By Pam Johnson-Bennett for WebVet.com
Thirsty catWhy do cats like to tip over water? I'm puzzled by why my cat always wants to flip over something containing water -- whether it's my cup or his bowl. I don't know where to keep the bowl anymore since it always ends with me having a wet floor when I get home. Why do they do this and how can I make him stop?
A: There are several reasons why a cat may tip over the water bowl and I know many cat parents probably share in your frustration when it comes to finding more water on the floor than in the bowl. Here are four typical reasons for the soggy behavior:
- Play Behavior. For many cats, the water in the bowl creates an irresistible game. Water moves with the slightest paw touch and cats soon learn that the more they splash, the more the water moves. Cats who are permitted to drink from the water faucet may also develop this play behavior because they're expecting the water to move. Cats who don't receive enough stimulation and environmental