Sunday, June 19, 2005

Water Crisis Continues

For several hours yesterday, I had taken the boys' normal water bowl, a LeBistro Waterer, away and put water in stainless steel bowls. They didn't play with the water in those, but I also couldn't tell if they were drinking any.

Then, last night, I decided I'd put the LeBistro back b/c I was worried that the boys might not be drinking enough. I put it back, but I only filled the water in it to a low level and didn't put any in the reservoir so, they'd have less ability to splash it around. So what happened? This morning, I wake up to feed the boys and find the LeBistro knocked over on its side and a puddle on the floor. Fortunately, there wasn't a ton of water in it, because I had only filled up the bowl portion of it, but it was still a puddle that had been sitting there for who knows how long.

I'm thinking that we need to switch to some kind of really stable, deep bowl that doesn't tip over. I wish I could get some kind of water bowl that the cats suck water from. I see one place that sold standing waterers, but now seems to be temporarily out of business.

Any bowl suggestions? Also, if I get a new bowl, will the boys refuse to use it?

15 comments:

Wendy said...

Here's a trick I heard yesterday - it is a way to keep pheasant chicks from getting into their water bowls, getting wet and catching sick, but it might work for the boys.

Fill the water bowl with clean stones or marbles (or any clean, solid objects). They will be able to sip up the water, but there is no open pool for them to bat around.

Dave said...

We've found that our two cats will happily change water bowls... In fact they will drink pretty much from anything which contains water.

Out of all the bowls we have tried, the metal ones seem to be the ones they like most, though we are careful to regularly descale them with vinegar since they don't seem to like the limescale that builds up. They actively avoid plastic containers... I think they are put off by the smell and the taste they add to the water.

Anonymous said...

Ours didn't care for the water fountain. They like the bowl better. Ceramic is best, helps keep the water cool and its heavy to avoid tipping. I also read somewhere to get a pattern inside the bowl because cats don't have the depth perception close up and a pattern on the bottom of the bowl helps. I believe thats why before I did that, mine used to paw at the edge of the bowl to make the water move so they could judge where the water level was. I got 2 bowls so I can wash one and use one. Change daily of course. Lynne

Alysha said...

I think the bowls would work out just fine, Avram. The cats know when they're thirsty, and if they want it enough, they'll drink out of it. Although I don't have a cat (yet), my friend's cat, Jasmine, will drink out of anything that contains clean water. I've found that in other cats as well. You could try bowls made out of different things... Stainless steal, plastic, ceramic... As long as they're heavy, I think it'd be okay.

As long as the container is clean and the water is fresh, I think they boys'll be okay. =)

Have you tried putting towels under the bowls/jug? If they like tipping over the jug for the mess, they'd probably be dissatisfied with that.

Avram said...

They'll chew on any towels I put down.

Alysha said...

Oh, shucks. =\

Perhaps you could just try the water bowl thing? I'm sure they could grow used to drinking from one. As long as the water is changed a few times a day, I think they'd be just fine.

If they're hesitant, you could always sit with them by the bowl and encourage them, show them that it's not something to be scared of.

Who knows, maybe they'll come to like Mr. Bowl! :) :) :)

socidoc said...

LOL! I had to laugh at the comment above 'sit by them and encourage them'... I've never had a cat who would do what I wanted them to do, WHEN I wanted them to. Maybe your cats are different, Avram... but... cats aren't like dogs... they are much smarter (I think!) cuz they are more discriminating... thus they won't just drink soapy water cuz it's 'there'... they won't just drink out of a particular bowl cuz you are sitting next to it... etc... they have their own minds! And they are generally pretty smart minds! Again... I say... get them a water dish you can live with, don't worry about changing the water 'several times a day' (I change mine once a day, and my cats for 10 and 16 years respectively have been just fine with that!)... give the kitties a break, Avram... they will be OK! Give them the basic care you know they need, then give them lots of love, and TRUST IN THEIR CAT NATURES. CATS are smart. They are finicky. THEY KNOW WHAT THEY NEED! OK? ~love is the best thing you can give them and I know you give them tons of that~

Alysha said...

I really don't appreciate you poking fun at my comment, Socidoc... I mean, I understand that you've owned cats (for a long time, it sounds like), and I totally respect that. But please respect me in return. I'm a bit new and I can only help people by the little experience that I have had with my friend's, neighbors and other people's cats. Sure, maybe I shouldn't have even said anything if I didn't know completely, but I'm helpful, and that's my nature. I don't expect anyone would take my advice seriously, but I offer it anyway.

Who knows, maybe you replied to my comment lightheartedly, and if you did, I totally apologize. But I didn't take it that way.

Babs said...

We have two cats and the large male seems to have gone through the same thing as your two little boys. My mother would leave for the day and come home to find the water bowl on the other side of the room, empty, and the water all over the floor. She got a heavy marble bowl that he couldn't push around and it seems to have fixed the problem. He still paws at the water (probably to judge where the water line is as a previous poster suggested) but it doesn't spill anymore.

socidoc said...

Alysha,
I definitely meant my comment to be taken lightly!! I love cats, and I meant no harm at all... I just really was chuckling to myself, thinking of my two cats (who I love like my children) and trying to persuade them to do anything I wanted!! It just made me chuckle affectionately! It's so hard to convey the total meaning of a message in these blogs, huh? I apologize for appearing insensitive, if that's how you took it... no harm meant! Just love of cats!! :-))

Alysha said...

No, it's fine, I should be the one that's sorry! I take things to heart, a bit too seriously at times. It's a bad trait of mine. I'm too sensitive.

Anyway, sorry about the misunderstanding.

Anonymous said...

We use a large ceramic mixing bowl for our cat and fill it up about 3/4 of the way. He would never be able to drink it all, but the large amount of water in there weighs it down so he can't move it.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you have solved your water problem yet, but you can use a large (rabbit size) water bottle (instead of the standing waterer)and the kitties will learn how to drink from it quickly. This will also help if you ever take them on trips with you, instead of using the dinky plastic dishes that come with pet carriers.
I also use a water fountain for my 4 furbabies- the love the sound of running water and this (i think) encourages them to drink water.

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Anonymous said...

Alysha & socidoc... you too should shut the BLANK up.... OH and get a life