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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Old Deaf Roadie, Sep 15, 2020.
Is watering your cat a euphemism for something?
Those recirculating water cat dishes are nasty IMO. Think about it. Are you going to wash the innards daily? Can you even get to them? What do you think will grow in there? Would you water your kids out of one?
Plus it's plastic, electronics, energy, and money used completely unnecessarily. All you need to do is put some water out in a dish, and wash it once a day.
Get a bowl that is heavy and/or rubber bottomed. If she makes a mess, get a mat with raised edges. A thick enough ceramic bowl usually has enough weight to keep it from being moved.
I use water and food dishes of the Dura-Pet brand. Stainless steel with rubber bottoms. I've had them for I don't even know how long. I expect to never need to buy any more food or water dishes again.
P.S. They make a non-tip design, which I have not tried. Perhaps a little large for a cat water dish, but having the extra water weight might actually help. Just make sure to wash it out daily, not just when it runs dry. It might still be able to be pushed...but not if you also have it on a rubber mat with a raised lip.
I keep 3 bowls all over the house. yes they paddle foot in the water to slosh it around IMO bec before they stick their face into the bowl they want to see the level of the water. dont want to take a bath ya know.
your kitty is too cute .. I just love kitties!!
I thought I'd put an old casserole pot on the veranda for the cat to drink out of....
within 15 mins the local birds spotted it... chased the cat away and took over....
all the local birds big and small drink/bathe here daily... it's fun to watch... I have to refill the bowl every day if they splash it all out...
Our cat prefers drinking from a glass/cup.
My Kitties have always had a preference for a Pyrex Bowl,
the 1 quart size. Also, I keep a 1/2 Gallon of Ice Water as
they find anything else uncivilized. Their bowl gets cleaned
The Pyrex Bowl can be found at The Market.
I feel like saying I just put an ice cube on their backs every couple weeks... That wouldn't offend any cat parents here, would it?
We put our cat's food and water dishes on a boot mat that has sides. Keeps all the mess contained. Water in one of these
I read somewhere that cats, at least some of them, really don't like to have their whiskers touching the sides of bowls, so flat plates for food, and wide, low bowls for water.
We have, in a dozen years with ours, found there's only one or two mats that one of them will leave alone and not try to pick up and overturn everything, but a heavy one with some kind of raised lip would be what I look for. They don't have opposable thumbs so they're going to leave a mess sometimes...
We've got four cats and all four drink from a Petsafe Pagoda Fountain. Had it for over ten years. They do require cleaning often (every other day for us) and use filters, one charcoal filter and a foam filter that must be replaced fairly regularly (we get two weeks out the charcoal filter and a couple of months out the foam filter).
They aren't cheap. $80 on Amazon.
Perhaps with a squeeze-grip nozzle attached to a garden hose?
My cat prefers a heavy pint glass.
But she drinks so enthusiastically from this that she covers her head in water.
Oh yeah, rub it in
Our male cat is the same way. We have two cats and a dog and used one of the water cooler style bowls as a communal watering hole. When the water got low enough, it got light enough for the cat to smack around and make a mess. Now we use a big, heavy dog bowl. We have to clean and refill more often, but I'm sure that's a good thing.
We have also always kept a little plastic bowl in the empty bathtub. It's somewhat of a ritual for us to pour in water little by little while he attacks it. We all get our amusement with no mess to worry about and it serves as an alternative water source for the kitties.
I am concerned at the number of cat men on this forum.
Are there male counterparts to the crazy old cat ladies that do not receive the same attention and notoriety?
Water in a bowl.... The latest one likes to dump the bowl or cover with things. We got a wide anti tip bowl. problem solved
Bathing a cat is a great example of a bad idea.
Mine would drink out of the glass of water on my nightstand, sometimes knocking it off.
I got into the habit of finishing whatever water was in the glass before bedtime.