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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
I start off by saying that we do not use any toilet bluing or any other additives to our toilet.

Paige has always been very curious about the toilet.. she comes in and sits with us when we're in the bathroom and often we find her balancing on the side of the bowl, playing with the toilet water. Occasionally she drinks from it, but it seems she's usually just checking it out as if going.. "why does this fountain spray the wrong way....?"
I thought it was mostly dogs that wanted to use the toilet as their water bowl.. does anyone elses cat do this?
post #2 of 28
Yes, a lot of cats do this and there are some funny pictures around showing cats drinking from the toilet. If it were me, I would discourage this and close the lid on the toilet.
post #3 of 28
i thought it was just socks that does this!!!!! he always balances around the bowl and tries to get his head in there, but thankfully he hasnt fallen in yer
post #4 of 28
All of my cats accompany me to the toilet. I haven't gone by myself in YEARS (when at home, that is!). Frodo is very curious about the toilet itself, but I don't let him drink from it. It is cleaned with harsh chemicals every day (jup, EVERY dang day!) because my daughter has a medical procedure every night which keeps her on the toilet for at least one hour a day and about 6 hours straight each weekend. So it has to stay spic and span. However, Frodo still loves the toilet. One of his favourite places to sleep is here:



post #5 of 28
Cats seem to be obsessed with the bathroom, toilet, bath, sink and everything else. I always keep the toilet seat down just to be safe.
post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 
Jason for whatever reason likes to keep the lid up and the seat up.. don't know why.. either way. I've been trying to wean him off this habit for so long, I don't think cats being fond of the toilet will change this habit.
Also, I'm waiting to see if she falls in.
post #7 of 28
I keep the toilet seat down all the time How ever , one day I had to go to pee and sit down on the toilet to do my thing and after being done I got up . I was turning around to flush and there come Angel my Orential Shorthair cat running , jumping up to the toilet seat right only the seat was still up . Yes she sure went down right into the toilet . After laughing off my head I was chasing down a cat smelling like urine . After a while I got her and she had a very much hated bath
post #8 of 28
I keep the lids closed here, but as soon as they are open and one of us is sitting upon one, it is open season. They love to jump up behind you, and sorry if this is too much information, look down at what we are doing. Bob once snuck a paw down the back of me and not realizing he was going to do this, I nearly jumped off the toilet. Come flush time, they will stand on their hind legs and watch the water swirl around. I nearly always have to push their paws away to close the lid when I'm done.
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
I keep the lids closed here, but as soon as they are open and one of us is sitting upon one, it is open season. They love to jump up behind you, and sorry if this is too much information, look down at what we are doing. Bob once snuck a paw down the back of me and not realizing he was going to do this, I nearly jumped off the toilet. Come flush time, they will stand on their hind legs and watch the water swirl around. I nearly always have to push their paws away to close the lid when I'm done.
That sounds like my home
I have one cat sometimes behind me and one or two cats on my lap
When Lily still was a kitten , about 6 month old maybe , she went on her hind legs and I was not paying to much attention to her , since she was and still is always up to something . There she goes with her paws in the toilet bowel playing with the water while I was sitting on it I almost jump right up Just like you Momofmany This is just to funny
post #10 of 28
I have heard of cats doing this, but none of mine ever have.
post #11 of 28
Dori isn't interested int he sink, the bath tub or the toilet. She only drinks water from her bowl. (She's quite stuck up ) She does like to cuddle with me while I am on the toilet
post #12 of 28
I just wanted to get serious for a minute. For those of you that keep the lid up, there is a possibility of your kitty drowning in the toilet. They may lean over into the toilet to drink or play with the water, slip in headfirst and because the surface is smooth, not be able to claw their way out. Their head is stuck underwater and they may drown. It is very much like toddlers drowning in a bucket with only a few inches of water in the bottom. For those who have partners that insist on the lid being up, please explain the danger to them. It takes very little effort and just a couple of seconds to put the seat down after you've used the toilet.

If your kitty prefers to drink out of the toilet, you can buy a ceramic bowl and put it near the toilet for them to drink from.
post #13 of 28
Thread Starter 
the only time Paige is interested in nuzzling me.. is she nuzzles my butt while I'm on the pot.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by Kumbulu
I just wanted to get serious for a minute. For those of you that keep the lid up, there is a possibility of your kitty drowning in the toilet. They may lean over into the toilet to drink or play with the water, slip in headfirst and because the surface is smooth, not be able to claw their way out. Their head is stuck underwater and they may drown. It is very much like toddlers drowning in a bucket with only a few inches of water in the bottom. For those who have partners that insist on the lid being up, please explain the danger to them. It takes very little effort and just a couple of seconds to put the seat down after you've used the toilet.

