Almost everybody loves cats — even our sea-dwelling mammal friends! Watch Arthur, the cat in the video above, give lots of nuzzles, nose boops, and head butts of affection to his dolphin pals.
This video is from all the way back in 1997 when Arthur befriended Shiloh and Thunder, two curious dolphins at a marine animal park in Florida. Arthur and his pals show us that friends come in all shapes, sizes, and species! We humans could take a lesson from these buddies!
After watching the video, you may be wondering how a cat would make friends with creatures who live in water. Don’t cats hate water? Well, not exactly. But cats do have a pretty strange relationship with H2O. Here are some facts about cats and water!
Strange Facts About Cats And Water
Check out some of our favorite facts about cats and water!
- Cats can taste water. While water tastes pretty bland for us, cats actually have taste receptors for water. Dogs can taste water too!
- Cats don’t feel as thirsty as dogs or humans. However, that means they may not feel the need to drink water when they’re dehydrated. Make sure your cat gets enough water. You may want to give them wet food if they don’t drink enough, just so they can get some extra hydration.
- Cats can stay hydrated on seawater. While we humans would get dehydrated from drinking salty water, cats have very efficient kidneys that filter out the salt.
- Most cats prefer to drink moving water. In the wild, cats evolved to recognize that still water is often stagnant and could make them sick. This is why many housecats prefer to drink from a water fountain or sink.
- Some cats don’t like to eat where they drink. Try putting your cat’s water bowl in a place away from their food bowl. This may encourage them to drink more water!
Does your cat have any unusual animal pals? Do they like water enough to befriend a sea creature? Let us know in the comments below!