Decca’s been reading too much stuff about how it’s important to keep your cat “challenged.”We were excited when the big box — a box! — came into the house just before Christmas but not so much when she told us the contents were for us, too. Not only was there no tissue paper, but the new thing had “some assembly required.”
And then we found out it was practical. “Practical” is kind of like getting underwear for Christmas (except we don’t wear underwear, we like to steal it) or socks (ditto).Now that it’s together and operating, though, we like our new Drinkwell 360, though Decca had to experiment with the number of fountain streams before she found the one we like best and Trouble was a little slow warming up to it. He loved our old Drinkwell, but some folks just don’t like change.
Having a water fountain is a lot of fun. We can pretend we’re wild creatures in the jungle, pausing from the hunt to refresh ourselves at a clear mountain stream — or that someone left the water running at the bathroom sink. Whatever.It’s good for us, too, since we drink more water and it’s filtered. Water is important for everyone, but indoor cats, a lot of experts say, don’t drink enough water, especially if they eat mostly dry food. Decca keeps a close eye on our health. Dehydration can cause problems, but drinking too much water can be a sign of trouble, too, particularly in older cats. It’s a classic symptom of feline diabetes.
Here’s a fun fact: Did you know it took a team of scientists to discover how cats drink? A lot of physics is involved. Cats lap four times a second when they drink! You can read about it here. And here is a video.Getting back to that “challenging” stuff, another box came last week. A “puzzle” feeder?? We can hardly wait.
Update: Since we posted this, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about our water fountain. It’s called the Drinkwell 360, and you can read about the vet who invented it and where to buy it here.
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