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Cats (the furry kind) and tanks

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by Darwins_Dog, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Darwins_Dog

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    So I have a cat. He loves watching the fish, of course, but he also loves to drink out of the tank. It's covered, so I'm not worried about him getting the fish, there's just enough of an opening that he can stick his nose in.

    Is this bad for the cat? What about the fish? I make him get down whenever I see him up there, but should I do something else to stop it?
     
  2. mykidsmylife

    mykidsmylife Princess of Peons

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    My cats will drink from my aquarium as well. They really love drinking from the betta tank but I catch them up on my 125 as well. The bad thing, the fat one was sitting on my larger Emperor HOB and ended up cracking the plastic "housing" on it causing a significant leak before I noticed it. I replaced it with a Fluval 405 so all is well now and intend on replacing the other Emperor here very soon as well. LOVE the fluvals..so nice and quiet.
    They've done this for years now and all cats still alive and thriving. I figure, Heck they drink from the toilet, my filtered planted tanks are probably far healthier for them than toilet water. I figure they just appreciate the fishy flavoring. lol
     
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    Mine stays out of them if their full tho she does eat the photos growing out of my sump on my pond.
    I can't keep her out of them however if they are empty.
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    My cat drinks out of my 75 when she has the energy to get up there. She's even fallen in it while I was cleaning it. I wouldn't worry about it. Worst case a cat could just damage/mess up your filters/hoses.
     
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    Two cats in my house have fallen into two different tanks trying to drink water out of them during water changes. They learn real fast that water is most definitely not their friend.

    :cheers: for stupid cats.
     
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    My cats love to drink tank water, and one just likes to lie across the lights. I guess it's warm and comfy!
     
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    I used to have one that liked to drink the brine water out of my brine shrimp hatchers.
     
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    If it becomes a problem with your cat/cats getting up on your tank, you can get a special item called SSSSCat. It's a small can of compressed air (OK for the environment) that has an inferred top on it. When the cat (or anything) crosses the inferred, it let's out a blast of air. My cats know the SSSCat so well now that all I have to do is put a can down by anywhere I don't want them and they avoid the area. The compressed air canister are replaceable. The inferred top uses 1 or 2 AA batteries. You can order them on line. Here's a link, but I would shop around on the web for a better price. http://www.entirelypets.com/ssscatinnotek.html

    Also, I have used just a regular can of compressed air, like for computers and cameras, and without pointing it directly at my cat, let out a stream of air to get then off a table or away from something dangerous to them...again, after a while, just showing them the can makes them high tail it away. I like the compressed air better than a spray bottle with water, the air doesn't leave any mess and you can aim it towards pretty much anything and not worry about doing any damage. Of course, the regular cans of air can only work when you're around to supervise, while the SSSCat works all the time.

    Just something to think about...
    Ghpr1957:)
     
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    Zari, you have a beautiful girl there!

    Ghpr1957...I love the idea of that!! Perhaps one would keep them out of the garden window and away from my houseplants!!!

    One of my kitties has also fallen in my tank during a cleaning. I had stepped out of the room and heard my husband yell. Walk in to see him dragging poor Chucky out of the tank soaking wet. It's a 125g so there was enough water still in it that his feet didn't touch bottom. He tried to swim..lol
     
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    idk if u are using dechlorinator or other things in the water it might not be good for the cat
     
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    mykidsmylife,
    I got a laugh out of your story about Chucky! Gladly he was OK.
    I have to tell you that I have used the air cans so successfully with my 3 cats (Simba age 17, Nettie age 4, Tiger age 3) that allot of times all I have to do is make a "Pssst!" sound myself, and off they go. All except Simba. Simba has been my buddy and King of the house since his birth, but he has never done anything wrong...never gotten on tables, counters, gone outside, nothing...Now the other two...well, I bought 5 cans of SSSCat one time and had one of them up on the very top of our kitchen cabinets, one on the floor by both our front and back door, and one on my desk. Those are all gone now, and I just occasionally put one out if I start to have a problem with Nettie or Tiger, like lately, they both love watching the birds outside our kitchen, but have decided that rather than sit on our table bench, they need to be up on our kitchen table...One can of SSSCat and after about a week no more jumping on the table.

    Oh, gee, I'm turning this into a cat forum...sorry...I just love all animals!
    Ghpr1957:)
     
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    I use to find it annoying. My cat is now too old for such shenanigans but one time he was on top of my 48" coralife light fixture and his weight, about 20lbs, snapped one of the leg mounts causing half of the fixture going into the tank destroying it. Don't know how the cat or fish didn't getted electrocuted and or blow up or start a fire.
     
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    We had a cat when I had my 75g. And he'd lay on top of it once in a while. But I never saw him drink from it.
    But one day while sitting there(prob watching nascar) re-filling the tank during my weekly cleaning. I had the top open, and he jumped up and just caught the cross member with his front feet, while the rest of him went in the tank. He was going all the way onto his back about the time I grabbed him.
    I could imagine the chaos of a cat Inside the tank, under water, and under the other glass lid that was closed. If I hadn't have been there to get him as quick as I did.
     
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    If you're going to let your cat drink from your tank or fall in from time to time - keep him/her away from your tanks for a while after you've dosed the cast with meds. External meds especially, but even after pills the cat could really mess up your tank.

    Not a problem for me - my cat only drinks running water and at 17 she won't change her ways.
     
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    My cat doesn't try to get into the tank but loves to just sit in my livingroom recliner chair or couch and just watches them swim that room is my primary fish room. He doesn't have a desire to drink from the tank but I also agree if you are putting dechlorinator into the water you are using for water changes for the tank not sure it can be good for the cat to be drinking tank water also think about fish disease as well and your cat possibly getting sick. I also have hood covers on all tanks so this keeps him from getting into them but as far as the fish are concerned he just enjoys watching them swim especially when I put the hood lights on.
     
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    Little late to the party, but I wanna blab a little. My cats all react to war differently. Skipper can't get within 5ft of anything that involves water except her bowl; Midnight doesn't care either way, so long as he stays dry; and Haily isn't scared of anything (despite being the smallest of them). None of them are dumb enough to try drinking from my 75, they wouldn't be able to stay on the rim.
     
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    I'm behind catching up on posts. LOL I have one cat that loves to lay on the tanks and drink the water. Never touches the fish, just watches. He is fat and happy. My other cat loves watching the rams on "the ground floor" of the tank shelf. The only funny is that the fat cat jumped onto the top shelf 55g when the lid was open. He didn't appreciate the wet paws and told me about it.
     
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    The fat, happy cats are the best.

    Word.

    :cheers:
     

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