Should I provide filtered water to my cat?

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Filtered water proponents insist that it provides the best and healthiest solution to the problems of both bottled water and tap water. It’s also less expensive than bottles—you can often get pitchers and filters for under $30—and is certainly much better for the environment.

Filtered water is simply tap water that has had the impurities removed by some barrier, such as special pitcher filters or some other mechanism that is screwed directly to your faucet.

Here are some pros and cons of using filtered water:


• Filtered water advocates insist that water filters remove more dangerous contaminants than any other purification method since it produces water that is not subject to phthalate or cryptosporidium contamination—something they say neither the bottled water companies or municipal water treatment plants have yet to manage.
• The filters are designed to work with municipally treated water. All you need is the product and some running water.
• Less expensive than bottled water. Filtered water costs little more than untreated tap water. Bottled water, on the other hand, can be pretty expensive.
• More environmentally friendly: Water filters use no more energy than is already required to propel water through a home’s plumbing system, so they circumvent several of the environmental problems of the bottled water industry.


• No portability.
• No storage capability
• You have to remember to fill the pitcher in order to have filtered water, which can be frustrating if you are in a hurry to fill a pot up with filtered water.
• Not Unlimited Filtered Water. Even when you get a large pitcher water filter system and it is completely full you will only have 18 to 20 8-ounce glasses of water, and that can go fast when you are cooking, making ice, etc.

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