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post #1 of 19
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Is it bad or distasteful to feed cold water to cats? I always refill their water bowl with water from my brita pitcher cause i figure it's better to give them filtered water rather than tap. However, I usually grab my brita pitcher from the fridge because I like it cold (i know, i'm selfish). Will cats avoid this? They generally take it o.k., but i'm worried that they might be avoiding the water dish more often because the water is too cold. It's been hard for me to monitor their water intake cause cats drink so little as it is. Thanks in advance for the help.
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by andrewweilin
Is it bad or distasteful to feed cold water to cats? I always refill their water bowl with water from my brita pitcher cause i figure it's better to give them filtered water rather than tap. However, I usually grab my brita pitcher from the fridge because I like it cold (i know, i'm selfish). Will cats avoid this? They generally take it o.k., but i'm worried that they might be avoiding the water dish more often because the water is too cold. It's been hard for me to monitor their water intake cause cats drink so little as it is. Thanks in advance for the help.
Can you offer them two water sources, one from the Brita and one with more room temperature water? If they end up preferring the room temp water, you may want to invest in a kitty water fountain. Often the moving water encourages them to drink more (which is good for their kidneys and bladder), and the fountains include a filter.
post #3 of 19
Mine seem to love it cold. I always change their water twice a day because Sophie usually drinks with her paw and theres always several bits of litter at the bottom, but as soon as i've changed it they seems to drink more.

I always thought that it could give their tummies a chill, but mine don't seem affected?!.
post #4 of 19
I always give Harley cold water from the fridge - I give him bottled water that we buy at the store. I change it twice a day too, cuz he likes to drop food and other things in there sometimes too
post #5 of 19
I always refill Oliver's bowl with cold water (the one dish is a one gallon water cooler style - he's quite a clean drinker and the dishes is made of anti-microbial stuff).... he'll usually drink right away if he's right there when I'm filling... also, he HAS to drink out of mommy's (or whoever's!) water glass and that's always cold and filtered - I don't know if it's just cuz he's always gotta have what's not his (he ALWAYS checks out and cup or glass he sees - only samples if it's water or milk) or if it's cuz the water's cold.... I've never heard anything about cold and/or filtered water being bad for them... heck, we fill up my dog's water bowls with ice then cold water in the summer time and she will drink like she's been in the desert for a year!
post #6 of 19
Just a word of warning regarding Brita water and your cat. My last cat Cinnamon, a Flame Point Siamese, developed crystals in his urinary tract because he was given filtered water. Once I began giving him strictly tap water, he never had crystals again.
post #7 of 19
I give Pudge cold/warm water in the winter and cooler months, and cold water in the hotter months.
post #8 of 19
mine seem to prefer cold - Pixel loves for me to put ice cubes in her water!
post #9 of 19
My cat NEVER drinks water from his water bowl. It's always the fish pond which is like a stream and constantly moving (maybe it tastes of fish) or the running bath tap. But he wont drink the water properly until its cooled off a bit. I wish he would drink out of a bowl but he just refuses! lol he prefers it cold though.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Nemesis
My cat NEVER drinks water from his water bowl. It's always the fish pond which is like a stream and constantly moving (maybe it tastes of fish) or the running bath tap. But he wont drink the water properly until its cooled off a bit. I wish he would drink out of a bowl but he just refuses! lol he prefers it cold though.
Sounds like the attraction there is definitely the running water and not the fish taste.... try a cat fountain (if you havent already) and then maybe he'll drink out of his bowl (cant definitely say it will stop the fish pond and bathtub drinking though, haha)
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Sadie's Mom
Just a word of warning regarding Brita water and your cat. My last cat Cinnamon, a Flame Point Siamese, developed crystals in his urinary tract because he was given filtered water. Once I began giving him strictly tap water, he never had crystals again.
Did your vet tell you the crystals were caused by giving him Brita filtered water? I've been using Brita water for a couple of years and haven't had any problems.
post #12 of 19
Miss Kitty has asked me to put another vote up for the cold water. She loves it fresh from our home water cooler, and in the summer especially when I put ice in her bowl as well.

I don't know about filtered water, but she drinks more water in general when I use the Poland Spring water from the cooler as opposed to tap water (I'm on a water line, not a well).

MKD
post #13 of 19
My girlies enjoy their Drinkwell and glasses around the house filled with my Spring water in the fridge
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by Sadie's Mom
Just a word of warning regarding Brita water and your cat. My last cat Cinnamon, a Flame Point Siamese, developed crystals in his urinary tract because he was given filtered water. Once I began giving him strictly tap water, he never had crystals again.
I asked a vet in another forum about using Brita water and he said he never heard of Brita water causing any problems.
post #15 of 19
Shenandoah and Humble have always had ice in their water. That's 2 votes!
post #16 of 19
Midir and Etain both love cold spring water (I've noticed that they barely touch it when I use tap water ... but our tap water is nasty, I don't drink it either). We have a drinkwell fountain, Midir loves it, Etain is afraid of it. Once we move and have a bigger kitchen where I can keep the fountain and other water dish far away from each other, I'll use the fountain again. In the summer they love ice cubes in the water, and if there's a glass with condensation on it, you can bet they'll be there to lick it clean. They won't touch water that has been sitting out for more than half a day or that has food kibbles in it (thanks to Midir's fascination with dropping his dry food into the water dish then fishing it out and licking it off his paws).
post #17 of 19
My vet said my Siamese was the only cat she's ever seen who was affected by Brita water. So, I wouldn't worry about your cat.
post #18 of 19
cold filtered here
post #19 of 19
Kitters loves cold water and will demand to have new COLD COLD water in the middle of summer everytime me or daddy get a new glass for ourselves!! She's spoiled and gets it everytime too. However she does not really care for ice cubes in her dish.
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