2 yr old Female Cat splashing water - HELP


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Old 10-18-06, 11:29 AM
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Exclamation 2 yr old Female Cat splashing water - HELP

Hello everyone,

Thanks for the past help. This is an issue that was not as serious as the one we had with our male but it is becoming progressively more often.

Our female cat, Peanut, which is a Russian Blue mix drinks her water with her paw. She has always done this and occassionally would splash the water. Now everytime she wants a drink she soaks the kitchen with splashings.

We do not believe that it is the bowl because we keep it and all the animal dishes very clean. She also goes over to our dog's water bowl and does the same thing. Our dog and cats share their water bowls with each other. They are on opposite sides of the kitchen but depending on which direction they enter from and how thursty they are they will stop at the closest bowl.

How can we stop this splashing before it starts to ruin the kitchen floor or become a slipping accident?

As always thank you for your thoughts and advice.

Regards,

Doug
 
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Old 10-18-06, 12:22 PM
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Are you possibly using reflective bowls "like stainless steel" ?? The cat may be seeing its reflection in the bowl and don't want to put its face up to it.
 
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Old 10-18-06, 12:28 PM
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Re: Reflective Bowl

Thanks for the thought Mattison, but the bowls are dishwasher safe Ceramic. They are dark colors with no reflective features. We do not wash them in the dishwasher however, since we need to return them to use immediately we hand wash and towel dry them.

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Doug
 
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Some cats like drinking water with a paw. Playful cats who like to make everything an adventure may do so. If water bowl is too small, the bowl may offends its whiskers. If bowl is too large, it may be overwhelming. Some cats like to test the depth of the water, so keeping water level or placing a design in the bottom of the bowl from which cat can judge depth may deter the behavior. Water bowl can be placed on a rug or mat to absorb splashes and prevent accidents.
 
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Hi Doug,

I have a 16 year old cat that still likes to splash his drinking water. He's not too ambitious a splasher so I keep his bowl on a plastic tray to catch the splashes. It's something he's done since he started drinking. He was born here, so he's been with us since day one.

Cats are so independent that they don't feel they have to please anyone but themselves, so they are more difficult to train then dogs. Maybe you could give him his own water bowl that can be placed in a lesser used bathroom sink that he can access. I've heard of that done.

I have 4 dogs that love to drool water after they drink. I have to use a vinyl/neoprene or rubber type backed mat to catch the hefty dribble as a throw rug isn't waterproof enough. I think I got it at Home Depot. This is what they look like.
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Cool Big Splashes

Thanks Twelvepole and Newt. Peanut is a very playful cat so I can see that in her. We have a rubber backed mat under the bowls but she hits the water so hard that it splashes beyond the mat and all over the floor and walls. I hate to scream at her but I have been doing this recently everytime I am in the area and hear her hitting at the water. She does walk away when I do scream. I plan to try placing something with a design in the bottom of the bowl to see if that deters her.

Anyone else with a thought or 2 would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,

Doug
 
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Old 10-19-06, 08:18 PM
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Hmm, I had a cat who used to do this, and we had one of those autofilling type waterbowls, you can well imagine the mess...

The only thing I can suggest, and it will only work when you are in visual range...use a spray bottle to spray her when she splashes. A good one that stays primed is what you way, filled with plain old water and set to Stream. I have one that will actually spray a solid stream a good 15 feet.

I can't think of anything else that might be helpful, but the water bottle thing always works for training felines around our place...of course you _do_ have to catch them in the act..

Hope this helps!
 
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Question Drinking Alone

Hello everyone,

Well Peanut would be a good contestant on Survivor as she is out witting and out playing us. Instead of screaming at her when we caught her splashing the water we started using the water bottle. She now only drinks when no one is arround. She actually waits until everyone leaves the kitchen. Now the splashing is worse. I even tried putting a colorful tile in the bottom of the dark bowl thinking maybe she was doing it because she could not see the bottom of the bowl. That didn't help either. She splashes so much that the water follows over the rug and goes all over the floor walls and cabinets. We tried putting very little water in the bowl, but she still splashes to the point that no water is left in the bowl.

Any other advise?

Thanks,

Doug
 
 

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