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I have a very unique cat who absolutely LOVES to tip over water dishes, even when they are clean and filled with cool, fresh water. He used to drink from a running sink when he was a kitten and I now own one of those Drinkwell water fountains, and he seems to love that too.

Lately though, even though I do clean the fountain every week and am constantly re-filling it, he likes to stick his paws into the water and scoop it out onto the floor, and then lick the moisture off of his paws. He has also started eating dry food by holding a single piece in his paw and brining it up to his mouth. While the latter behavior is adorable, even if he drops a few pieces onto the floor each time, the splashing water is getting very annoying.

I can't tell if he is playing or signaling to me that he doesn't like it. I have tried turing the motor off, but he did the same thing. He still drinks out of it regularly, but then splashes it. If he is playing or not, is there something I can do to discourage his behavior? I am really sick of cleaning large puddles of water up two to four times a day. Thank you!!
post #2 of 9
I do not know how to discourage it, but Sport does something similar with his dry food. I do simpathize with you, because I thought that cleaning up kibble off of the floor was a pain...I can't imagine having to deal with water....but it is cute.

Rob & Sport
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I do not know how to discourage it, but Sport does something similar with his dry food. I do simpathize with you, because I thought that cleaning up kibble off of the floor was a pain...I can't imagine having to deal with water....but it is cute.

Rob & Sport
Persi does the same thing with his kibble, but only if the bowl is not as full as he thinks it should be. If he doesn't quit this nonsense, I will just put the kibble on the floor to begin with!
post #4 of 9
Some cats just do that, I think.

Maybe put a towel under the fountain, so it'll absorb the water?
post #5 of 9
Could you cat be a bengal mix? Most bengals love to play in water.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
all possible.... and I have put the base to a dish drainer set under it to catch most of it

and it is possible he has some bengal in him, he is a huge cat for his age (slender and 15 pounds at a year and 4 months) and is a tiger-tabby (black and that pretty yellowish-off white with stripes and and spots on his tummy).

I think I will just have to live with the problem it seems, oh well. at least it's the worst of his vices
post #7 of 9
Same problem here . I don't have a fountain, but I ended up getting a no - tip bowl with rubber on the bottom so he couldn't scoot the bowl across the room. With my other bowl, I put the bowl inside a tupperware container so when they decide to play it just splashes inside the container.
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post #8 of 9
Yeah my little tortie does this. I got plastic bowls with rubber bottoms at PetSmart in the doggy dish aisle.
post #9 of 9
This is an never ending battle for me too. I've just gotten so used to it than it doesn't even phase me anymore. When I dump out the water dish in the sink to freshen the water, the cats will come charging, jump up on the sink and want to start pawing at the water dish before it is even full. Then I set it down and they run over there and start pawing at it. Before I know it I have little puddles all over. I don't know how to stop it either, just consider it "part of da' boys." When thinking about all the things cats can do, I consider myself lucky if that's the worst thing!!
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