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observe their cats drinking from
a bowl or a water fountain, and
they shouldn’t be alarmed. This is
because their cats are consuming
much of their daily water requirements from their diet.
Catster: Any ideas to jazz up
water sources for our cats, espe-
cially if their primary food source
is kibble and not canned food?
Dr. Ward: Many cats seem to
prefer fresh, running water from a
pet drinking fountain or circulat-
ing water bowl. While it’s unclear
why many felines prefer bubbly
water, one theory is that running
water signals safety. Cats may have
evolved with a preference for
running water because still,
stagnant water can har-
bor infectious parasites,
fungi, and bacteria.
Catster: Any tips on the
best type of water bowl to
provide for our cats?
Dr. Ward: Most veterinarians
recommend using stainless steel
or ceramic food and water bowls
for cats instead of those made of
plastic. Some cats are sensitive to
plastic and can develop skin aller-
gies over time. Other concerns are
that volatile compounds contained
within the plastic may leech into
food or water, causing potential
harm. If you use plastic bowls,
make sure they are BPA free.
Happy on the inside, and it shows.
“Many cats seem to prefer fresh, running water from
a pet drinking fountain or circulating water bowl.”
– Ernie Ward, D.V.M., America’s Pet Advocate