Maybe you have a nice clean cat that laps daintily from a freshly filled bowl of wholesome tap water. Squeakerella is like that – NOT. The ‘Ell takes her tipple from droplets left in the bath, the toilet (if someone forgets to put the lid down), puddles, cold mugs of tea, the washing up bowl, and the pond. Why does she do this? I have given the lady filtered water and bottled water, thinking the chlorine might be putting her off, but she rejects it. Tiny and Frank – when they visit Tiger Barn Cattery – have pint pots of ordinary water and they like their pints, but ‘Rella turned up her tiny kitty nose at the glassware and licks spillage from the side of the glass. When Archie comes to stay, he's allowed to drink from the tap like he does at home.

There’s a good book by Desmond Morris called Catwatching, which puts forward theories on cat behaviour. I got my copy from a charity shop in Langport, where I also scored several newly knitted blankies for the cattery beds. (Anyway, I digress!) Desmond Morris puts forward the theory that cats hate the chemicals in (a) tap water and (b) the washing up detergent that keeps the kitty bowls oh so hygienic. Their noses are way too sensitive. ‘Outside water’ might not be clean but it is natural rain water and smells better – to them. Who knows about tea and toilets! It may just be forbidden fruits! But, we try to protect our cats from germs and microbes and they reward us by bringing us dead rodents, snacking on spiders, and catching flies to eat in front of us. Tiger Barn Cattery, Lovington, is kept clean with Trigene – a specialist product used in veterinary clinics – and our guest cats do drink from their bowls, water changed twice a day. But I feel they’d be happier with a bucket of week old water placed in the corner of their chalets, preferably with a couple of dead moths floating prettily on the surface.

Where does your cat like to drink?

Katriona