Cats have a low thirst drive by nature. This served them well in their early days as desert animals. Most of their liquid needs were met through their prey – blood and water and moist meats. Today, with too many cats eating subpar and inappropriate diets, the lack of proper fluid intake can cause chronic dehydration resulting in a myriad of health issues. They need water.
Some cats are happy to drink out of a clean bowl with fresh water supplied at least once or preferably twice a day. Other harder-to-please cats can only be prompted to drink out of special pet fountains with running water. This is not unusual, as most cats prefer their water to be cool and fresh. Running water is naturally most appealing to them.
But what if you have a cat that will only drink from a running faucet or from droplets left in the sink? For these stubborn kitties there is a great product called the Sink Drink.
It is basically a bowl that attaches to the faucet. What it does is provide a landing for running water so that your kitty can get a proper drink of water, rather than a face full of running water.
When the tap is turned on, the eight-ounce bowl fills. Your cat can watch the whole process.
Now, I am not one to recommend plastic bowls for cats (or dogs). Plastic can harbor bacteria, which can be ingested. Bacteria can easily be transferred to the digestive tract and take root. In addition, bacteria from plastic bowls can cause acne on a cat’s chin. However, encouraging a cat to drink water is a priority and if the Sink Drink can make this happen, wonderful.
Please keep in mind that the Sink Drink should not be your cat’s only source of water. Keep trying to find ways to encourage him to drink from bowls by placing more around the house. Add ice cubes to keep them interesting and cold, or a little tuna juice to entice him.
It is up to you to properly wash and dry the Sink Drink bowl daily. Just remember to rinse soap out very well, as it can adhere to plastic and make fresh water soapy. Your cat will not appreciate this.
There is the question about the quality of the water. If your tap water is high in metals, fluoride and chlorine, you may want to fill the Sink Drink with purified water. If your cat is watching, just fill it slowly to mimic the flow of the tap.
If you have a full-home filtration system or an under the counter water purifier, your cat wins!
The Sink Drink retails between $14 and $17. It is available online at The Cat Connection, Amazon.com and several other sites. A list of brick and mortar stores is listed by state on Sinkdrink.com.
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