If your kitty prefers to drink out of the toilet, you can buy a ceramic bowl and put it near the toilet for them to drink from.
That is why I always keep the lid down , I have seen one of my cats ( it was a kittens at the time ) jump in there and almost did not come out any more . To this day I am glad I was home to fish the kitten out . Who knows what would of happen if I was not there at that time . From that day on , the lid was down and it was not easy to tell my son at a very young age ( 5 or 6 years old ) to keep the lid down including my husband
post #15 of 28
That's good advice.........our newest cat Tigger had a habit of drinking out of the toilet, even though fresh water was available where they feed. Well, we started shutting the lid, then he hopped up on the sink and tried to drink from there. So, I bought a pretty ceramic bowl, and now all 3 drink from it. I keep it next to the sink, those spoiled rotten, very loved stinkers!
post #16 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kumbulu
I just wanted to get serious for a minute. For those of you that keep the lid up, there is a possibility of your kitty drowning in the toilet. They may lean over into the toilet to drink or play with the water, slip in headfirst and because the surface is smooth, not be able to claw their way out. Their head is stuck underwater and they may drown. It is very much like toddlers drowning in a bucket with only a few inches of water in the bottom. For those who have partners that insist on the lid being up, please explain the danger to them. It takes very little effort and just a couple of seconds to put the seat down after you've used the toilet.

If your kitty prefers to drink out of the toilet, you can buy a ceramic bowl and put it near the toilet for them to drink from.
Amen to that Tania! I keep water bowls in both bathrooms.
post #17 of 28
I agree. I DELIBERATELY put chemicals in my toilet tank so that my husband and daughter would put the seat down. I know how much they love our kitty and that is the only way to persuade my husband to put the lid down, otherwise he says, "Oh, it's OK, that won't hurt him".

Years ago, I had a Siamese (full grown of course) who would actually use the toilet if the door to the room where her litter was got accidentally closed. Unfortunately, she never learned to flush afterwards.
post #18 of 28
I can only echo what Tania said. I remember reading a story on a German cat site about two years ago. The woman's kitten climbed up the shower curtain, which gave way, and the kitten fell in the toilet bowl and drowned. We keep the lid down, and have a water bowl in the bathroom. JC, like many cats, insists on accompanying us to the bathroom - I've never really figured out the fascination, except maybe the idea of a "captive audience".
post #19 of 28
Neither of mine drink from the toilet, but they like to watch it flush. Sam fell in (butt first) once and pretty much steers clear of it, but Sally has to have her head in there every time its flushed.
post #20 of 28
My friend started the habit of keeping the lid down at all times when not in use, and I started remembering to do it soon after. No icky water for our kitties :P

They do love the bathtub and sink, and climbing on top of the toilet
post #21 of 28
Sierra has never explored the toilet, but I keep the lid down at all times just in case! Have you guys seen the little childproof clamps made to prevent young children from lifting the lid? It's very easy for an adult to lift the lid by just pushing the little button and then it clicks back into place when you close it. Might help those who have exploring children!
post #22 of 28
Gandalf used to be complete intrigued by anything that had running water in it, whether it be the sink, toilet or bathtub. However after he fell in a few times, he avoids them for the most part. (That disgruntled look on his face, the first couple of times still makes me grin). However I do keep the lid down on the toilet just in case he or Samwise for some reason decide to become curious again.
post #23 of 28
I never had problem when Rosie was a kitten, but Sophie is a lot more of a dare devil than what Rosie was as a kitten so i make sure the toilet seat is down at all times.

Nothing seems to scare her, she dives all over the place, even me!, so it wouldn't suprise me if she was to take a fancy to the toilet bowl if the lid wasn't down.
post #24 of 28
My new kitten seems to be very confused about the loo, can't figure out how it works. He keeps walking around it and trying to peer up at the pipes and things.

The other two are more fascinated by the bathtub, Dexter used to catch my toes underwater. He loved to sit on the edge and watch ripples and then reach out and quickly stick in a paw and pat at my toes..very cute! DeeDee on the other hand wants us to open a tap just a little bit and she will sit in the bath staring at the little stream, she has this dreamy look on her face. I really wish I could figure out what she is thinking at that point.
post #25 of 28
Trent's never really had much of a fascination with the toilet, beyond watching it flush occassionally. Ophelia did.....once. They were still pretty little, under a year old, when Ophelia discovered the toilet. She was up on the seat, well her back end was up on the seat anyway, just checking things out (obviously I was watching the whole thing....). Trent, being the playful older brother that he is, just couldn't resist that little wiggling kitty butt. He looked up at me, and looked at her...then ran in the bathroom, smacked Ophelia on the butt and ran out! She slipped a little bit into the water, wet paws and I think a little bit of a wet nose and that was one mad kitten! I swear Trent was laughing!

Ophelia hasn't been interested in the toilet since then.
post #26 of 28
Thread Starter 
Aww how cute.. the funniest thing I ever saw in my life was paige trying to shake bubble bath off her paw.. this was of course right after trying to lick it off, which she found out to be a bad idea. luckily I don't think she ingested any, and she's no longer at all interested in bubble baths.
post #27 of 28
Heidi thats so funny, thats something i can imagine Sophie doing
post #28 of 28
Grissom likes the toilet too. We keep catching him at it. He doesn't drink the water, or watch it spin, or even play in it. He just likes to stand on his hind legs and let him paws dangle in it. It's a bit disturbing.
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