Hi there, Maverick the clinic kitty here! I'm taking over the Brewer Vet Blog to bring you this very important lesson in hopes that this will encourage my staff - I mean, my friends, at Brewer Vet, to meet a very important demand of mine.
Recently, my friends noticed that I hadn't been drinking a whole lot of water from my bowl. One morning, I was up on the counter working incredibly hard, stealing pens and playing with important paperwork, when someone turned on what's called a "faucet" over the space called the "sink," and the coolest thing aside from me happened! This wiggly, mesmerizing stream of water came gushing out of the faucet and I immediately ran over to investigate. Next thing I knew, I was drinking water from the faucet like a champ, and now it's the only way I drink my water.
Have you ever wondered why so many of us cats only like to drink from running water rather than still water in a bowl? Aside from the fact that we have refined taste, it has to do with our eyes! Since we are animals of prey, our eyes pick up on movement far away from us, like those pesky birds that taunt us from the bird feeders outside. Our focal point, or point of conversion if you want to get really fancy about it, is farther out than non-prey animals.
As you may have guessed, cats have superhero eyes and are obviously better than a dog's in every way, but every superhero has a weakness. Because our focal point is farther away, we do have a harder time focusing on water that doesn't wiggle. If your kitty doesn't have the luxury of having you home at their beck and call to turn on the faucet for them, they sometimes might dip their paw in their water to create a ripple effect to make the water move. We can't see the water's surface if it doesn't move!
In conclusion to this very important and best blog post you'll ever read, if you don't let your kitty drink from the faucet or have a water bubbler available for them, you should! It wasn't very hard to train my staff to turn the water on for me - all I have to do is scream on the floor by the sink. Not only do they turn the faucet on for me, but they pick me up so I don't have to waste my precious energy to jump.
I've got tons of other great blog ideas for you, but writing this blog has made me absolutely parched. I've got a date with the faucet and the poor soul who has to pick me up and turn it on.