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What Type of Water Do You Give Your Cat?

post #1 of 50
Thread Starter 

I am curious as to what type of water the people on this site use for their cat--tap water? bottled water? filtered water?

 

My kitty has a UTI last year, so I use filtered water in her bowl. I would use bottled, but since I started her on 100% wet with bottled water added, she doesn't drink from her bowl--at least not that I can see.

post #2 of 50

Filtered tap water.

 

And this is a good question! Dr. Hofve has this to say about water: Water Water Everywhere, but What’s a Cat to Drink?

 

AC

post #3 of 50

Filtered tap in filtered fountains. Mine also drink less now with an all wet diet.

 

Good article!
 

post #4 of 50

Bottled, my well puts out a lot of iron.

post #5 of 50

Filtered, from the dispenser in the fridge.

post #6 of 50

Brita filtered tap water, same as we drink.

post #7 of 50
Filtered from the tap in the kitchen. I have Pur water filter on the faucet. We are getting ready to purchase water softener and a reverse osmosis drinking water system within a few weeks. Our water through the county is too bad to drink.
post #8 of 50
Tap water. But they prefer the water in my fish tank. That has a water treater to make tap safe for fish. So I assume it would be better actually. My girls are weird in that they dip their paws in and lock their paws. Abigail will drink from the toilet if my dad forget to put the top down and she'll drink from the sink.when I buy myself voss they get some.
post #9 of 50

Water from the Pur filter on the faucet. Angel has had his share of UTI's & crystals!  He Finally just got his first all clear urinalysis from the Vet

a couple of days ago. We have been dealing w/ it sense Christmas, so ONLY filtered water for him!! I also always mix water in his wet food, &

because of that, I never see him drink from his water bowl either, but I always keep it there & fresh just, in case. wink.gif

post #10 of 50

The cats only get bottled water. We have a lot of iron and such in our well, so even though we do have a water softener and a reverse osmosis system for the water, I'd rather see the cats drink bottled water. I don't want to take any chances with UTIs and other problems.

post #11 of 50

I give them bottled water.  I don't like the tap water to drink, so I can't see giving it to my cats either.

post #12 of 50
We have good water here but since my husband and I drink bottled water, we figure the kitties are like our kids and deserve the best. So..bottled water.
post #13 of 50

I give all three of my cats Brita-flitered tap water. Same as what I use in tea, coffee, cooking, etc.

 

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post #14 of 50

I don't trust tap water, plus I don't want to let them drink flouride,

so I only give them Deer Park - same thing I drink.  rub.gif

post #15 of 50
Brita filter, same as I drink.
Quote:
Originally Posted by SevenWonders View Post

I don't trust tap water, plus I don't want to let them drink flouride,
so I only give them Deer Park - same thing I drink.  rub.gif

In another forum I belong to, I've read where people were giving nursery water because of providing flouride. Is there a definite consensus on this?
post #16 of 50

Tap water filtered through a Brita pitcher -- exactly the same stuff I drink.  

post #17 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by peaches08 View Post

Brita filter, same as I drink.
In another forum I belong to, I've read where people were giving nursery water because of providing flouride. Is there a definite consensus on this?

 

I have not personally conducted any scientific studies,   catman.gif

but if you search "Fluoride bad for cats" or similar, you will see many articles talking about risks for kidneys, bladder, stomach, thyroid, and many other potential problems

that can arise when cats get too much fluoride. Seems that they get plenty from "meals" and other meat based ingredients that contain bone.

Reportedly. the flouride that the chickens, etc... have consumed is passed through to the Kitties through the bones.

 

Additionally, I saw one article at Feline-Nutrition.org that stated that "Brita-type filters do not remove fluoride"   dontknow.gif

and municipal water sources are notorious for adding more fluoride than we need.

 

After I lost one of my Babies to cancer a few years ago, I became much more serious about Feline Nutrition and one of the books I purchased

mentioned that flouride was bad for them. (Dr Pitcairn's or Dr Pierson's I expect.) So, I researched bottled water and found that Deer Park is one

of the more consistent and pure brands out there, it has less fluoride than many others,

and it is affordable when you buy the 3 Liter bottles on sale (often around 50 cents) so we have been drinking it ever since.

