I\'m not a believer in cages for cats, but since I\'ve become a \"breeder\" (legally speaking; this is Japan; I now have a license from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government), one is required to have one cage per cat that is part of the breeding program. (Desexed cats are \"pets\" and don\'t count.) So, I bought two cages for my two queens, thinking I\'d never use them. Still, they have come in handy when I\'ve had to quarantine sick kittens, or, for that matter, to keep the kittens quiet when it was my sleepy time. The adult cats also appreciate having the occasional \"grown-ups only\" time, when there are no kittens running around. The kittens are only caged for a few hours max, and it\'s not every day, so it\'s not like being in Alcatraz.
Anyway, the issue is not caging, but how to feed and water caged cats. Feeding is easy; I use the metal bowls that hang inside the cage. But watering is the problem. I bought the same kind of water dispensers that you use for guinea pigs and such--the ones that have a metal spout with a bead that, if licked, gives water. Of course, these are made specifically for caged dogs and cats. The pet shop people said that the cats would figure out how to lick the drop of water from the lip of the tube, but not my gang. So, how do I teach them? Putting a bowl of water in a cage dehydrates quickly and gets sloshed around, especially when you have Maine Coons.
I may add that these cages are over six feet in height, have three levels, and space for a kitty toilet. They are easily kept clean, and although the kittens don\'t particularly like being cooped up, once I open the cage, some of them will return for naps. Go figure.
Seriously, for people living in limited space, a cage is useful, the way an extra room would be. I am raising my kittens under foot (sometimes underfoot; several have almost bit the dust when they decided to dash right under where I was stepping at the time). I may also add that many Japanese consider caging their cats during most of the day a normal practice, which I am against. Still, cages have their unexpected uses. I have the cages as required by law; I am finding unexpected uses for them. Please do not criticize me for having cages. At this very moment, the kittens are very much uncaged; I have seven rambunctious kittens running up and down the length of the apartment; it\'s dawn, and my landlord lives downstairs. Kittens are motors that keep on going until they klonk out and go into deep, deep sleep.
Anyway, the question is as stated: how to teach a cat to drink from a water bottle?