"The cat drinks its water."
Translation:De kat drinkt zijn water.
Is there a rule to help you determine whether to use 'zijn' or 'haar'? In German, the word for 'cat' (Katze) is feminine, which means that in this sentence you would have to use 'her'. Masculine forms would only be used with 'Kater' (tomcat). How does that work with 'de' words? Is 'hij'/'zijn' the default term if you don't know the gender of the specific animal in question, or do you have to know by heart whether a word takes the masculine or the feminine form? Bedankt!
Note that the Dutch language regards animals as beings more than the English language. So when you'd say 'The cat drinks its water' you'd have to specify a gender in Dutch. If the gender is unknown it's accepted to use the male version since there's no translation for its.