Q: Is it okay to let my cat drink from the water faucet?

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 2039 days ago

Mary T.

Is there any harm in letting my cat drink from the water faucet?

Chosen Answer

There’s probably no risk in letting your cat drink from the water faucet, depending on your water source.

We know your cat’s kind: You diligently provide bowls of fresh water — even the dog lets the cat sip from his precious water bowl — and still the cat insists on the most direct source. For years, the answer was: “No way, Little Dipper. Don’t you know that faucet water contains DBPs (disinfection by-products) from the chlorination process down at the municipal water plant? We have to run that tap water through a filter first — or let it sit in an open bowl for a day or so, before it’s entirely safe to drink.”

By now, however, most municipal water supplies are in compliance with EPA orders to remove DBPs before they reach your faucet — and your cat’s lips. Just to be sure, ask your water system for its annual water quality report.

You might be surprised to learn what you’re drinking.

Thanks to the vets at BluePearl Veterinary Partners (bluepearlvet.com) for this answer.

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