"I nostri gatti non bevono acqua."
Translation:Our cats do not drink water.
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This sentence is saying that the cats in question do not drink any water at all. If this sentence used "l'acqua" it would imply that the cats drink some other water (Think having a specific dish that they don't drink from that the water is contained in, but would drink from some other dish)
doesn't really help me because my understanding was that "bevono l'acqua" is very often translated as "they drink water"...as a matter of fact, here at duolingo if my memory serves me correctly, I have gotten several questions wrong by not including some form of article(l', il, etc.) even when the translation they are asking for in English includes no article
I don't know if this is the same, but here's what a moderator posted on a different question: when any attribute (possessive included) is alone in predicate position (the form "A is B") the article can be omitted. This sentence is A B, so the l' isn't needed? I see this post is really old, but maybe it'll help someone else.