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post #1 of 23
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should I be buying distilled water for my kitties, especially my FLUTD cat? They have a water fountain, but should I buy them distilled? or some other type of water?
post #2 of 23
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Originally Posted by fosterkitty View Post
should I be buying distilled water for my kitties, especially my FLUTD cat? They have a water fountain, but should I buy them distilled? or some other type of water?
I use the filtered water from the fridge. (They like cool water, too.) But, most people do not change their filter every six months. I DO. I always want to give my cats the same, safe water that I drink.
post #3 of 23
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hehe, I assume my fridge has a filter, but I have never changed it...but we also don't use it. I refuse to drink water unless it comes from a bottle. Soo, that being said, I guess distilled water is the safest, because they add stuff to spring water and things like that, don't they?
post #4 of 23
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hehe, I assume my fridge has a filter, but I have never changed it...but we also don't use it. I refuse to drink water unless it comes from a bottle. Soo, that being said, I guess distilled water is the safest, because they add stuff to spring water and things like that, don't they?
Yes, you cannot go wrong with distilled water. (If you have lots of money, you could even use Evian.) I even put it in the radiator of my car (distilled) because it will not corrode like regular water.

BTW, I read an article about how many people are sick because they are not changing the filter in their fridge.
post #5 of 23
Distilled water is DEVOID of naturally occuring minerals thus the PH is changed ... Filtered water IS A FAR better choice ... Distilled could in theroy lead to mineral defciencys
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Distilled water is DEVOID of naturally occuring minerals thus the PH is changed ... Filtered water IS A FAR better choice ... Distilled could in theroy lead to mineral defciencys
That's what I was going to say. In my issue of Bird Talk magazine, they said (for birds at least) never used distilled water for that reason. Filtered, spring or tap (if it's good) is the best.
post #7 of 23
I only use distilled water in my steam iron. I wouldn't use it for the kitties. I do however buy bottled spring water for them as I just don't trust tap water.
post #8 of 23
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I only use distilled water in my steam iron. I wouldn't use it for the kitties. I do however buy bottled spring water for them as I just don't trust tap water.
Spring is great wish I could easily get it bottled here
post #9 of 23
We don't trust the water tap water (who knows how old the pipes are in apt bldgs). We get Poland Spring water delivered (I drink water faster than I can filter using those Pur/Brita filters) -- delivery is only a couple more cents per gallon than lugging bottles from the store, too.

Our two guys have a Petmate fountain and Catit fountain -- both have filters -- and we fill it with the Poland Spring water...so it's always nice and clean and cool for them!
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Distilled water is DEVOID of naturally occuring minerals thus the PH is changed ... Filtered water IS A FAR better choice ... Distilled could in theroy lead to mineral defciencys
I knew it was bad for reptiles and amphibians, that it can actually leech minerals from them. It makes sense that it would be true for every other animal too.

Not all bottled water is better. Every bottling company and public water supply is tested. In some cases tap water is better then some bottled. The main reason bottled water sells is because no one likes the chlorine taste that some tap has.
We have a cold water filter on the kitchen tap, and the filters are changed regularly. This way it can be used for drinking, cooking, and watering various animals and plants.
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by Persi & Alley View Post
Yes, you cannot go wrong with distilled water. (If you have lots of money, you could even use Evian.) I even put it in the radiator of my car (distilled) because it will not corrode like regular water.

BTW, I read an article about how many people are sick because they are not changing the filter in their fridge.
We don't use the water or ice maker in our fridge...never have, so I don't worry about getting sick.

Ok, so the general consensus is to get filtered water? No distilled? I thought spring water had minerals and things added to it that may or may not be great for cats, especially one with UTI's.
post #12 of 23
Google drinking distilled water.

