoots
>out from. Should i break him of this habit? When there are
>dishes in the sink we do take him down but thats it.