 

Please recycle the bottles!     highfive.gif  

post #18 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by SevenWonders View Post

 

I have not personally conducted any scientific studies,   catman.gif

but if you search "Fluoride bad for cats" or similar, you will see many articles talking about risks for kidneys, bladder, stomach, thyroid, and many other potential problems

that can arise when cats get too much fluoride. Seems that they get plenty from "meals" and other meat based ingredients that contain bone.

Reportedly. the flouride that the chickens, etc... have consumed is passed through to the Kitties through the bones.

 

Additionally, I saw one article at Feline-Nutrition.org that stated that "Brita-type filters do not remove fluoride"   dontknow.gif

and municipal water sources are notorious for adding more fluoride than we need.

 

After I lost one of my Babies to cancer a few years ago, I became much more serious about Feline Nutrition and one of the books I purchased

mentioned that flouride was bad for them. (Dr Pitcairn's or Dr Pierson's I expect.) So, I researched bottled water and found that Deer Park is one

of the more consistent and pure brands out there, it has less fluoride than many others,

and it is affordable when you buy the 3 Liter bottles on sale (often around 50 cents) so we have been drinking it ever since.

 

Please recycle the bottles!     highfive.gif  

 

yeah.gif  I don't like flouride for cats or people.

post #19 of 50

My cats have a fountain with a charcoal filter in it. They love to drink the moving water and will wait after I clean it for allof the new water to go throught the filter. They also have some regular bowls with just tap water in them. They will drink out of them but usually wait until the water is a day or so old. I guess they're waiting for whatever's in the tap water to settle out.

post #20 of 50

Filtered tap water. We have a fountain for both our cats and they definitely drink more water from it than when they had a regular bowl with tap water.

post #21 of 50

Tap water for myself and all of my creatures.  Often times it has been Brita filtered, but not always.

 

I cringe to think about the number of bottles that must be gone through.  Y'all had best be recycling!!
 

post #22 of 50

The cats at work and home get tap water filtered through a Brita filter, and there are Drinkwell fountains with filters at both home & work.  For most of their life the work cats drank bottled water because the water at our previous office was very suspect.  I never drank the stuff myself so I wouldn't give it to the cats.  When our office moved last year we had much better water so I got a Brita pitcher for work. 

 

One of the cats at work has been having issues and she's been drinking a lot more, so I now also put out two stainless steel bowls with the filtered water in addition to the Drinkwell fountain.  She really likes the water best when I change it in the morning, and fill the bowls with cold water from the pitcher in the fridge.
 

post #23 of 50

Filtered tap or room temp tap... I live in a area with NO chlorine or fluoride in water ;) ....  For those worried about fluoride look up Berkley water filters they are one of the few that has a fluoride removal filter ... Mine like the fish water too , fish poo is nutritious for plants ;)

post #24 of 50

Mine are on all canned and also don't drink alot of water from their bowl, which is tap water. We have very good water here in our area (Bay area in CA) however fluoride IS added.

I guess I should be more conscious of this.....shoot. Always something :\

post #25 of 50
We have a water softening in the house. Also a separate for our drinking water which is reverse osmosis.
post #26 of 50

 I give my kitties well water from the sink but they don't drink much since they eat wet food.

post #27 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by carebearbaby1 View Post
 

My cats have a fountain with a charcoal filter in it. They love to drink the moving water and will wait after I clean it for allof the new water to go throught the filter. They also have some regular bowls with just tap water in them. They will drink out of them but usually wait until the water is a day or so old. I guess they're waiting for whatever's in the tap water to settle out.

Miki has this too. She will only drink moving water. For Calida and Merida, they appear to like ice-cold still water from my Brita filter.

post #28 of 50
My cats get the same water I drink so tap water or bottled water, our water is okay it does have fluoride in it which I didn't know was bad for cats but I've been wanting to get them a filtered water fountain drinker for them which I think they will really love as they enjoy drinking from a dripping tap or jumping in the shower after it's turned off and watching the water go down the drain my girl trinity also likes to drink out of cups, but any oppions on affordable water filtered water found would be appreciated I want the best for my babies
post #29 of 50

Same as me, water from the PUR faucet filter only!  Because he only eats canned RX food from having cystitis, I also add water to his food, so he never drinks from is bowl, even though I keep some fresh water in it, Just in case he wants any.

post #30 of 50

I give my girl tap water. Is that a problem? The water in my area is pretty good, only it has flouride in it. I do have a filter, so would filter water be better for her? Even though she gets an all wet diet, she still drinks a fair amount of water (just got back from the vet with a perfect, clean, 100% approval bill of health!)... 

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