(Closed) my cat is driving me insane.

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My cats refuse to drink out of bowls, so you got me. They like to drink out of glasses or a plastic water pitcher the weirdos. Is the bowl too tall for him maybe? My little one would knock over the water pitcher every day because she was pulling herself up to reach inside.  OTOH, is it too shallow? Maybe a deeper bowl with steeper sides but don’t fill it up so much so if he knocks it it doesn’t slosh?!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Cats are smart. After a day or two of having no water to drink while you’re gone, she’ll get the message. In the meantime, does the cat have access to the bathroom? You can stop the sink and fill it half way with water so kitty can drink when she wants and has nothing to knock over.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@Mrs.ChubbyBunny: Wonderful points.

The other option would be to try a water fountain, like this one from Amazon.
Regardless, Mrs. Chubby Bunny is right. If she’s left with no water, she’ll survive (of course, not forever but you know what I mean; if you’re only gone a short time), and she’ll learn.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Mrs.ChubbyBunny: I was about to say the same thing!

Fill the sink up with water (do it in the kitchen if he/she gets up there more.) Or in the bathroom if that is where kitty likes to be. I know this works because my cats had knocked over their water bowl while I was napping. I had just filled it up before taking a nap so when I woke up I didn’t think twice about refilling. I noticed a couple hours later one of my cats in the sink licking the faucet! I knew right after what happened. So cats are very smart & will find water if there is some in their reach.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What about one of those stands that hold food and water bowls up off the ground a little bit?

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My cat knocks over his water bowl too.  And pushes it around.  I bought him a really nice pet fountain and it was a complete waste.  My solution was to use a BIG Anchor glass bowl (a big mixing-bowl type thing) that’s just too heavy for him to knock over when it’s full.  He still drops his toys in the water though. 

When we go out of town, I place several big, heavy bowls of water around the apartment.  And as an emergency back-up, I leave the toilet seat up!  ha!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What about one of those stands that hold food and water bowls up off the ground a little bit?

Post # 9
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Busy bee

My cats knock their water bowl over all the time. They also like to stick their paws in and splash it around. I never really worry about them – they lick the taps, they hop in the tub and lap up puddles, they drink from the toilet… I dunno, I guess they really hate something about fresh clean water. 😛

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Lol MY cat does this!!! We’ll come home & water will be EVERYWHERE!! I think its hilarious to watch :).

We use a dog bowl now. Its a good size, its not super heavy, but there’s just SO much water in it, that even if he splashed around, there’s still plenty of water in it. Plus the larger amount of water weighs the bowl down.

The fountain doesn’t work. He ended up splashing it anyways, & somehow he made a bigger mess. At least, for my cat. He just tries to attack the running water.

My suggestion is to get one of those metal buckets (so long as your cat can reach) & fill it up. At my pet store, they sell them in a few different sizes, 5 gal, 8 gal, 12 gal, then those really big ones. I’m pretty sure we have the 5 gallon one. Make sure if he jumps into it, he won’t drown. So you don’t want the bucket to be too deep. Maybe put some rocks at the bottom to help weigh it down? Maybe combine that. Get a deeper bucket & put rocks on the bottom, which will help weigh it down & if he falls in, he can touch the bottom. I haven’t tried this because my cat will then just try to attack the rocks on the bottom.

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

@sugarcube: My cats did this and I ended up getting them a $60 ceramic fountain from Petco which is way too heavy for them to flip. I realize you think it’s extravagant, which is fine, but having a dry hallway and carpet is well worth the $60 to me. As a bonus, they love it and drink a ton more water than I saw them doing before.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

For my cat, (he refused to drink out of the water bowl if the puppy drank out of it) if we were leaving for a couple of days we would leave the facuet in the kitchen or bathtub dripping/dribbling so that he could get the water when he wanted it, and couldn’t make a huge mess. We wouldn’t fill it up, because one day he jumped/fell into the sink full of water and made an even bigger mess. FH and I found it entertaining…but he was very mad at us, and didn’t talk to us for a few days.

 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Or maybe something like this (elevated, but you’d want something more sturdy so if your cat leaned against it, it wouldn’t get knocked over): http://www.petco.com/product/102574/PETCO-Stainless-Steel-Diner.aspx?CoreCat=firstinresult_dogbowls

Or something like a bowl with re-freezable liquid inside (it keeps the water bowl cooler longer & also helps to weigh it down). I have one for my dog & its great but my cat hasn’t been around it since I keep it at work: http://www.smarthome.com/6216/Chill-A-Bowl/p.aspx

& I’d leave the toilet bowl open, I mean I’d rather my cat have access to toilet water than no water. Also, if you have a bathtub, you could fill it up with like an inch of water.

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