Monday, June 29, 2009

MANCAT MONDAY: YOU CAN LEAD A MANCAT TO WATER ...































... AND MOST LIKELY, HE'LL DRINK! At least that seems to be the way it is with any of my three kitties! They just love water -- especially when it's served up in something that isn't their water dish.

Oh, they love to drink the water out of my glass whenever I have one. And, of course, that kind of spoils it for me, and I have to fetch another. I think they know this, and it's just their way of taking it over.

Dante and Dylan like to drink out of the toilet, which I discourage, of course. Domino is too short to make that kind of dip into the bowl. Domino loves puddles for her refreshment.

And, my mancats love to drink out of the birdbath! It doesn't matter if the water is fresh or not -- the dirtier, the better, they think!

It's interesting to see the difference between Dante's birdbath drinking pose and Dylan's. Dylan perches his paws on the carved kitty faces, and Dante, being a fair bit taller, can just rest his paws on the rim of the bowl (must be all that practice from toilet training!).

Strangely enough, I've never witnessed a bird bathing in this bowl -- I imagine the constant threat of the feline presences keep them away. I've seen the odd bug land in the water, unable to escape, only to become a dead thing for mancat amusement. A bug here or there adds a bit of protein to the brew which must also include plant detritus from the overhanging bushes and trees. All the more for the big boys to suck back!

Hey, I just look at this as some kind of kitty enrichment program -- not only because of the protein and greens, but because the guy-kitties actually have to work for their reward. They have to make a concerted effort to balance on their toes and drink at the same time -- much harder than stealing a lazy slurp from mom's glass!

So, I hope you have found some sort of enjoyment from watching my mancats belly up to the birdbath on this magnificent Mancat Monday! It never ceases to amaze me.

16 comments:

Kitties @ Our family cat-a-blog... said...

Maybe along with a refreshing sip of water dey is also doin' some of dere mornin' stretching exercises☺

Gandalf and Grayson said...

They both have a fine technique! We have a bird bath out front, of the more common kind, but we have birds bathing in it and do not drink from it.

Furkidsmom said...

We loved seeing Dante and Dylan drinking from that birdbath. Mom is so sorry she didn't buy that when she saw it.


Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

The Creek Cats said...

Love the pics of the mancats drinking from the bird bath! Too cute!

The Monkeys said...

You two are so cute and still manage to maintain your mancatliness even though you're standing on tippy toes!

The Island Cats said...

Those are great pictures! We never drink out of our birdbath cuz mom doesn't keep it very clean and it gets really really gross....

Poppy Q said...

Yup, I love the dirty water too.

Noll's Nip said...

They remind me of African lions...coming to the watering hole for a drink!

Milo and Alfie said...

We always steal water from Mom's glass or drink from the tap. But NEVER our water bowls!

Angel and Kirby said...

We always enjoy the birdbath drinking photos!

Furkidsmom said...

Yippeee we'd love to be LOL cats!! Thanks for thinking of us!!

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Daisy said...

That is interesting to see how the difference in height causes Dante and Dylan to have different drinking styles. I'll bet the water from the birdbath tastes extra-delicious!

Eric and Flynn said...

We like seeing them both drink in their different ways. We have got a huge (never used) litterbox outdoors which catches all the rain. We always drink from it and paddle in it.The water tastes much better from there.

Fin said...

I love to drink from Mom's cup!

8GR8LOLCATS said...

Your Mancats are LONGCATS! That has to be a lot of fun to drink from such a pretty water dish!

ragdoll cat breeders said...

nice picture..
mmm...:)