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    Default Keeping the cats' water dish from freezing?

    We have a thick plastic water dish outside for the barn cats and big dogs. I've been clearing ice out two or three times a day. Is there such a thing as a heated water dish? I thought about trying to rig up a heated horse bucket with an extension cord but given Lard-Arse Cat's level of grace we'd probably be fishing frozen cat out of the bucket in the morning if he tried to pop up and drink out of it.
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    Yes, you can buy a heated water bowl. They are like the electric buckets that we plug in and use in stalls. We used to use a heated water bowl for our chickens. Several of the big mail order places have them, including, I think, KV Vet.



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    Yep, you can get pet sized heated dishes, they are usually dog size, though. I usually try and keep a water sorce somewhere warm where they can get in, or at least warmer than everywhere else. Sometimes just moving the bowl to the center of the barn helps a whole lot.



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    Most of the Vet supply or pet catalogs on line have a heated water dish for outside pets.
    We have one for our barn cats and it works quite well. Kind of a mini version of the heated buckets for the horses.
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    I have a heated water bowl for my barn cats and it works wonderfully.



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    Quote Originally Posted by trubandloki View Post
    I have a heated water bowl for my barn cats and it works wonderfully.
    Ditto; I also have a heated pad my barn cat can sleep on.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SBF View Post
    Ditto; I also have a heated pad my barn cat can sleep on.
    I am so not telling my cats about that. They will go on strike until they get one.



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    There are a whole slew of heated bowls out there. http://www.petvetsupply.com/hepetbononsa.html



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    not only do my cats have a heated water bowl they have a heat room I made out of a dog crate covered with a big blanket, two brooding lamps and their kitty beds.

    oh and it's a loft - set up on top of a pallet so it's off the floor.

    mmmmm!



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    I've got the heated dish and it works great for my semi feral cat that lives in my garage.
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    You could also put a water dish on top of a heating pad.
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    I have successfully gone the non-electric route, though of course we don't have the extended periods of sub-freezing temps here. I bring out a gallon jug of warm water twice a day and fill the kitty dish. If there's a lot of ice in it, I'll bang the bowl on the ground to get the ice to fall out. If there's not much ice I just pour the warm water over it.

    The kitties are able to drink for quite a few hours before it freezes over again. They also have learned what the warm water fill-up means, so they come to quench their thirst whe they hear me at the bowl.
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    I make my barn cats drink out of the horses' water. I am mean.



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    Tractor Supply carries them, too...



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    After watching our barn cats go outside, jump up on the edge of the heated trough, and drink, we bought them a heated water bowl. They still mostly prefer to drink out of the tank unless my young horse is nearby. (as he loves to push them in)

    They really seem to prefer if the heated bowl is empty - then they sit in it! I guess it's a better spot than the heated feed room they have access to via cat door.
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    Renn, I got mine from the Tractor Supply in Westminster. It works well and wasn't terribly expensive--maybe 20 bucks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mia412 View Post
    After watching our barn cats go outside, jump up on the edge of the heated trough, and drink, we bought them a heated water bowl. They still mostly prefer to drink out of the tank unless my young horse is nearby. (as he loves to push them in)

    They really seem to prefer if the heated bowl is empty - then they sit in it! I guess it's a better spot than the heated feed room they have access to via cat door.

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