Cats do not like drinking water and eating at the same place

Cats do not like drinking water and eating at the same place

Have you ever noticed that your puss often refuses to drink water from a bowl, but prefers to do so from a tap or from a glass left on a table or even from a lavatory pan? Such behavior is not accidental: domestic cats are predators and still possess a lot of wild-life instincts!

In the wild predators normally do not drink water from any reservoirs near the place they eat or have just hunted successfully because the water may be contaminated by a corpse of a dead animal.

The same behavior pattern can be observed among domestic cats: if a water bowl is quite close to a bowl with food they will either drink reluctantly or refuse to drink at all.

The direct ancestor of our cats was a prairie cat ( Felis silvestris lybica) that still lives in North Africa. Though there are a lot of genetic differences between the two species now, domestic kitties still behave as if they lived in the middle of a hostile prairie or desert.


As a rule, cats drink little: life in a desert taught them not to waste precious liquid. That's why their kidneys extract almost all water from urine making it extremely concentrated and odorous. More than that, cats can drink even salty sea water which is absolutely impossible for a human.

Another example of cats' oddity is a flurry of their activity at inappropriate time – in the late evening or before dusk. The reason for this is quite trivial – wild cats preferred hunting at twilight and sleeping during the daytime. When the sun was shining brightly it was very hot to run across a desert and difficult to hide from other stronger predators, whereas at dawn or dusk cats could be almost invisible for both victims and enemies.

So, many of cats' strange habits are adaptive mechanisms that helped kitties survive throughout several million years of evolution without a man until they were domesticated.

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25 Comments
Michael Broderick
My Kitty Drinks From a Bowl.
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Aug 21, 2015 9:08PM
Kathleen M Cook
Kathleen M Cook
That's very interesting. It makes sense.
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Aug 21, 2015 9:09PM
Kathy Deringer
Very interesting
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Aug 22, 2015 1:25AM
Shawn Edwards
Shawn Edwards
Make sense now why my cat don't drink out of his water bowl that often.he drinks out of the toilet because I keep his water and food bowl together... 8 need to change that right away
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Aug 22, 2015 2:52AM
Dianna Allard
Dianna Allard
This was definitely very interesting, and does make a lot of sence. Just as a side note, I had a dog who was 1/2 dingo and 1/2 Australian Shepherd who would not drink without first putting her foot in the bowl. Maybe for similar reasoning.
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Aug 22, 2015 10:16PM
Scott Golemon
Somtheyething else, when you call your cat and they just look at you, thet are realy saying I hear you, i'l come in a moment
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Aug 22, 2015 10:19PM
Jonny C. Psy.D
My cat puts his paw in before drinking too. I've always thought it was to check the temperature...
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Aug 23, 2015 6:18PM
Barrie Mclean
Barrie Mclean
Our moggy lived for 22 years and would not never drink water from the tap but liked drinking rain water no matter how dirty the rain puddle looked.
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Aug 25, 2015 12:32PM
Barbara M Bentley
Barbara M Bentley
My Cat Horatio Drinks Water from Our Bull Dog Ricky's Water Bowl :-)
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Aug 27, 2015 2:18PM
Cheryl Cappello Globokar
Cheryl Cappello Globokar
Wow this explains it, how interesting!
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Aug 28, 2015 11:22PM
Ajay Patel
Ajay Patel
My cat loved to drink from faucet instead of bowl next to her food. Now I know why. Thank you for the knowledge.
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Sep 18, 2015 7:36AM
Ivonne Michel
Ivonne Michel
I love cats. I will have to get One to see the Water bit..
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Sep 24, 2015 4:34AM
Gayle Evans
Gayle Evans
James, I love Maine coins, they are so big & look like tigers. But I prefer indoor kitties. I currently have a blue himi, a big ol love bug.
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Jun 2, 2016 2:29AM
Bill Coe
More like, I hear you, I'll come when (or if) I feel like it.
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Jun 12, 2016 3:09AM
Jack Kircher
Jack Kircher
Statement is bogus. Cats will drink water and DO like familiar surroundings! If you move their litter box, they will return to the its usual place and are confused when they don't find it there. Doubt it? Test it! I've seen a cat drinking water right from the tap!
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Jul 15, 2016 10:55AM

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