Have you noticed your cat drinking from the toilet? Even when cats have better options, they may still prefer to drink toilet water – and that can be harmful to your furry friend.
Although you may provide a bowl filled with drinking water, your cat might still turn up her nose. The water itself in a toilet is clean, but there are other things you should be aware of. First, there are many microorganisms in a toilet bowl that are not especially healthy for cats. Plus, cleansing agents such as bleach or commercial cleaning solutions can be quite toxic to your pet.
Looking at things from your cat’s perspective
Your cat may develop the habit of drinking from the toilet because they think it’s fun. Toilet water is an appealing form of hydration for cats.
- The porcelain bowl will keep the water cool, and cats enjoy drinking water that is constantly changing.
- Regular flushing creates oxygenation, freshening up the water supply. Water in a regular water bowl may have been sitting there for a while and you cat might think it tastes stale. The water in the toilet may have more oxygen in it from recent flushing, making it taste fresher.
Is there a way to make my cat stop drinking from the toilet?
Yes – there are a few strategies to prevent your cat from drinking out of the toilet.
Multiple drinking areas: Place 3 water bowls in different places around your home. Make sure you keep drinking water as far from your cat’s feeding area as possible. Do not place the water bowls next to food trays, in corners or near toilets.
Invest in a water fountain: If you are usually busy, then choosing a quality pet water fountain is also a time-saving and worry-free method. Cats will drink water they believe is safe, but as a pet owner, you should guarantee that a fountain can supply hygienic water.
One such option is the CatCare UF water fountain. The CatCare UF water fountain’s unique external filter prevents the secondary pollution of the water source from impurities such as hair, algae, sediment, Escherichia coli and other bacteria. Common pet’s digestive diseases, such as vomiting, are caused by Escherichia coli with a germ size of 0.5 micrometers. The CatCare Ultrafiltration Technology can effectively remove any germ larger than 0.1 micrometers to guarantee pet’s health. Plus, compared with most activated carbon filters, the CatCare UF water fountain’s filter is external. Most activated carbon filters are placed inside the fountain and soak in water, making it an easy habitat for bacteria to grow.
The CatCare UF water fountain stands can provide your furry feline with the freshest of water, so she stays away from the toilet, leaving you with peace of mind!
Dr. Robinson is a Pet Behavioral and Health counselor. He spent nine years as Director of Veterinary Consulting and Technical Support at DogCare Inc. With a mission to help connect the human and animal bond, he integrates his long-term observation and cognition of animals into product development. His work has helped pet owners dig deep into the needs of countless dogs and cats to help people and animals live in harmony.