I have a collie who has a fresh bowl of drinking water which never runs dry, yet when I take him for a walk as he comes into the drive he will drink the water out a small pond (3 feet diameter) that must have water that is undrinkable and over a year old. We have a cat that also does this. Why?

I would have thought fresh water to be better.
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I have a collie who has a fresh bowl of drinking water which never runs dry, yet when I take ... have water that is undrinkable and over a year old. We have a cat that also does this. Why?

He's probably thirsty. The question is why are you letting them do this?
I would have thought fresh water to be better.

I agree.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
But I still wonder why both the cat and the dog try and drink this in preference to fresh.
But I still wonder why both the cat and the dog try and drink this in preference to fresh.

I think it is because, to them, the chlorine stinks even when we can't smell it. But I'm merely speculating.

When I die, I want to go where dogs go!
But I still wonder why both the cat and the dog try and drink this in preference to fresh.

I think it is because, to them, the chlorine stinks even when we can't smell it. But I'm merely speculating.

I was thinking about chlorine and other pollutants in the water as I read the post.
Try using reverse osmosis or distilled water.
When I die, I want to go where dogs go!

Me too !
Mirelle
I think it is because, to them, the chlorine stinks even when we can't smell it. But I'm merely speculating.

I was thinking about chlorine and other pollutants in the water as I read the post. Try using reverse osmosis or distilled water.

He will drink tap water its just at every opportunity he will go for the stale. The tap water here (scotland) although probably got chlorine in it is good tasting (to humans) and isnt like some places where it is filtered and used several times (eg london). Maybe I am missing something and the dog is `saying` "this stale water is actually better quality than that S... out of the tap..you dont fool me!
But I still wonder why both the cat and the dog try and drink this in preference to fresh.

I think it is because, to them, the chlorine stinks even when we can't smell it. But I'm merely speculating.

May be speculating.
Both of my dogs prefer to drink from the muddy and algae filled pond on the back of my lot (when I let them out) than the constantly refreshed washtub that is available to them all day long. The tub is fed by my water well - no chlorine or any treatment at all. The pond is fed mostly by rainfall and some by the well.

Jason