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December 8, 2008

Cat Bullet


Filed under: Cat Stories — Cat @ 10:38 am


I am having a battle of wits with my cat.

I don’t think I am winning.

Ever since I have had Purrcy, he has gone through “phases” where he plays with the water in the water bowl. This current phase seems to be more active than previous ones. I’ll come home and the bowl is empty and all of the water is on the floor or soaked into the kitchen rugs.

Lately, the bowl has been moving around the kitchen. I’ve been trying various techniques, to no avail.

I tried putting the bowl in a rectangular plastic container. Nope, that was found upside down (with the bowl underneath it).

I tried putting the bowl sitting on a towel (to soak up the water before it goes everywhere). Disaster. I actully found bowl and towel downstairs in the basement, and all of the water in between. I can picture Purrcy, towel clenched in teeth, running down the stairs pulling the towel and bowl behind him…

Yesterday, I put the bowl in a heavy ceramic baking dish and put a no-slip grippy pad under the baking dish. I hadn’t taken two steps away from the setup when I heard a splash and turned around.

Purrcy was standing with both of his front feet in the water dish and I could tell that he was trying to get the baking dish to move.


Poor Taffy is frantic from thirst. I have taken to calling her over when I fill the bowl and standing guard so that she can get a drink before Purrcy starts his “thing”. I do this twice a day, and can only hope that it is enough for her.

I left the bowl with just a tiny bit of water in it this morning so at least there is a limit to how much mess Purrcy can make.

If the baking dish makes it 24 hours without being moved, I may try putting the water directly in that (avoiding the bowl altogether).

We will see.

Has anyone else gone through this with a cat?

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  1. Awwwww! He just wants to play! A Pet Store must have some solution. There are a lot of heavy water bowls for dogs. Maybe that would help.
    Ptarmi used to do that. She would get a drink, then put her paw on the edge of the dish and tip it over.We kept her water bowl outside so it wasn’t so hard on the rugs.

    Comment by Mom — December 8, 2008 @ 11:05 am
  2. Pedro still likes the drinking it running out of the bathroom faucet. I am afraid the get one of those circulating water bowls for fear he will become a “Purrcy” as well. But I do want him to get his water whenever he wants it. Maybe a motion detected gadget on the bathroom faucet (million dollar idea for the pet suppliers). Is Purrcy drinking any of the water that he is playing in, is the question? Hope the rest of your world is doing well. Donna

    Comment by Donna W — December 8, 2008 @ 11:13 am
  3. I love the picture you have posted with this article. I can see the thought bubble above his head now…


    Comment by Dave — December 8, 2008 @ 11:23 am
  4. Great picture! Poor Taffy :( I really hope the baking dish helps with Purrcy’s crazy water activities :)

    Comment by Terrie — December 8, 2008 @ 11:49 am
  5. Ive seen those self watering bowls that looks like a one of those water coolers you see at work. with the jug turned upside down and filling the small bowl below might help. it would be impossible for that silly black cat to knock the whole thing over. I hope you are feeling better!

    Comment by kari s. — December 8, 2008 @ 12:53 pm
  6. Kari: Yes, it would be impossible to knock the whole thing over. But it is completely possible to splash and splash and splash in the water bowl until the ENTIRE gallon is spread all over the kitchen floor.

    Ask me how I know….

    Comment by Cathy R — December 8, 2008 @ 1:05 pm
  7. Maybe you should get one of those hampster water bottles, so they can drink out of it when they need water. He, he…..coming from an non-cat owner! Perrcy would probably carry the water bottle downstairs :)

    Comment by Nachaele Olson — December 8, 2008 @ 5:02 pm
  8. Will either of them drink out of the toilet? I have one that loves to do that. Sounds like you have one strong cat. I will have to do some thinking on this one……….Cheryl

    Comment by cheryl — December 8, 2008 @ 8:23 pm
  9. My first though was also the toilet. Try leaving the seat up if it looks like too long a stretch.

    My cats also drink from water-filled dishes (waiting to be washed) in the sink.

    Comment by sue — December 9, 2008 @ 5:21 pm
  10. At least you don’t have a cat that seems to like to go swimming. Baldr has been into the lake at least five times – at which point he walks in and proceeds to drip-dry in the middle of the floor. Or, he’ll bring up whatever fish, piece of pond scum, or fishing lure he was chasing and leave it on the floor.

    As for the water baby, you might want to get one of the heavy dog bowls. It may not stop him from splashing, but he’ll be hard pressed to move a bowl as heavy as he is.


    Comment by Wyatt — December 10, 2008 @ 12:22 am

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