It was a health fad years ago - and was the cause of death for some.
post #13 of 23
kitten only drinks volvic or evian if i cant get the former-In fact no kidding,she was the one that insisted.her water bowl would be full,she would mew and then kick over my water bottle waiting for the contents.I learnt to put the lid on(carpet getting spoilt)and she would knock the bottle over and wait for water to come out.when it didnt, the little angel would cry-hence she only gets bottled-hence her name of princess
post #14 of 23
It would never occur to me to drink distilled water, or give it to my cats. I used to use it for my plants (I don't even remember why).

I get bottled water for them and for me. I have a brita pitcher too, and a filtered fountain for them. The tap water is yucky.
post #15 of 23
I only drink distilled water, it is the best water you can put in your body and it does not leech minerals out of your body.[http://www.durastill.com/myths.html
Here is a link to the myths about it, and if you can find anything negative about drinking it, that is not posted by a water filtration sales page, please post it here. I would like to see it. I have been drinking primarily distilled water for over 20 years.

I Start out the morning with a big glass to cleanse my system. I imagine it would be great for the kitties, as well, but I am dumping and refilling the water dishes several times a day, as Fang only likes fresh,so it would be far too expensive. I buy it by the gallon at the grocery store.
post #16 of 23
I would be sensible and look at the content of your tap water. If you live in a hard water area, then I would not give that to cats, or drink it myself, as the calcium would be very bad for everyone. If you are in a soft water area, or actually have filtered spring water in the tap ( as I do, with some added chlorine), then it is as safe or safer than most bottled varieties.
post #17 of 23
Utah water is disgusting, so I give Moses water out of the fridge. (it has a filter.) I wont drink tap water because its so gross, so I don't think he should either.
post #18 of 23
We have fountains and use bottled purified water. We have good water here but the minerals collect on the fountain. It is so much easier to clean with the bottled water.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by gailuvscats View Post
I only drink distilled water, it is the best water you can put in your body and it does not leech minerals out of your body.[http://www.durastill.com/myths.html
Here is a link to the myths about it, and if you can find anything negative about drinking it, that is not posted by a water filtration sales page, please post it here. I would like to see it. I have been drinking primarily distilled water for over 20 years.

I Start out the morning with a big glass to cleanse my system. I imagine it would be great for the kitties, as well, but I am dumping and refilling the water dishes several times a day, as Fang only likes fresh,so it would be far too expensive. I buy it by the gallon at the grocery store.

I drink distilled water, too. This is also what my cats drink. I also make my coffee and tea with distilled water and I have been drinking it for many years, too.
post #20 of 23
I put only distilled water in my two drinkwell fountains. I had never even thought to do this but my vet said she did it for her cats so I thought it must be ok. She said they dont need any minerals from water because everything they need comes from their food. they seem to like it. It also makes it easier to clean the fountains because there are no mineral deposits. Before it was a real pain due to all the minerals.
post #21 of 23
i used distilled water when we had the bigger cat fountains. but i don't think the cats liked that very much. they drank more when i had regular water in the fountains. we have a Pur pitcher that i use for their water and little water fountain.

distilled water does keep fountains cleaner though.
post #22 of 23
I have a Culligan water pitcher with a filter in it. That is the water that Princess and I both drink and I change the filter every 2 months or so. She seems to like it.. and she just has a regular water bowl
post #23 of 23
I use distilled water for cooking, drinking, and for my Senseo coffee machine. Friends of mine that got me hooked on the Senseo recently had to throw theirs out because of mineral build up from tap water that was causing really low throughput (like half the amount it was supposed to dispense) and nasty mineral taste. They even tried cleaning the thing with vinegar several times but it didn't take long before it was stopped up again from mineral deposits with 3 adults drinking coffee several times a day.

That being said, my tap water isn't that horrible and I've never given the cats distilled water. Do you think the lack of flouride would be bad for their teeth with distilled water? Sometimes I buy myself the baby distilled water because it contains flouride but it is expensive at about $1.30 a gallon while regular distilled is about 65-85 cents a gallon.
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