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Video of cat with a drinking problem goes viral

Black cat called Dine lies on purple blanket cat-wow
© MaddieJoel - Twitter

A video of a cat called Dine trying (unsuccessfully) to drink from a stream of tap water has gone viral.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 21/02/2019, 11:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:51

Dine the Son is being described on social media as a cat with a drinking problem. 

But his is not a problem of being unable to stop. He can’t even get started. 

Owner Maddie Joel last week posted pictures of Dine’s problem on Twitter. 

My son is really bad at drinking water’, she wrote, and she accompanied her words with a video of Dine sticking his head beneath the stream of water to try to ‘catch’ it. 

Tweeps were quick to lend support and understanding. 

@Bfrost81 wrote: ‘My two are the same.  Even got them the bowl that circulates the water’.

@MarcMarshall94 wrote: ‘Omg mine does the same thing’.

@mirthfulmere wrote: ‘A lil bit of practice is all it takes’.

In fact Maddie’s tweet now has over 483,000 likes.

Why drink from a tap? 

There is a worthwhile reason that your cat prefers not to drink from its water dish. In the wild it is thought cats instinctively choose to quench their thirst with running water because it is more likely to be free of parasites and contaminates. 

But things are different in the home. Where you live in the UK determines the quality of the water from the tap. Some tap water contains lead, bacteria and metal salts and almost all tap water in the UK contains chlorine, which most animals do not like the taste of. 

If you have become a slave to your cat's thirst for fresh, clean water why not introduce it to filtered water? A good filtration system will reduce contaminates and make the water taste better. 

No matter how you combat the problem, make sure there is always fresh water available for your cat, filtered or non-filtered. Ideally a cat should drink between 5 and 10 fluid ounces of water every day.