|Purred: Mon Jun 18, '12 8:51pm PST |
|Emily, I remembered that as something that cats with chronic kidney disease might do. I had kidney disease but I never played with water, either. The link I gave above, from the website TANYA'S COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FELINE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE, says this:
"Some cats like to play with their water bowls from an early age, but some CKD [chronic kidney disease] cats develop a bit of an obsession with water, and may play with their water bowl or paw at the water. You may see other new behaviours, such as drinking from showers or gutters, or hanging around sinks and begging for fresh running water from the tap. All these types of behaviour may indicate stomach acid. Other possible causes include dehydration or diabetes."
That's a reliable website, so I trust that it's accurate, but I can't explain why it makes them play with water. I can understand the "obsession" with water and why they might play with water then, but I'm not sure I understand why stomach acid would cause some cats to play with water. Maybe they want to drink, but their stomach is so upset that even the thought of actually drinking the water makes them nauseous, so they just play with it instead? I really don't know.
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