TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Behavior › Cat only drinks from plant dish
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Cat only drinks from plant dish

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hello,

I'm new to the forum's, just been reading alot and learning lots I didn't know.

Anyways, does anyone know why my new cat ( 2 yrs old, adopted ) will not drink from his dish right beside his food dish, but drinks from the bottom of a specific plant dish that overflows?

I seem to have to keep watering this plant so he will drink from it

Pls help me teach him to drink from his dish....

Thanks
post #2 of 12
Maybe when growing up that is the way he got used to drinking water. Or like some cats, they prefer to drink from flowing water.
How often do you change the water in his dish? His drinking water should always be clean.
post #3 of 12
Maybe try a different dish for his water, I highly recommend stopping him from drinking water filtered through a plant pot..............can't be healthy
post #4 of 12
At least he is getting lots of vitamins and minerals... lol
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
No, after i discovered he drank from it i just pour the water directly into the small "overfill" dish under the plants pot..... so its fresh and didnt go through the soil...

maybe it's becasue his water bowl is red ? doesnt seem to stop him from the food but maybe he just wants a black dish... ( like the plant dish )

is this common ? do cats not like certain colours ?
post #6 of 12
Mine try to do it too. It's not the particular dish at all, they just have to taste it. Kind of like how they just have to attempt to shove their heads in my cup when I'm not paying attention.

Definately don't let him do that, were he to actually drink the water filtered through the soil after a future watering it could make him sick - most potting soil mixes have fertilizers added to them. Cover the dish somehow or put the plant up out of his reach.

You could always add another water dish for him in that room too.
post #7 of 12
Hi,
I think it's a habit he seems to have picked up.my Nacho drinks from a mug.
post #8 of 12
I'd just keep trying a variety of dishes. Put them near the plant and see if he decided that he likes another one of them.

He may not like the current location of his water dish either. So, that one may be fine...it's just in the wrong spot.

My Kitty always went through different glasses/bowls as the current favorite. She used to LOVE this big mug I had...but after a while...she abandoned it for a favorite glass. Who knows what makes their little minds work...
post #9 of 12
when bea was younger she would only drink water from this little pink bowl and it had to be next to the bathroom sink.
who knows...
she did eventually grow out of it though...
at any rate, why not try a kitty fountain? you can get them pretty cheap these days. Most cats like to drink from running water...
post #10 of 12
Some kinds of plastic leach flavor into the water. If you've ever gotten a cheap plastic pitcher you know the kind of tastes I mean. Yick!

Others don't like metal bowls because the reflection makes them feel observed or skittish. Deep bowls means they have to put their face in them and they don't like that either, except mine love their glass mug that we make a fuss over refilling and put under a chair in the living room.

Until they can explain why that won't do, we just have to keep trying.
post #11 of 12
Hi
My 3 cats drink from a pint glass in the bathroom! They always have. I think it started from having a pint of water beside the bed.
post #12 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by yayi View Post
Maybe when growing up that is the way he got used to drinking water. Or like some cats, they prefer to drink from flowing water.
How often do you change the water in his dish? His drinking water should always be clean.
I would agree with Yayi, it sounds like your kitty wants fresh water. Have you thought about purchasing a pet fountain like a Drinkwell?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cat Behavior
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Behavior › Cat only drinks from plant dish