Cat Splashes Water Out of Bowl

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April 24, 2013

Cat Who Loves To Play In Water - cat pawing at water in its dishMy 3 year old cat loves to splash the water out of his bowl. He still drinks out of the bowl, but loves to play with the water. He also comes in and drinks water from my bath when I'm in it. He will play with the bath water too, no matter how hot it is. If I'm soaking sore muscles I have it as hot as I can stand.


I also have 2 dogs who will eat the cat food more than their own if they can reach it, so I learned many years ago to keep the cat dishes (and litter box too, altho that's in a separate room) up out of the dogs' reach. I have my cat dishes on a "sofa table". It's higher than a coffee table and is perfect for feeding him on. It has a glass top so I don't have to worry about the wood getting ruined when he plays with his water.

To keep his dish from sliding around, I put some rubber shelf liner under it. Then I just lay a dish towel on top of the rubber to absorb the water. I simply replace the towel every morning. Now he's able to have fun playing in his water bowl, and I don't have the mess I used to have!

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January 15, 2012

My 3 year old female cat keeps moving her water bowl about 5 or 6 feet and then dumps it out on the floor. Can anyway tell me why she might be doing this?

By candybones from Stuttgart, AR


January 16, 20120 found this helpful
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Our cat used to like to play with her water bowl, too. Since I kept it on a small rug, I just stuck some Velcro on the bottom of the bowl & it stuck to the fibers in the rug.


She had to stand on the little rug to get to the water bowl, so when she pawed at it, nothing happened.

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June 15, 2011

One of my two tabby cats, the older (age 15ish) paws most of the water out of their water bowl. He then laps it up off the floor. This happens about 80% if the time. I've seen him drink out of the bowl normally.

I've heard a pet water fountain bowl may work. He loves to lap water from the bathroom sink drain stopper area as the faucet trickles over an ear. I cannot buy a $30-$50 fountain bowl.
Help! He makes a mess and the boot tray isn't helping contain the water!

By Faith Schwieters P.


June 15, 20110 found this helpful

Try getting a wider bowl. I read somewhere that cats don't like their whiskers to touch the sides of the bowls. Maybe that will help. :-)

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June 15, 20110 found this helpful

Just had a strange idea, how about taking a sponge that is smaller then bowl and putting it in there. Leaving enough room around sponge so that he can get to water.


But sponge would keep him from being able to splash it out. I've had dogs do this, figured they were playing because they didn't do it all the time.

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June 16, 20110 found this helpful

Hmm....I may combine both ideas! Thanks! :)

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June 16, 20110 found this helpful

You don't want a cat fountain. The cats like them, but they are dirty. They only filter the particulate matter, not bacteria and other nasties. The pump gets loaded with gunk and slimy stuff and the whole thing needs to be completely taken apart at least weekly for a thorough cleaning.


You are better off with a bowl that you can clean properly, every day if necessary. My cat got very sick from drinking from a fountain. I threw it out, I wouldn't even offer it to someone else.

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June 16, 20110 found this helpful

I had a cat who would splash the water out. Then I realized he was washing the kitty litter off his feet. I ended up putting a towel down under the water dish and that helped keep the mess contained. He mostly drank his water from the bathroom faucet.

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June 17, 20110 found this helpful

We had a cat that used to do that also. He was aged also. We realized later on that he was going blind and that he was listening to the water gurgle as it went into the bowl, and he did the same thing with his feet in the bowl. The only thing that we found that worked was one of those big metal roasting pans with high sides and we put the water container inside the roaster pan, but not before the floor was ruined under the water container.


Sad to say, we later lost our precious cat, he passed away. We miss him all the time. I am not saying that your cat is going blind , but it doesn't hurt to have him checked to be sure..

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October 7, 20170 found this helpful

Great idea about wider mouth bowl so their whiskers don't hit side of bowl. Tried one of my oval kitchen ceramic bowls.
Female Maine Coon that loves water. Over to bowl, one front foot in bowl and the other foot dipping into water and splashing it out. Had to laugh but I give up they are just too smart for me.

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