1. My cats drink water from the dogs bowls, they sometimes drink the running water but usually they just like to play with it!

  2. I once had a kitty who would sit under the leaky tub faucet and let it drip on her head. They are strange little beasties, but that’s just another reason to love ‘em, right? ?

  3. Our new kitty, Ninja, rushes into the bathroom any time the door is opened, hops up on the edge of the tub to drink water out of the faucet. If I don’t turn it on for him he then jumps onto the counter to drink out of the sink faucet. He does have plenty of water in a dish, too, but it must be true that the running water is more natural for animals. In the wild if a body of water isn’t moving it is probably stagnant and who wants to drink stagnant water, right? Makes sense.

    I think Ivy is a very unique cat with a singular personality as cats go. She’s like other cats in many ways but has her own set of quirks like no other cat. She’s very smart and pretty creative in the way she interacts with her world and the items in it. Like shredding paper–I’ve never seen a cat do that and I’ve lived with quite a few cats growing up. For a quiet person who enjoys her solitude like you, Ivy keeps you entertained without asking too much in return. How perfect is that? Funny how you two are so well matched. Must have been serendipity, if that’s the right word. Anyway, a good setup for both of you!

    And I want to second the readers who cautioned you about letting Charlie ride in your lap and even in the front seat without protection. See if he will accept riding in the back in some sort of restraint away from the air bag danger. I’d hate to have him get hurt badly or worse.

    Hugs to you, Brenda and pats for the fur babies.

  4. My cats are very quirky, too. And so was Zippo (my fur love, who passed away a little over a year ago). It’s not just Ivy. It’s just the way cats are. Sometimes I even catch myself saying out loud to one of the cats as I’m laughing, “You’re so weird!”

    A lot of cats prefer running water to drink from because it’s more natural for them. Clementine will only drink running water, never water from a bowl. Therefore, I got here one of those Catit cat fountains from Amazon. We have it running all the time for her. Cats also hate their whiskers touching anything, including the sides of a bowl. So you have to make sure cat’s food and water bowls are wide enough where their whiskers don’t touch the sides.

    Monkey sees and hears things that we don’t quite often; it’s kind of spooky.

  5. Please don’t let Charlie sit in your lap while driving. I never thought about it until I heard of a case where a dog died riding this way due to the airbag inflating when the owner was rear ended 🙁

        1. Oh, yes. Technically, an animal should be in the back seat secured in a carrier with a seat belt. Even secured in the passenger seat, if you get in an accident and the airbag goes off, the animal would be crushed.

  6. She’s young and a hunter animal. It’s amazing how cats can entertain themselves and keep us entertained too

    Switch to plastic containers so you won’t hurt yourself if something falls and breaks. Getting glass up isn’t easy. Tiny shards etc

    I used to have five cats. Now one dog who is great with my two year old grand son. A rescue. I’m so lucky. He’s a huge part of my life. Could you have a bird feeder for Ivy to watch birds fluttering around? If you got one of those revolving night light things would Ivy like that? Do u have a tiny laser light to play with her? They chase the spot. Cats are great company

  7. Little did you know that when she adopted you, you had your own built-in entertainment center. I’ve had cats and their quirks are so much fun!! And yes, if we could only read their minds!!!

  8. Brenda: My cat would do the same behavior when I’d shower. She would immediately jump in the tub to drink water once I stepped out. I wondered why until I decided to try something different. I went to freshen her water bowl and filled it wit hot tap water. There it was. My girl prefers to drink hot water. So, I change her water bowl several times a day with hot water. Maybe Ivy prefers her water hot too.

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