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Kitten wants all of our drinks !

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Iva Miteva, Sep 8, 2019.


  1. Iva Miteva

    Iva Miteva PetForums Newbie

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    Hey everyone , not sure if the answer to this is obvious, but my kitten is 4 months old and tries to drink from or touch every single drink we have around whether it's water wine coffee you name it . He'd also reach in with one paw and with the other it's almost as though he's holding onto the sides or trying to push the glass/cup around . We tell him off but he keeps doing it . Is it just a phase thing as he's still so tiny and curious ? Thank you !
     
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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Hello @Iva Miteva and welcome :)

    I hope he doesn't manage to drink any wine! Alcohol is very toxic for cats. Caffeine is bad for them too!

    Are you providing several bowls of fresh water around the house for your kitten? And refilling them with fresh filtered or bottled water every day?

    Your kitten might prefer drinking his water from a glass, or a glass bowl - can you put one down for him? I've found many cats dislike drinking water from metal bowls (and plastic bowls are worse). Ceramic bowls are OK, but a glass bowl may be liked better.

    It could be he is just curious, but I am concerned he is trying to tell you he is very thirsty. Are you feeding him a wet food diet, and no dry food?

    Wet food is best for kittens as it gives them the moisture they need with their food. Cats (because of their desert ancestry) are not designed to drink much water. Young kittens like yours can't drink enough water to hydrate a dry food diet and so there is a risk of them suffering chronic low-level dehydration.
     
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    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    My first thought is he is thirsty. Be sure he is on a wet diet (no kibble) so he is getting enough moisture


    However this is normal kitten and cat behavior they like to push things over and knock things down. I call this Gravity Experiments.

    Yelling at him isn't going to teach him anything, because this is what cats do. You need to stop leaving glasses around where he can reach them. It's as simple as that. :)

    Also I wonder how much time you are devoting to interactive play. Kittens have an enormous amount of energy and need attention and play time from you, several sessions a day of at least a half hour at a time.

    Make sure he has a good sturdy cat tree and several types of scratching posts as well. Give him a box fort (card board box) and some kind of rustly tent or tunnel too.

    It may be he is doing this because he needs attention.
     
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    I've had a few cats really dedicated to Gravity Experiments. I set things up for them, to satisfy that desire. On a book shelf for instance, a row of little kitten safe toys or crumpled paper balls, for him to knock down. Then pick them up and put them back, changing up the items now and then. I have several "stations" like that in my house, when I have a Gravity Experiment cat.
     
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  5. Iva Miteva

    Iva Miteva PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you guys this kitty I spoilt he has everything including a scratching post tree, a box with a small hole with comfy blanket inside , all the toys. He gets fed wet and dry food and his water I changed regularly, in a ceramic bowl . I agree to switching to using a glass for him, I think he prefers to drink from glass (and the tap) . We do tidy away cups and glasses but he still wants to inspect and play. Great idea about putting more drinking vessels for him around the house, he only has one water bowl I like the sound of the gravity experiments ! He receives lots of love and attention, especially since I'm having a brake from work, lots of time dedicated to him
     

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    Iva Miteva PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you ! My sister in law has one for her kitties and they apparently love it !
     
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