My cat has a drinking problem.
August 14, 2007 11:19 AM Subscribe
My cat has a drinking problem. He is incapable of drinking water out of his water dish without making an extraordinary mess. My husband & I are trying to come up with a solution so that we can either contain the mess or stop it altogether, and we need your help!
posted by tastybrains to Pets & Animals (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
One of my cats, Smacky, just loves his water bowl. He loved his old water bowl and he really loves his new water bowl, which is actually a Drinkwell fountain.
He drinks the water, sure. His method for drinking water involves dipping his paw in, and then licking the water off of each individual "finger", rinse, repeat.
However, his love of his water bowl goes far beyond just quenching his little feline thirst.
Sometimes he just sits near it, gazing lovingly at the little stream of water trickling into the bowl. Sometimes he will pretend he is a mighty grizzly bear, and swipe at invisible salmon swimming by (getting water all over the kitchen in the process). And sometimes he just needs to make sure the water is still wet, so he dips his paw in and then shakes it out all over. We have tried reverting to a less FUN water bowl, but he makes his own fun. If it's wet, it's fun.
Because of this, the kitchen floor is often wet, with puddles around the water and food bowls and little wet pawprints everywhere else. In our old apartment, he managed to splash water on to the cabinets so frequently that it actually caused the veneer to start to peel off.
We have always kept the water fountain/bowl in a plastic tray with a wide lip to catch drips & spills, but his splashing goes WAY beyond that.
The thing is...we can't scold him or make it less appealing to drink water because he has had repeated problems with FLUTD with a severe urinary tract blockage in his past. So the more water he drinks, the better. But the water he's splashing all over isn't really helping his urinary tract or the floor in our new house.
We've had a couple of ideas as to how to contain the mess, but we have doubts about each one. Two of the ideas are: (1) Getting a large covered litterbox and putting the water fountain in there, to contain the splashing. (Doubt: Don't want to cause litterbox confusion, also don't want to encourage mold growth.) (2) Limiting access to the water so that he can only drink from the stream (Doubt: Don't want to restrict water intake, plus I don't see how this would work.)
Has anyone come up with any solutions to a similar problem? Any other ideas? It's a plus if it's inexpensive and not too much of an eyesore.