Many people are under the impression that cats and water don’t mix. But do cats really hate water? And if so, why do cats hate water?
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An aversion to water is one of the most well-known characteristics of household cats.
Reasons Why do cats Hate water?
Cats hate water because of what water does to their fur. Wet fur is also heavier than dry and thus makes a cat less nimble and easier for predators to catch. Many cats’ experiences with water are not positive—being stuck in a downpour without shelter, being sprayed with water and forced baths which can make it fearful of water for the rest of its life.
1. Cats hate water because it makes their fur wet
More likely, however, cats don’t like getting wet because of what water does to their fur. Cats are fastidious animals that spend a great deal of their day grooming themselves. Wet fur is extremely uncomfortable for a cat and often takes a long time to dry. Wet fur is also heavier than dry and thus makes a cat less nimble and easier for predators to catch.
Accidentally falling into a full bathtub, for example, can be a frightening experience for a cat and can make it fearful of water for the rest of its life.
2. Cats Are Sensitive to Scents
Cats have an extraordinary sense of smell, fourteen times more sensitive than ours. The strong scents associated with shampoos and conditioners can contribute to cats aversion to water and baths. Some have also speculated that your cat may not like the scent of chemicals from tap water.
3. Aversion to Water
Many cats’ experiences with water are not positive—being stuck in a downpour without shelter, being sprayed with water, and forced baths are a few examples—so it’s understandable why many cats do not like water.
As mentioned in point 1 above.
Fun fact: On the other hand, many cats are attracted to running water and may even prefer to drink from a faucet. From an evolutionary standpoint, moving water is more likely to be fresh and uncontaminated, The reflection may also catch a cat’s eye. “When you see small and big cats playing with water, they like to make little splashes and see what happens, so they might have developed an attraction for water that is not just standing still because it makes them safer.”
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