One of my cats has a peculiar habit — he likes to go around the house knocking over any water bowl he can find. Pet experts say that this is because of one of the following:
- He’s trying to play — it’s a game.
- He prefers to lick the water off of the floor or his paw.
- They like to see the water in movement (which is why many cats prefer running fountain water).
In my case, I think it’s because my cat just likes to have a little fun and get a reaction out of me! Not only does it give me a mess to clean up — it’s a waste of the crisp, cool spring water that I buy for them and could cause his siblings to go without water for a period of time until I return home.
I’ve tried a number of solutions to stop this annoyance, having learned that he’s not going to stop doing it. I tried using heavier bowls, but wouldn’t you know it — this cat is persistent. He’s a big guy, tall, lean and strong, so he can move a heavy bowl too. He will keep pushing the bowl until all of the water finally splashes out.
I also tried using velcro pads to keep the bowl in place. Again, he would stay at it — pawing at the bowl until the velcro pulled the paint up from the surface (this particular bowl was located on a window ledge).
So I finally found a simple, albeit crude, way of keeping my cat from knocking over his water bowl. Here it is:
Just take a long strip of Gorilla tape (the best of the best) then strip it in half. You can then attach it to the wall as shown or put it in a corner of the room attached to the wall. To date, my little loveable water splasher hasn’t been able to knock this bowl over or even get it to move. The one downside is that the Gorilla tape is so strong that it might take some paint off of your wall. Also, it’s difficult to rinse out the bowl — better to just wipe it out with a clean paper towel when it’s low on water.
Another alternative (which I also have in my kitchen) is to buy a Drinkwell Water Fountain for Cats. He’s so obsessed with the running water dripping down that he doesn’t bother trying to move it around.
So those are my solutions for how to stop your cat from knocking over water bowls. Enjoy your cats, love them and keep them hydrated!
Posted by Louise
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