Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Backwards Edition of WFMW- The Cat's Water

This week Rocks In My Dryer is hosting a Backwards Edition of WFMW. This means I get to ask a question and then readers give me helpful tips.

This problem drives me batty (or should I say "catty"). The cat's water is always getting ruined because the cats drop pieces of their food in it. What is up with that? I will spare you a picture of soggy cat food floating in their water.

I've tried moving the water dish a few feet away from the food bowl but they still seem to think it is okay to drop a piece or two into the water bowl. And to answer your next question- "no, they don't eat it after it drops in the water dish!" Actually they won't drink out of their water dish once it has been contaminated by soggy cat food. Instead the cats get into the sink to get a drink. Which I don't want to encourage.

How do you deal with this at your household?



At 9:59 PM , Blogger :: Suzanne :: said...

We gave up on giving our cats water as they will only drink dog water or bunny water. As these water bowls are far far away from cat food land, they no longer transport cat kibble. So, my advice would be to move the water more than a few feet, but even into another room.

In our old house, I kept the kitty water on the bathroom counter, easy to fill and far from the food bowls.

At 9:59 PM , Blogger margalit said...

Having a similarly slobby cat, I finally gave up on having the food next to the water and now place the water bowl on the side of the sink. The cat has to jump up onto the vanity to get fresh water, but the plus side is that every time anyone uses the bathroom, they change the water so he has incredibly fresh water all day long, thus increasing his desire to drink more, which is good for cats!

At 10:06 PM , Blogger Christine said...

We move ours about four feet away. When the kids refill the dishes and forget, it all starts again! ha!

At 10:58 PM , Blogger Mamacita said...

this happens every single day at our house! A big, bloated kibble in the water. :) If I move our cat's dish, she just goes to the toilets, which is so gross. I'll check back to see what advice you get!

At 6:23 AM , Blogger Randall said...

My Bella does that too. I actually purchased one of those filtered water fountains that really cuts back on the grime and stuff in the water. Before that I just ended up changing the water a lot!

Oh, and I have a kitty related WFMW question too if you want to stop by my site!

At 8:03 AM , Blogger Kimberly said...

We also use a bowl on the bathroom counter! We have for years! When we are getting ready for work in the morning, the cat comes to greet us and get her fresh bowl of water. It's a nice way to start the day!

At 8:39 AM , Blogger Jenna said...

We have the cat food in one room and the water in another room... and if you keep the toilet lid closed (easier said then done I know!) it keeps them out of that. Luckily I have two very lazy cats who aren't very inclined to jump all the way up to the sink for drinking!

At 9:20 AM , Anonymous Nadine said...

Our kitties have that problem as well, and I just change the water when it happens since it's not every day, thankfully. I do like the "bowls in another room" idea that I see here though.

Most of the time, I'm not even sure they drink out of the dang bowls at all, since they drink from the tub faucet whenever I use the bathroom. It's a race to the bathroom so I can get in there and close the door before they get in there first and want to sit on the toilet to drink from the bathtub. The other challenge is remembering to turn off the water in the tub...*sigh* I know who rules the house, and it ain't me!

At 12:57 PM , Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

We finally bought one of those waterers, kind of like a chicken waterer. You use it with a pop bottle filled with water. You place it upside down and only enough water comes out to fill the rim. Keeps the water fresh. I bought mine at WalMart.

At 10:06 AM , Blogger Heidi said...

My cat does this when she wants her water changed. I tend to do this almost daily (and sometimes 2xs), but when I don't she will let me know by spitting food in it. I am guessing it is because she doesn't like something about her water - too cold, too warm, too old, too new.


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