As descendants of the wild cat, which lives in deserts and semi-deserts domestic cats have little need to drink. Usually the Fluid requirements covered with food (small mammals are made up of 60-70% water!), with dry food, however, almost all of the needs must be covered by drinking, to avoid bladder or kidney problems.

Prefer free range cats stale water, for example from rusty buckets or garden ponds, or running water, for example from a stream. To encourage domestic cats to drink, it is advisable to distribute several drinking options in the apartment. Like some cats running water preferably, the indoor fountains (not with distilled water) or the occasional access to the (slightly) open tap also offer the possibility to drink.

Most cats do not seem to shed water with their tongues, as has long been believed. A few years ago, researchers analyzed the recordings at high speed and found that by rapidly touching the surface of the water with the tip of the tongue, a Water column which the cat then bites. Other cats dip their paws in the water and then lick them, the cat Christa has collected the water on the edge of the bowl with her tongue, without having to lick it so quickly.

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