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I provide my cat with fresh water in its water bowl each day, yet it still drinks from the toilet. Why does he do this, and how can I get it to stop?

I provide my cat with fresh water in its water bowl each day, yet it still drinks from the toilet. Why does he do this, and how can I get it to stop?

BY: The Daily Cat experts

Some cats and dogs gravitate to “clean” water in the toilet bowl. Cats are genetically programmed to seek out new water sources, especially if they’re moving, so that’s one reason. Another is that the water could seem fresher than other options available to your cat. However, you’re right to be concerned.

According to the ASPCA, your pet could come down with bacterial-related gastrointestinal problems from drinking stagnant water out of the toilet. Waste and cleanser residues could also remain. Those discourage knowing individuals like you and your human guests from getting their gulps from the toilet!

Keep your toilet seat down. When you have guests, consider closing the bathroom door and putting a note on it about your cat. Be sure to provide fresh water in a clean bowl at all times for your cat. Beyond that, I also recommend buying a water fountain for your feline. Pet stores sell these just for cats, which are attracted to the flow. The movement additionally helps to keep the water aerated and free from bacteria, making the water taste better to your cat.


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