Most kitties have some kind of weird cat behaviors that they will perform from time to time. I had a cat that loved freshwater.
I know not that strange of a thing, but it was an extreme love affair. Whenever I would refill and clean the water bowl she would come right over give it a few sniffs and start drinking, thirsty or not.
After that first drink out of the water bowl She would not return until the bowl was clean and refilled again.
My cat began to study and analyze my behavior when it came time for cleaning and refilling her bowl.
She realized that her freshwater was coming out of a chrome-plated faucet.
At this point, she decided to cut out the middleman (the bowl) and head directly for the water source. In my cat’s opinion the fresh water tasted and smelled better I’m guessing.
Cats Drinking Out of Faucets
My cat also identified other faucets in the house besides the one in the kitchen that could supply her needed water. At first she would jump up on the sink and wait for me to turn on the water at a slow trickle so that she could drink.
Again, my cat studied my behavior and figured out that the large chrome handle would turn on the water. She would grab the cold side handle and turn on the water.
On a few occasions she would turn on the water to fast and not be able to drink the water because she would have to get wet.
After months of practicing she got the procedure down and would use her paw to tap on the handle gently until the proper flow was achieved.
My cat drinking out of the faucet was very cute but when I came home from work the water was always running. Turning off the water was not beneficial skill in my cats opinion.
Water is expensive in Florida and the water bill tripled so I had to do something! I came up with a solution to this problem much to the dismay of my kitty.
I would stick a rubber band on the faucet handles to keep them closed while I was at work. My cat finally gave up on turning on the water and after a few months went back to waiting for me to turn on the water.
The last part of this weird cat behavior story is that my cat continued to investigate the faucet and pipes trying to figure out where the water was originating.
Whenever I opened up the cabinet under the sink she would jump in there and follow the pipes to the wall. I believe she was still looking for a fresher source of water.
She believed that if she could find out where the cold water was coming from that she would have even fresher water. I think this kitty wanted me to take her to the water pumping station where our county water comes from.