Water is not just water, H2O or whatever the humans use as their description. It is Feline2Special, to be regarded as something apart, unique. In the olden days, back in the old country, we felines would know where the best water would be. Many felines peferred the North bank of the Nile, but felines with the special nose would trace it to the so called Blue Nile and its source in Lake Tana. Ok, I am not an expert, read it all in Felipedia on my paw book, but the true taste of water depends on the origins.
Mrs. Human is unfortunately not an expert, she thinks that filling my indoor and outdoor bowl with the same water daily, is sufficient and even adapts her loud voice when she finds me drinking from an unknown source, such as a water can, where the remains of the rain collects. This is, naturally, the best water for the taste buds of a professional feline water drinker, full of the original flavours of the surroundings. My perfect taste is known throughout the feline world and I am recognised as a conoisseur.
Humans, you can compare it to a wine. You can get good wine and bad wine. We felines only appreciate the good water. The longer it ferments, the better the taste. Fresh water from a tap, with all the strange chemical contents, is to be compared with cooking wine. It serves its pupose for the thirst, but human, who drinks wine because they are thirsty? No, they drink it to savour its bouquet, its aroma, and for that we have a perfectly developed tongue. No human would swallow a glass of wine, no, they let the liquid diffuse in the mouth, absorb its quality and eventually it will be slowly swallowed, its aroma being absorbed by the organs of the body. So it is with water and the feline. We do not just swallow the water, we use our tongue to lap it up slowly, allowing each drop to slide into our taste buds.
I must now retire to my pawpad to complete my thesis on the meaning of feline water. In the meanwhile, prost meow as we say in our tongue.