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Cats Vs open topped tanks

I'm curious, if you have a free standing open topped tank, have you ever found a cat in it? I'm moving soon and I'm planning on setting up an open topped 7.5 Gallon tank on its own stand (without any space for the cats to get on it) and I don't want to find one of them in it or the tank on the floor

I saw the video of the cat doing aquascaping...that was hilarious
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As a new owner of a cat I must see this video.
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replaced my used lighting last night. not b/c of the cat... but he started it. He attempted to use the wide t5ho fixture as a seat, the one leg was broken so it fell back behind the tank and thankfully not into it.

when i brought my 45g home for the time, first tank too, i filled it with the gravel and went out to dinner. came home to find him in the tank running back and forth trying to get out.
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My grandmother doesn't have an open topped tank, but the filter flow is accessible. Her cat likes to drink the water from the tank.

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As a new owner of a cat I must see this video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW9fGLBvb9I
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My cat would rather die than get wet, so its not a problem for me.
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My cats will freak and do some serious scratching if you hold them within give feet of any water, even an empty sink. Of course this rule doesn't apply in the case of aquariums. They'll happily drink from them and bat at the fish. >.<
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When my cat was much younger, she used to jump onto a 72g bow I had set up, watch the fish, drink a little. She did this daily. I stopped it after that same tank sprung a leak, in the bottom seal, on the same corner she used to jump/sit/drink on. I blame her weight for the leak.
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my cats take drinks sometimes ... don't ask me why, their water dish is by far better water and cleaned daily...

they have yet to achieve a full breach
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I've run open top from 20 gallon to 100 gallons and without something to perch on, my cat(s) never went near them. And I've had as many as 3 cats in the house.

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One of my cats drinks out of the tanks. I found her once just holding her paw in the water, with a swarm of fish nibbling it. No hostile moves at all. Wish I'd gotten video!

The other cat will chase my mouse pointer on the screen, but shows no interest in the tanks or inhabitants at all.

It all depends on the personality of your cats.
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my newest cat has taken a dunk inmy 55, hes small so he couldnt get out, i rescued him

now theres no more cats in the fish room.
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I wouldnt worry about it, my cats have never fallen into a tank and all of mine are open top. Now my porch pond is a different story, they've each taken a dip in that, but after falling in, their actions around the pond were much more cautious.

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I gots no cat.

You guys like your cat more or your aquarium?

My buddy's pit bull puppy never noticed his tank once for the first 6 months of his life. One night, he took notice, plopped his big butt down (he's 70 lbs at 6 months) looked at the tank in wonder. As soon as he did that, one of friend's tropheus swam chaotically and plopped to the aquarium floor....except he wasn't sitting, he was dead.

My friend's puppy is no longer allowed to look at the tank.

True story, except the not allowed to look at the tank part. - it was quite weird. No clue how/why that tropheus died.
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I found that if my cats run out of water, i don't need to worry.... One cat licks my filter media in my sump, the other one goes headfirst into the sump, hooking her hind legs on the edge of the tank so she can get back out.
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