Does Your Cat Love Water?


One afternoon, several years ago my cat Captain Jack Sparrow was with me in my backyard. He strolled up to a glazed flower pot saucer filled with water and started drinking. The saucer was perched upon a concrete stepping stone at the corner of my patio.

Birds took baths in the water, squirrels drank the water and so did Jack.

I joked with him that the water must have tasted like birdie feet, thus his attraction to it. He would walk away proudly with drops of water hanging from his chin fur.

Jack was happy drinking like a lion in the wild. Because that saucer of water pleased him, I kept it filled with clean water for when he joined me in the yard.

Jack carried on over the years with an increased love of water, from drinking it to standing in it.

Does Your Cat Love Water?
Jack waiting for a drink in the shower.

I moved into a smaller home with a little fenced-in yard that I planted border gardens around. Four glazed saucers now offer water in the gardens and are perched upon flower pots. This makes the saucers chin height to Jack who loves to stand and drink from them at his leisure.

Likewise, in my kitchen, I placed a red glazed saucer on a yellow flower pot and I kept it full to the rim with bottled water. Jack and my other two cats drank from it often.

Now I have a bubbling pet fountain that circulates bottled water and provides an adjustable water stream height.

When I run an oscillating sprinkler on the gardens, Jack will intentionally walk under the water drops and lick them from his fur.

When rain falls, he stands on an ottoman by a window above my porch and meows. He desires to walk on the roof in the rain, trotting across the shingles to the gutter to drink, and licking water from his fur.

When I open the refrigerator and pop the top from a gallon jug of bottled water, Jack hears it, hurries to the kitchen and stands beside me waiting for a drink.

A glass full of cold water isn’t the only beverage Jack finds appealing. He also loves juice or iced tea. He will find me seated somewhere in the house and climb up to the drinking vessel. He plunges his whole head inside of the glass to reach the liquid with his tongue.

Does Your Cat Love Water?
Jack after a shower.

Jack’s obsession with drinking initially alarmed me that he could have a health issue, like diabetes. Blood tests, however, show that he is well.

Cats often have a low thirst drive, which can lead to dehydration and urinary tract issues. Cat owners sometimes find it challenging to attract their pet to water sources and get them to drink.

Thankfully this isn’t an issue for Jack. My veterinarian told me to give him as much water as he wants, however, he wants it.

You can imagine my wide eyes when he started popping up behind me in my bathtub while I took a shower. He would meow at me, soak his fur and hop back out of the tub.

I now have a walk-in shower. Jack used to stand in the shower and meow until I turned on the water. I would turn on the showerhead and he would bite at the water drops as they sprinkled over him.

Now I leave the detachable showerhead dangling and it hovers just above his head. I let the water trickle so he has access to it as he desires.

I smile over the love Jack has for water and the name I gave him which fits his personality.

I originally named him Sparrow because he was found under a bush as a kitten and was mesmerized by a flock of sparrows in the branches above him. His name morphed into Captain Jack Sparrow because I loved the character in Pirates of the Caribbean movies. My feline Jack also displays Captain Jack’s suave and funny personality.

Just as Captain Jack Sparrow stood at the bow of a ship, sporting a smile with salty sea mist in his face, my Jack runs to lawn sprinklers, a trickling shower head and the porch roof when it rains.

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6 thoughts on “Does Your Cat Love Water?”

  1. Kibble is an inappropriate food for cats. Cats do not have a natural thirst drive and are designed to get their water from their food. If a cat is frequenting his water bowl he is at least 2% dehydrated. Raw and/or wet food more closely resembles a cats natural diet. This info is available in Dr Lisa Pierson’s web site, Cat info.Org.

  2. I love to watch my (fixed) feral colony gather around the big water bucket I put out for them.
    Sometimes the younger ones play in it, splashing each other.

  3. I have a cat, Natasha, who also loves water. She will go into the shower, once I’m out, and walk around and drink all the water that’s still there. She will stick her front paws into her drinking fountain and lick them and splash water everywhere, like a bird taking a bath.

    She too is healthy, but loves her water. And that’s good because I cannot get her to eat wet food. She only eats dry kibble, so the more she drinks the better.

    It’s fun to watch her play with water.

  4. Two of my three cats love jumping up on the bathroom vanity and drinking from the tap there. Their main water supply is a fountain bowl near their food, which I fill with filtered water (I would never waste money or the environment on bottled water for anyone).

    My cat Bhelpuri also waits for me to get out of the shower and licks the water off my feet and lower legs. She doesn’t seem to mind getting dripped on while I’m trying to dry myself!

    1. Please note that bottled water is essential when you have bad water quality at your home. My water is very hard and leaves tremendous residue on everything. I know others who have pets that have dealt with health issues because of this. Thus, I give mine bottled water primarily when in the house. I also drink it. I recycle the bottles. No guilt here for me.

  5. Sugar, our rescue cat, has been getting 1/2 of a 3 oz can of Fancy Feast Cat food on Saturday and the other 1/2 on Sunday. I read somewhere that putting water mixed with the food will give them additional water without them really even noticing it. I make the water warm so it mimics gravy and she will eat it all up in nothing flat. I give her treats in the morning (Monday-Friday) after I get the paper and right after that, she usually goes to her water bowl. I’ve seen her go to her water bowl during the middle of the day also. I think this has helped her out a lot in getting extra water in her system.

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