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July 30, 2012 at 4:36 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Is It Safe For Cats to Drink from the Toilet?

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

A cat drinking out of the toilet was a normal sight when I was growing up. My mom and dad were aware of their feline's fascination with the toilet bowl and tried to shoo her away from it and to prevent her, they made sure bathroom doors were closed regularly as well.

Every once in awhile though, we’d leave a door open and Nika would sneak in and quickly savor that toilet-flavored water. :p

3 Reasons Cats Like To Drink Toilet Water

cat drinking from toilet#1. It’s Fresher. Water there is almost always fresher than in their water bowls. A toilet is flushed more often per day, than their water bowl normally is.

#2. Animals are naturally drawn to cold, running water. What a better way to attain this, then to drink some toilet water!? ;) If they want a cool, refreshing taste – the toilet bowl is the easiest way to get it.

#3. It’s Instinct. This may sound strange, but a survival technique is to drink from running water vs. stagnant water. In the wild, water that has settled can develop algae or bacteria –not good for cats to drink. That’s why they go the safe route and normally drink from streams.

Is Toilet Water Safe for Cats to Drink?

As long as there are no drop in the bowl cleaners in the toilet water, it’s okay for cats to drink, according to Dr. Marty Becker. But let's face it, a toilet bowl that doesn't see cleaners? GROSS. At least, there are certainly BETTER running water alternatives to toilet-drinking.

Some pet water bowls have a built-in fountain that constantly moves the water. This makes the cats water bowl more appealing to them.


Photo Credit: Gordon Flood, onnola

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