If you're a cat lover, then you know how entertaining it can be to watch these curious creatures explore the world around them. We recently had the pleasure of pet sitting two adorable kittens named Yadi and Berta, and they were an absolute delight.
Yadi and Berta were both full of energy and always on the move, but one of their favourite activities was drinking water from the tap. As soon as we turned on the faucet, they would come running from wherever they were and start lapping up the water with their tiny tongues.
Watching them drink was both hilarious and heartwarming, as they would sometimes get so excited that they would end up getting water all over themselves.
This may seem strange or even unsanitary, but it's actually quite common among felines.
While it may be tempting to try to break them of this behaviour, it's important to understand why they do it in the first place.
Cats are instinctively drawn to running water, as it is often cleaner and fresher than still water. In the wild, this instinct helps them avoid stagnant water sources that may be contaminated. In the case of Yadi and Berta, the tap provides a source of fresh, running water that is likely more appealing to them than the still water in their bowl.
While it's important to make sure your pets have access to clean water, drinking from the tap can pose some risks. Cats who drink exclusively from the tap may not be getting enough water, as they may not be drinking from their bowl as much.
So what can you do to keep your pets safe while still satisfying their desire for running water? One option is to invest in a cat water fountain, which provides a continuous flow of fresh, filtered water that is appealing to cats. You can also try leaving multiple bowls of fresh water around the house, as cats may prefer to drink from different sources throughout the day.
Ultimately, it's important to observe your pets' behaviour and make adjustments as needed to ensure they are staying hydrated and healthy. While drinking from the tap may seem odd or even unsanitary to us, it's just another quirky behaviour that makes our feline friends so unique and loveable.