Mews and Nips: Why Do Cats Insist on Drinking Out of the Sink?


Do your cats have have strange drinking habits? Ruby has a pretty elaborate ritual before she starts to take a drink of water. First, she sticks one paw into her water bowl and flings some water out of the bowl. Then she repeats the same thing with her other paw. Then she’ll lick her paws. It’s only after she’s apparently satisfied herself that yes, there is indeed water in her bowl (and after she has made a big mess all around her bowl) that she will settle down and take a nice long drink of water.

In her article “Why does your cat insist on drinking out of the sink?,” Sarah Bunting explores various theories about why some cats have such odd drinking habits. Dr. Cathy Alinovi of the Hoofstock Veterinary Service thinks that the reason cats like to drink from a faucet may have to do with the water’s freshness, since fresh water “is cooler than that which sat out on the counter all day.” I also enjoyed Steve Dale’s theory that “cats are far-sighted. They need bifocals because they can’t see up close.” They may not love getting their paws wet, but dabbing the water “might help Kitty to gauge the water level” without getting any up her nose. That would certainly explain Ruby’s strange ritual! Read the full article on Shine from Yahoo.


I’m intrigued with the concept of therapy cats (and will be featuring one here on The Conscious Cat soon), so I loved the story about Jessi-Cat, a beautiful cream-colored Birman who helped unlock a young boy’s selective mutism. Life with Cats reports that even though the boy struggles to communicate with people, he talks to Jessi-Cat. Read the full story and watch a heart-touching video on


I first reported on the AVMA’s proposed vote to create a policy to “discourage the feeding to cats and dogs of any animal source protein that has not first been subjected to a process to eliminate pathogens because of the risk of illness to cats and dogs as well as humans” last week. Dr. Karen Becker of Mercola Pets sheds some more light on the story and uncovers a not so surprising connection between the proposed vote and a major pet food manufacturer. If you feel the AVMA’s proposed policy against raw feeding  has the potential to negatively affect the health of your pet or your freedom  to choose how to feed your pets, let your voice be heard before the  August vote. Visit Mercola Pets for Dr. Becker’s complete article and contact information for the AVMA.

Today’s video cracked me up. Apparently, the dog in the video is trained to carry home the family’s cat!


Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of cat drinking from faucet Flickr Creative Commons, photo of Jessi-Cat by Paul Maven Photography from Life with Cats, photo of cat eating  Jan-Erik Finnberg, Flickr Creative Commons

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7 Comments on Mews and Nips: Why Do Cats Insist on Drinking Out of the Sink?

  1. Bopeeps
    July 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm (7 years ago)

    Ruby’s ritual is too funny.

  2. Bernadette
    July 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm (7 years ago)

    Oh, the little drinking games around here! But I do presume that most have to do with finding the freshest water, and with cats’ vision–since water is clear, it’s hard to see. The one that’s still a mystery is why cats dig around the water bowl, even while they are drinking–a sort of kneading response?

    I talked to my cat when I had a difficult time talking to humans.

    And I’m sold on raw diets, I don’t care who influences the AVMA and their statements, I’m very disappointed, but not surprised..

    • Ingrid
      July 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm (7 years ago)

      Maybe the digging around the water bowl is the same as digging around a partially empty food bowl, which I believe is their way of “burying” the food?

  3. Deb Barnes - Zee and
    July 28, 2012 at 9:15 am (7 years ago)

    I am always fascinated by the unique habits of cats – with my seven, all of them have different watering habits, ranging from simple bowl drinking, to those with paw washing rituals!!

    That video was amazing and that dog deserves a medal for it’s determination!!

    • Ingrid
      July 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm (7 years ago)

      You’re right about the dog, Deb!

  4. Connie
    July 28, 2012 at 9:07 am (7 years ago)

    The AVMA proposal sounds like a good thing when you don’t understand what it is actually doing. It is something they’ve been doing with human food for a long time now. When food processors decided that it is easier to process quickly and let bad pathogens into the mix some of the consumers suffer. Generally those with immune compromised systems. So instead of working to make the system cleaner, they just want to kill the pathogens and they don’t consider what else will happen. If it is killing the pathogen, what else is it doing.

    • Ingrid
      July 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm (7 years ago)

      Most raw feeders are very well educated, Connie, and for the AVMA to categorically condemn raw food as “dangerous” just makes no sense.


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