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#1 Bob-the-skull

Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:02 PM

Our new rescue (renamed to shadow because that what everyone has started calling him because he follows everyone around) has a weird habit...

if he is thirsty instead of drinking from his nice clean bowl of water he jumps in to the bath tub and meows until someone comes and turns the tap on to a dribble for him to drink from it!

now whilst annoying when we are busy we can cope with that when we are at home... but there are times where he is home by himself during the day whilst i work/kids at school... i don't know if he is actually drinking from his bowl (it has only just occurred to me to check the levels which i will when we get home)...

any ideas on why he does this and how to encourage drinking from his bowl? i have taken him out from the bath and back to his water bowl but he just glares at you and goes back to the bath!

#2 HRH Countrymel

Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:13 PM

My old boy was like that..

They like it dripping from the tap because it is fresh running water.

What kind of bowl has he got?  I always provided a ceramic one as plastic is just too blergh to drink from anyway.  (he did drink from his water bowl if absolutely forced - and in the latter years he had kidney issues so he was drinking a lot and got less precious about it)

We used to pander to my boy and leave a tap 'just' dripping for him.. and woe betide anyone who turned it off!

An alternative could be to fix a water bottle like they have in rabbit cages so that the water is still semi free flowing.

#3 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:16 PM

A cat drinking fountain will do the job for Shadow the Cat.

#4 Carmen02

Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:16 PM

my cats are fussy on the type of water bowl we have..we have found one that has worked for quite a while but lately I have found them drinking out of the toilet  sick.gif when their bowl is perfect! will a change of bowl help? I saw the best one at the vet today but it cost a bomb...running water into a bowl from the tap im guessing i didnt see one near by...should look up a link

#5 rainycat

Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:19 PM

My beautiful girl that has just died recently cry1.gif did this for 14 years.  It didn't matter what sort of water bowl i gave her she preferred the tap.  She had a collar with a double bell and would wildly ring to get the tap turned on and then ring again and again until you turned the tap off.  She never wanted a drink from the kitchen tap, just the bathroom or laundry.
She just loved the fresh flowing water and it was one of her many quirks.  Miss her so much.
I have seen water bowls that have dripping water maybe you can try that.
Good luck trying to make him change his ways!

#6 Bob-the-skull

Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:41 PM

he did have a plastic dish and now has a stainless steel bowl...

i have a feeling we will just leave a tap dribbling for him with something under it to catch it.

#7 Apageintime

Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:10 PM

I have a cat the same, we got him one of the cat water fountains similar to the one suggested above.

It came from petbarn and was about $50. All my cats love it!

#8 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:55 PM

I think it's a fairly standard cat thing. wink.gif

My old girl would only drink out of a glass. It started because DH and I always used to take a glass of water each to bed. We thought it was cute as a kitten but it got to the point where she would only drink out of a glass. rolleyes.gif

#9 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

I used to put an extra glass of water on the table when we were eating (before DD arrived). Otherwise the cat helped herself to mine.

What's mine is mine, and what's your's is mine.

I know that rule ever so well. laugh.gif

#10 PurpleNess

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:23 PM

Totally normal, my two do this, one likes our ensuite sink tap, the other a tea cup on my bedside table ( don't ask).

We have a fountain but they ignored it, I found the water warmed up & wasn't nice. If Shadow is really thirsty I'd suggest she'll find somewhere to drink so just have fresh water in a couple of places. :-)

Enjoy the 1am meow 'I'm thirsty' wakeups lol

#11 Bob-the-skull

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:21 PM

he does appear to drink from his bowl as the level does change so thats a good sign...

however apparently i have lost the right to a sleep in when the kids aren't here as he sits on the edge of the bed tapping me until i get up and feed him!

#12 Luxe

Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:27 PM

Mine drink less from the bath/shower after buying this teardrop pioneer cat fountain. I like that if the power goes off they still have a decent area to drink out of. My older cat likes the pool where as my kitten likes drinking from the fountain part.

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