You may want to try a bigger bowl. I am not sure what size bowl you have now, but Melody only has one kidney so it is very important to keep her drinking. It used to be a hassle to get her anywhere near the water bowl, untill my husband moved in after we got married. He brought with him a dog bowl and we filled that with water since we have soo many kitties. It worked great and they all are always at the water bowl now and Melody's health has improved dramatically. If the bowl is too small and their whiskers touch the sides then I think they tend to shy away from it, but if there is plenty of room to "move" then they are fine. Just a thought you may want to try adding in some ice cubes to lure your kitten to the water bowl and make it something to play with as well, if nothing else, it get's him a little water on the paws to lick off!