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.