My cat knocks over his wate bowl!!

United States
January 19, 2007 2:32pm CST
I have a kitten who is approaching 7 months of age. He loves water! Which is weird to me because I don't know many cats who enjoy water as much as he does. When I get in the shower he jumps right in with me and licks up all the water falling from the walls. He also has a terrible habbit of knocking over his water bowl. I have been putting a towel underneath, but he is doing it more now. As soon as I fill it up he tries to walk on the edges of the bowl and ends up getting off balance. Or he sticks his paws in and splashes around. It was cute at first, but now my dog can never get a drink of water because the cat keeps dumping it. I am buying a self watering system this weekend. I heard that the running water is what fascinates some breeds. Hopefully it will be sturdy enough that he won't knock it over. Does anyone else have this problem?
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@arthenium (104)
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
actually, most cats hate water... but not all... i too have two cats and they have very different personalities... the other one hates water but the other one is opposite! whenever i fill up my bathtub and my cat hears the sound of the splashing water, he will surely knock on the door, and when i open it, he would jump right into the bathtub. i guess it depends on how you treated ur cat when it was small. coz when mine was about 5months old, i bathe him everyday, while the other one (becoz i was working abroad when my mother acquired it) seldomly got one so he hates water now...
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@korek222 (705)
• Poland
19 Jan 07
I had a similar problem with ym dog -he was constantly while drinking putting his feet in the water bowl making it dirty and sometimes knicking it over. Since my dog is big and lives outside i found a perfect solution - i put it on the small shelf so now he can't put his feet in it cause it is too high for him. But this wont work with cat i think so dont knwo what else you can do!
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@kittybev (20)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
Both my cats love water as well. You know how people discipline cats by spraying water in their face? That would not work with my cats =) When I turn the sink on, both cats run and jump up to the counter so they can have at the running water. It's probably just a phase your kitten is going through. This is better than the furniture-scratching phase =) I think the water dispenser it a good idea. Also, maybe buy some electronic toys for your kitty so he'll refrain from playing with his water bottle and play with toys instead.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
I had this problem for awhile with one of my cats for a long time. She eventually grew out of it, but before that time I got some bricks and placed one on each side to give it more stability. I believe the self watering things will be more sturdy seeing as more water is placed in them making them heavier. I wish you luck with trying to get your cat to stop tipping his water dish.
@sedel1027 (17873)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Both of our cats play with the water dish. Then they got tired of that and would only drink our of the sink. So we bought a PetMate water fountain and the water runs down an incline. It has moving water so they still play in it a bit and the water stays much fresher in the fountain. However, they can't knock it over or flip it over. Our male cats likes to push and pull it across the floor though.
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@cruzades (661)
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
I have cats long time ago, before she was deliberately killed by our neighbor, sigh.. I don't even remember here in our country cats are really loves water, like goat or something, we rarely put them in bath, maybe because of "old saying" which been believe tru generations, that, "anyone put his/her cat strong rain will come after".
@cruzades (661)
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
i would like to re-state this: "anyone put his/her cat strong rain will come after" to "anyone put his/her cat to bath, strong rain will come after"
@TerryZ (22147)
• United States
20 Jan 07
No I find it quite strange he like water so much. My three cats dont like water at all. I wash them myself in my sink and they are not very happy when I do that.heheheh
@nickiy (40)
• United States
20 Jan 07
lol i know what you mean.... my husband had a cat that would like to let its tail float in the water when his mom was in the bath...the cat would just sit there and look at it...) but after a while shed fall in and the only thing you heard was my mother in law yelling and cussing and a HUGE amount of spashing, then youd see the door open and the fly out so fast you barley see her....(lol this is almost the same way my hubby would give her a bath...hed fill the tub up, and just throw her in thetub and slam the door...she splashed around enough trying to get out to get clean and afterwards he just had to dry up the water and the bathroom would be half cleaner than what it was before hand....
@rosie_123 (6118)
20 Jan 07
He will probably grow out of it. One of mine used to do it as a kitten - it was cute but (as you say) quite annoying too. All of a sudden, when he got to be about 18 months old -he just stopped doing it. Maybe just a phase of growing up.
@nmw2005 (1198)
• United States
20 Jan 07
yup, my cats love water. They will actually sit by the sink in the bathroom and meow until we turn it on (just a light stream) They put their head under and shake it, very funny to watch. As for the bowl issue, we had that with one of the cats, all we did was get a heavier bowl so he couldn't move it and after a while he got tired of putting is paw in. Good luck
@bonbon664 (3480)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
One of my cats is intrigued with the flushing toilet. So, at any opportunity she has, she will jump on the toilet, and watch it flush. I'm waiting for the day that she falls in by mistake, maybe that will cure her fascination for water.
@priti45 (372)
• India
20 Jan 07
This was really funny loub020. Its really a weird situation as i have had many cats and they all hate water. The Self watering system seems to be a good solution. Best of luck with it.
@tapeshnlu (350)
• India
20 Jan 07
very funny cats are such funny and they deserve a place above than dogs as they have a better sensing ability. besides that cats are more human friendly. even small kids can play with cats.
@katenkim (240)
• Singapore
20 Jan 07
my pets are dogs and cats too, but i think this cat thing of yours is very cute. hope my pets do have some extraordinary cute behavior too
• India
20 Jan 07
Sounds cute.. But still we have this problem with our dog.. He plays with the water bowl and many a times he leaves it somewhere and we end up buying a new one...lol
@patootie (3593)
20 Jan 07
Both my cats loved water .. during the summer if they got too hot they would go to the bathroom and stand under the shower waiting for me to turn it on (cool water obviously) .. they both liked to paddle their feet in the garden pond and my male cat had a funny habit or laying on the edge of the pond so he could dip his tale in the water ... and then he would lash his tail up into the air and spring up to try and catch the falling water droplets .. totally mad .. he also cost me the price of several new paddling pools for the little girls next door .. if they left the plastic padling pool out with the water still in he would go and sit in it .. inevitably his claws would go through the bottom of the pool now and then
@pr_milu (455)
• India
20 Jan 07
Frankly speaking...I hate cats...
@muthus (62)
• India
20 Jan 07
Keep the cat out when you keep water for the dog, In few days it will change.
@moneymaka (496)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Why dont you just take the water bowl outside and your dog shouldnt be drinking same water as the cat, Im not a vet or anything but just sayin.
@not4me (1713)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I have a female cat (mixed breed) who is about 2 years old now and she still knocks down her water. She has this strong instinct to scratch at the air almost on the top of the bowl before she drinks. Often she knocks the bowl over instead. It was pretty frustrating at first but we just deal with it because there isn't much we can do. Also, bacteria and some light algae can grow in cheap watering systems so we don't use that and we can't afford a fancy one. This cat also likes to drink from the warm bathwater when my girls are taking a bath. Just the other day I caught her drinking out of our pool which wasn't cool because I had super-shocked it the day before.
@snow2007 (170)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
I had a kitten once that would do same i wake up his bowl is knocked over and water is on the floor but yea i had to move and get rid of it so i don't have one anymore.