View Full Version : Aquarium and Cat
01-22-2010, 06:54 PM
Hi, well I'm wondering what people's experiences are with owning cats and having an aquarium. Some events at home may mean I need to move my aquarium to a room that I cannot keep the cat out of. At the moment he is obsessed at getting into my fish room, and I've only let him in there if I am holding him. Is he going to be able to knock over my tank, cause other problems? I have a 29 gallon, and am just concerned about potential problems.
01-22-2010, 06:58 PM
I have 3 cats and a nosy clumsy pug, none of them have ever caused any problems. The cats regularly pounce into the tanks trying to get the fish, bat at them, a few times knocked themselves silly slamming into them, but no damage to the glass or the fish. If a tank is setup so a cat can knock it over, your doing something wrong.
01-22-2010, 07:00 PM
Well firstly 1 US gallon of water weighs around 8.4 lbs. That means your aquarium ways around 240 lbs. with only the water in it. If your cat can knock that over you should stop feeding it steroids. :hmm3grin2orange:
As far as keeping it out of the lid top and whatnot I've had experience with that. When I first setup my aquarium my cat was curious. That's to be expected as she's a cat and that's what they do. However, when she tried to pry the lid up to get inside, that's where I drew the line. I've found that putting duct tape, sticky side up on the surface that the tank is on and on the lid itself for a few days ends up teaching her that she isn't supposed to be up there nor does she want to be. Cats hate the feel of sticky on their paws. Try this out, it's worked wonderfully for me.
01-22-2010, 07:01 PM
Unless your cat can push 300-380lbs, I don't think he'll knock it over...
01-22-2010, 07:02 PM
Keep the tank well covered and it will be fine. My cat completely ignores the tanks.
01-22-2010, 07:05 PM
I have 4 cats indoors and another few that are allowed inside whenever they want. We have a largely open downstairs, so there's no real way to block the cats out of the living room, where the tank is. They like to climb onto the hood and drink out of the filter box sometimes, but they never try to hurt the fish, and they've never broken anything yet :19:
01-22-2010, 07:23 PM
My two cats both are able to see what goes on in my 42G and love to watch them, occassionally they both try and catch a fish only to be stopped by the glass, though most of my fish scatter, my Angelfish are more like is it edible only to be confronted by the same problem of glass sheilding :14:
01-22-2010, 07:49 PM
One of my cats did go through a phase of chewing air lines, something to keep an eye out for. Mine are all too scared of water to get on top of the tanks luckily (I think all 3 have fallen in the goldfish pond at least once)
01-22-2010, 08:22 PM
IME most cats ignore fish tanks. For a very select few it becomes a new area of obsession, but in that case im more worried about the cat knocking something into the tank, make sure all your chemicals and food are put away and the tank is secure, and theres nothing close that could be knocked into the tank or the glass and everything should be fine.
01-22-2010, 08:27 PM
I have 6 cats. Only two show any interest at all. And after a week or two they lost interest. Just make sure you have a cover. I did, years ago, had one of my cats go swimming because I had no cover on the tank and she fell in while walking around the edge.
01-22-2010, 09:05 PM
luckily my cats are outdoors, but i have had tanks and indoor cats never really had any troubles with em beyond the cats using them as water bowls
01-22-2010, 09:34 PM
My cat really can't get level with my 55, but he doesn't show much more than occasional interest in it. I'm sure when we move and rearrange everything it, like everything else, will fascinate him endlessly for a couple of weeks, but never had any issues, and my tank isn't even entirely covered.
01-23-2010, 03:24 AM
I have to cats and all they do is watch the fish. One has tried to poke his hand in through the hood but gave up pretty quickly
01-23-2010, 04:05 AM
My cat never bothers any of my tanks.Ha Ha! He has never done any damage, he just likes to watch.//
01-23-2010, 10:21 AM
I wouldn't worry too much about your cat. Make sure the top is covered and you should be OK. Your cat could loose interest after he gets a chance to check out the tank.
I even keep a bench in front of m tank for my cats to be able to look at the fish. this is a old pic but I still have the bench in front of my tank
01-23-2010, 11:56 AM
Don't worry about the cat knocking over a tank that big. When filled it'll weigh more than a hundred pounds!
In any case, I've never had any problems with cats. Even my hunt-loving cat doesn't do more than sneak a drink every now and then.
01-23-2010, 01:04 PM
Your cat might be mad at you wondering why you set up a sushi bar for him and then blocked it off. :hmm3grin2orange:
01-23-2010, 01:24 PM
I have 7 indoor cats. They all love my fish- spend hours laying on the bed watching them. I have never had a problem with them.
One likes to lay on the top-and she just sheds cat hair into the tank. More of a pain than harm I guess.
They all love drinking 'fish flavored water' from the filters.
I only had one, a little black cat we rescued- that liked to flip the top open and stick her paws in, but I taped the lid down and she stopped. It was kinda funny to watch her actually!
Dont worry about it. Unless you have a HUGE cat or uncovered tanks, no worries!
01-24-2010, 06:26 AM
I have 2 indoor cats, 2 of the tanks i have are uncovered, they drink out of them, fish water must be tastier than their own water *L*, but they dont bother the fish
01-24-2010, 06:57 AM
On the local forum, one guy said his cat went into one of his tanks once,after that it never tried again. One guy I bought some plants from had tops on all his tanks, his cats were drinking from them. Now the cats sleep on the tops because of the heat from the lights.
Oh I did have my friend's dog leap into the side of a 55g tank. Actually moved one of the glass panels in on one corner, didn't leak or well leak that much. Was able to deal with it quickly enough. He did end up replacing it for me.
01-24-2010, 07:01 AM
just a few fun cat and aquarium pictures
and my favorite one
01-24-2010, 01:37 PM
AWWW!!! Poor kitty with his tooshie in the water!!
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