You don't have to do anything fancy for the flirt pole. I use an ancient/broken fishing rod and left over fishing string alongside whatever toys are conveniently available. For the bigger cats I use the full rod (I don't know the weight limit offhand... it's strong enough to handle the 10-11lbers and that's what counts.) For the smaller cats I just use a half a fishing rod. It's less gaudy that way. Ha.
Some cats just have weird fetishes. We have a cat who lays in the kitchen, staring at the fridge,for hours on end. We have a few water-bowl movers but thankfully the added toys and play sessions have helped curb that appetite, and we keep it as full as we can otherwise. Our oldest cat has taken a liking to sleeping on the toilet lid... no idea what's up with that.
I'm not the best behaviorist with cats (I'm a bit better with dogs but no pro by any means) but sometimes cats try to communicate what they want to do by manipulating their surroundings. If they're trying to move water bowls to rooms that otherwise have none, maybe try adding a small water bowl in that area. Especially if they seem to be moving toward stairs or areas upstairs/downstairs they like to lounge in. Often times people forget that their cats lounge in a favorite spot most of the time and can't be bothered to travel all the way to the inconvenient water bowl somewhere else. This is just a suggestion though. :) It may or may not help, depending on whether moving the bowl is just a fetish/form of amusement, or an actual "human slave, you're slacking!" type call to attention. Do remember though that more waterholes = more needing to use the bathroom. But like I said, I'm certainly not a pro at cats.
The path is different for you and me, but the journey begins in the heart.