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Why do cats like running water so much?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

cat-faucetA little while ago, my younger cat, Millie was giving me a warning. She was meowing and telling me to get off the darn computer and water the plants that are out on the terrace. Yes, she does this every night. When I water them, she drinks the water that drips down and loves to clean herself with the water. She also loves drinking the running water from the sink or bathtub. Why do cats like running water so much? ¬†One theory, is that it may be due to evolutionary process. Before humans kept cats as pets, they had to find their own source of water, they didn’t have a water bowl to drink from. Running water is much healthier and less stagnant than still water. The cats that preferred to drink running water may have survived longer and more of their genes may have gotten into the kitty genepool.

Another theory is that running water from the tap tastes better than water in the cat’s bowl. After all, would like to drink from a cup or a glass that’s been sitting around all day? In addition, running water is often colder than the water in the bowl.



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