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        06-14-2014, 11:25 PM
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    Weanling
    My cats are driving my crazy!

    My cats have been scooting their water bowl around the house..... I came home today and they got it up on the carpet and it was in the middle of the hallway!! I pick it up and put it back at least 5 times a day. Its one of those auto watering bowls so it's pretty heavy all the time (I keep it full of fresh water daily). They never used to do this until about a few months ago. I bought one of those thicker rubber bowl mats in hopes it would keep the bowl in place, but I was wrong. I read somewhere that cats don't like their water bowl next to their food bowl so I moved them to different locations in my kitchen. That did nothing....they still scoot it around. Any ideas?
         
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        06-14-2014, 11:34 PM
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    Showing
    Can't you tether it to something more solid, a chair?
         
        06-14-2014, 11:36 PM
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    Weanling
    I could probably rig something. I just don't know why they started doing it. I'm trying to figure it out!
         
        06-14-2014, 11:48 PM
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    Super Moderator
    Driving you crazy?? Well, considering your username......

    Do you keep the bowl on a rug?
    Glue the hook side of velcro to it and it will stick to a rug. Otherwise, get self adhesive velcro and put the other side on the floor.

    They're just bored and entertaining themselves.
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        06-14-2014, 11:58 PM
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    Weanling
    My username merely suggest I have a bit problem. I have a lot of bits lol

    I don't think a rug would work since they are getting it up onto the carpet and still managing to push it along. It just doesn't make sense to me that they are doing it to entertain themselves because they leave the food bowl alone. The food bowl never moves.
         
        06-15-2014, 12:09 AM
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    Foal
    Cats, like dogs, can easily get bored if they don't have enough stimulus for their little brains. Do you have cat toys for them, do you ever take time out of your day to play with them for a solid chunk of time? Mine get a solid 20 minute playtime in the morning when they're most hyper with a flirt stick that's got a rattle ball tied to the end. This ended my cats' water bowl fetish.. maybe it could help with yours. :) (We also have 9 cats to entertain. But our mouse problem is gone!)

    I'd also look into securing the water bowl somewhere non-offensive in terms of it getting wet. The cats with this fetish sometimes tend to try moving the bowl even when it's filled to the brim and sloshing all over the place. You're not going to want any give in your securing solution.. 'cause they'll take it!

    Good luck!
         
        06-15-2014, 12:13 AM
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    Originally Posted by bitinsane    
    My username merely suggest I have a bit problem. I have a lot of bits lol

    I don't think a rug would work since they are getting it up onto the carpet and still managing to push it along. It just doesn't make sense to me that they are doing it to entertain themselves because they leave the food bowl alone. The food bowl never moves.
    They wouldn't be able to push it if the velcro stuck to a rug. They would only get it that far.
         
        06-15-2014, 12:20 AM
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    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NeryLibra    
    Cats, like dogs, can easily get bored if they don't have enough stimulus for their little brains. Do you have cat toys for them, do you ever take time out of your day to play with them for a solid chunk of time? Mine get a solid 20 minute playtime in the morning when they're most hyper with a flirt stick that's got a rattle ball tied to the end. This ended my cats' water bowl fetish.. maybe it could help with yours. :) (We also have 9 cats to entertain. But our mouse problem is gone!)

    I'd also look into securing the water bowl somewhere non-offensive in terms of it getting wet. The cats with this fetish sometimes tend to try moving the bowl even when it's filled to the brim and sloshing all over the place. You're not going to want any give in your securing solution.. 'cause they'll take it!

    Good luck!
    They have soo many cat toys of all different kinds! They have a huge cat tree as well. They get a good amount of attention from me everyday when I get home from work. I should invest in one of those stick toys and try that
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        06-15-2014, 01:43 AM
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    Foal
    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.

    Good luck!
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        06-15-2014, 07:02 PM
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    Foal
    How old are they? If they are just kittens, they do tend to settle down after they get to be a year old. We took in a pregnant stray. We found homes for two of them and the momma, but we got stuck with two of the other ones. They drive us insane, too!
         
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