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I love Leo, but he is driving me nuts

post #1 of 15
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Ok, now i know this doesn't sound like a huge deal, but my Leo is driving me insane. I wanted to make sure they had enough water so I bout a dog bowl that hold like half a gallon or something. Well it has those little notches on the bottom sides, you know for your fingers or whatever, well Leo seems to think that these must be some kind of toy or something. He keeps sticking his paw under them and dragging the bowl across the floor. it wouldn't be a big deal except that it usually ends up spilling half the bowl of water all over the floor. I have tried moving the bowls, i looked under it there is nothing there, I have no idea why he does this or how to get him to stop, there have been a few times that i have seen him flip the bowl completely over and dumped the whole thing all over. I just wish i knew what is so fascinating about the bowls, he has done it to every bowl I have put down......if it has water in it. They have the same bowl for their hard food and he doesn't bother that one. I just don'r get it. Does anyone else have a problem like this? I don't know what to do.....
post #2 of 15
I have the opposite problem. My Slinky drags her dry cat food bowl all over the kitchen, sometimes she empties it sometimes not. she doesnt bother her water bowl or her wet food dish either. I cant figure her out.
post #3 of 15
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It is strange.......I don't understand. When i first got him I had one of those two-sided diner bowls and he did the same thing to that, so i tried to change the bowl, plus since i had 2 cats i thought that the smaller bowl wasn't big enough. Now he does the same thing but only to the water, I empty their bowl daily incase any dry food falls into it or just to give them fresh water, I wouldn't want to drink the same water for days. I don't know what it is.....it drives me nuts. I have to clean up water almost everyday, sometimes more than once.
post #4 of 15
My Juno has this toy she would drop in her water bowl and then fish it out, over and over again. In doing this there was always water on the floor. My daughter suggested I put the water bowl on a cookie sheet with a side on it.She still plays in the water but now its easy clean-up.
post #5 of 15
Could you get a heavy stoneware bowl? He may still play in the water but if it were heavy enough, he cannot move it. I think some cats just like playing in their bowls. Not sure we'll ever understand why.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Bonnie1965 View Post
Could you get a heavy stoneware bowl? He may still play in the water but if it were heavy enough, he cannot move it. I think some cats just like playing in their bowls. Not sure we'll ever understand why.
I might have to get another bowl that is heavier.....I thought this one would be better but he seems fascinated by it for some reason, i have no idea why. I yell at him for playing in it but he does it again and again....lol. oh well I may have to make a trip to the pet store to see if i can find a good sized bowl that is heavier and maybe one that sits right against the floor too. maybe then he will not play with it.
post #7 of 15
I have one of those dispensers that hold agallon of water, and Pepper likes to push it around the dining room. I put it in a plastic shoe box to keep her from spilling the water. She still pushes it, but it doesn't get all over the place.
post #8 of 15
I have had this same problem before. Not with PHX but with my other cat Chewy (that doesn't live with me right now) Anyways, to the point. Chewy would knock over any water bowl he could find, and then drink out of the sink for his water. People thought I was crazy that my cat would only drink out of the sink. So I just took away his water bowl off the floor and put a bowl in the sink so that way the faucet would drip into the bowl up there. And to this day, that's how he drinks his water. Every cat is different,you just gotta learn what's best for that cat!
post #9 of 15
Tape over the notches?
post #10 of 15
I'm sorry to tell you this, but it seems very likely that your water contains what is commonly known in the cat community as "cooties." For an article describing this problem and what to do about it please see: http://howtoholdacat.blogspot.com/20...ne-is-cat.html

This will shed light on why cats are so silly about their water.

How to Hold a Cat
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by howtoholdacat View Post
I'm sorry to tell you this, but it seems very likely that your water contains what is commonly known in the cat community as "cooties." For an article describing this problem and what to do about it please see: http://howtoholdacat.blogspot.com/20...ne-is-cat.html

This will shed light on why cats are so silly about their water.

How to Hold a Cat
thanks for the article.....I usually do wash their bowl out frequently but i decided to try it anyway. I washed their bowl really well with a little bit of soap, dried it to make sure there was nothing left in it at all and taped up the notches on the side of the bowl then filled it up with fresh clean water. lets see if the tape helps, i hope so, i am sick of my carpet being wet, lol.
post #12 of 15
I am thankful I don't have this problem, but got a giggle out of it. Have you tried setting it inside a cake pan? That way, he'd not be able to get his little paws under the notches.

Stephanie
post #13 of 15
Gosh, I can't imagine why you don't want wet carpet! Keep us posted on what works. You never know when someone else will have the same problem.
post #14 of 15
Orion puts a mouse in the community water bowl, or a piece of dry food, I beleive it's to check the depth of the water because it's a shiny type of bowl and probably can't see the level. I have a food/pawpad rubber thingy under their food, and Olivia stopped draging the dry food off the rug, the pad has ridges, now she just leaves it on the pad. Closed doors get scratched, curiosity is a cat's meow. They always want to see what's on the other side. If nothing else works, glue the bowl to a small flat surface of something so you can still clean the bowl, like a small cookie sheet type of thing, Olivia is fasinated by a crease there is in an area rug I have in my living room, it's an area across the rug where it rises then goes back down to the floor. She keeps trying to get under/in it. I have to be careful about a lump under the rug now. It might be her. She likes hiding in the paper bags I bring home too, so I usually toss some catnip in one and a toy to keep her interested. However, the catnip makes her want to eat the paper, and I'm not sure i want her making paper poops, know what I'm sayin ! Can't be good for her. I did notice a change in behavior the other day with Olivia. Now she's taking a chunk of wet food and putting it on the rug, to eat it there...weird..Mike, Medford, Ore.
post #15 of 15
You might try putting stones or marbles or clean rocks in it. Maybe it's a depth perception problem. (We can hope anyway!)

Stephanie
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