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Strange new waterbowl thing- HELP

post #1 of 19
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Starting last night, Zissou has started tipping over her waterbowl. She always would dip her paw into it, but now she's tipping it over, scooting it to spill it, basically anything she can do to spill it all over the floor. When I was home for lunch today, she tipped it over once, so I cleaned it up and refilled it. Then She did it again. Three times. When I try to put water in it she just throws it all over the floor. So right now she doesn't have any water, since she is not drinking it and just dumping it everywhere anyway.
Why is she doing this all of a sudden? How do I stop it? I'll give her a half bowl before I go to bed, I'm just sick of mopping the floor for today.
Her water bowl is one of the stainless steel flat bowls with the rubber grip on the bottom. Is that the prob? Its the same one she's always had.
post #2 of 19
My cat started doing the same thing, and I think she kept doing it just cause she found it so amusing... She did it once, thought "hey this is great" and kept doing it. Fortunately she only did it with her auto-refill bowl (looks like a water cooler) and not with her ceramic water bowl.

But here's an idea - maybe it would prevent her from tipping it if you purchase one of those bowl sets that sits down into a wire frame, elevated a few inches off the ground. Kinda like this one: http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...=1142295801150

Not sure she would be able to do any damage to that!
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hmmm...
I tried to make kind of an elevated bowl holder thing out of a popcorn box, and, well, she pulled at it and just glooped the water out just as effectively. She doesn't knock it over so much as play the edge like a guitar string.
I gave her just a wee bit in case she gets thirsty, and she hasn't done it since. Ugh!!!
She drinks so much water that I want to give her more, but I sure don't want a flooded kitchen!
Did your cat stop doing it eventually?
post #4 of 19
What about getting her a fountain. I got this one and all of my kitties love it! Since she loves to drink, it would be ideal since it holds a lot of water. Plus it's too heavy for her to tip over!
post #5 of 19
My cat used to do this all the time when she was littler. It drove us CRAZY.

What I did was I put a plastic mat under her eating area, and replaced her metal bowls with ceramic ones. I think she liked the noise that the water made in the metal bowl, and maybe the light was making interesting patterns that she wanted to swat at in the water.

A few changes saved my sanity... Good luck!
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
Hmmm...
I tried to make kind of an elevated bowl holder thing out of a popcorn box, and, well, she pulled at it and just glooped the water out just as effectively. She doesn't knock it over so much as play the edge like a guitar string.
I gave her just a wee bit in case she gets thirsty, and she hasn't done it since. Ugh!!!
She drinks so much water that I want to give her more, but I sure don't want a flooded kitchen!
Did your cat stop doing it eventually?
No, we just took away the water cooler-type bowl and left the ceramic one that she didn't mess around with. Fortunately that worked for us.
post #7 of 19
Shay did that all the time. I bought a huge, heavy, ceramic dog bowl for her water and that solved the problem.
post #8 of 19
My dog does it all the time, drives me mad and with 4 dogs and 4 cats it means they are all without water.

Can you gat those water flountains big enough for dogs as well ?
post #9 of 19
Whatever you do or don't do about a bowl, you must give her access to water during the day, or else you could be looking at kidney disease or worse. She may not understand that she's being 'bad' in your eyes, maybe she thinks it's fun to watch the water track across the floor (cats love moving water), but regardless of what a nuisance she's being, you must not deprive her of water. I'm sure you can figure out a way to deal with it even short term - i.e. some well cleaned rocks in the bottom of a large bowl, the kind of pet bowl with a wide flat base often used for dogs, etc.
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
I only took her water away for about three hours. I was asking for advice because since she knocks it all over the floor she doesn't have any water to drink anyway.
post #11 of 19
When I got my cats a couple of months ago the breeders had fountains. I used ceramic bowls...for a very short time....because they kept hurling them. I guess it was their protest so i would go out and buy them a fountain. They seem to drink more water from the fountain too.
post #12 of 19
I have one who likes to play in the water too and if I use one of the metal bowls, guaranteed it will end up upset with water on the floor. I have BIG bowls now - a ceramic mixing bowl and a ceramic 'bean pot' that each take lots and lots of water - thus they are too heavy to move around or tip over. What my water player now does is tap at the surface of the water with her paws and watches the water ripple. It doesn't matter if it is fresh water or sitting for a day - she still does this and sometimes drinks afterwards but often not. I think she enjoys the water rippling. The bean pot is actually all of my cats' favourite drinking bowl - outside of the dripping faucets of course. Try putting a bigger heavier bowl out and see how that works. Good luck.
post #13 of 19
Our Sunny did this. We went to a hardware store (Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.) and bought very strong velcro. We attached one side to the bowl, and the other to the floor (we had a tile floor...would work with linoleum, too). This prevented her from being able to dump the bowl over.
post #14 of 19
Try a different kind of bowl because with the metal bowls they can't see the water level very good, so maybe he's tipping it over to get water. We have a plastic bowl for our cats.
post #15 of 19
Plastic has been linked to skin problems around kitties mouths. We use large heavy bowls too. We have kitties that will tip over anything with water in it, vases of flowers, melted ice at the bottom of the glass, Just about anything with a bit of water in it. Sure teaches kids to put their dishes away! Wish I could figure out a way to keep my flowers upright though!
post #16 of 19
My cat dumps over every container of water- even my own! I started leaving a cup filled with water in the kitchen sink; that way, if she dumps it over, at least it isn't going to make a big mess. That's her favorite place to drink now, besides when I plug & fill up the bathroom sink for her. I know not everyone wants their cat all over the kitchen counters, but it doesn't bother me.
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hmmmm...
Well, I have started putting the smaller bowl's amount of water in the heavy ceramic mug, but she is still tipping it over all the time. It's so weird that she's just started this out of nowhere.
Thank you all for the suggestions. I rent, so I can't attach anything to the floor, although that is a good idea. Maybe I can think of a way to use that without sticking it to the actual floor.
When I get more spare $ I will think about getting a fountain. Although, I bet she'll tip that over somehow!
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
I got some velcro today and stuck the water bowl to the floor. It seems to be working! Although she keeps trying to dump it over but can't! Yay! Thanks for the advice Maher!
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
I got some velcro today and stuck the water bowl to the floor. It seems to be working! Although she keeps trying to dump it over but can't! Yay! Thanks for the advice Maher!
Lol...yeah, she'll try for a couple days. You should be able to take it off again in a few months. She'll have stopped trying by then, and as long as she's not around when you take it off, she'll still think she's not able to tip it. (Of course, wouldn't hurt to just keep it on there!) So glad I could help!!
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