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Old 08-17-2009, 07:12 AM
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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How can I get my Baby Kitty to STOP splashing water out of bowl?

He uses his paws, as if he is digging a hole. It is not only messy but water does not last very long.

I have 4 cats and Little Bit did this when younger as he was curious over bubbles but out grew that. We had to place bowl on non carpeted floor and put bath towels down and change many times a day.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:52 AM
Location: Wichita, KS
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You got it figure out so far with the towels and change the water. All you can do is hope kitty grows out of the stage.

Mine did the same thing and finally gave it up.

Small dishes of water several time a day and stand guard.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:24 AM
Location: Massachusetts
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I would just enjoy watching the show! And be thankful that your kitty isn't a horse (horses love to splash water with their front legs; one even did it when I was riding her. They also love to lie down in puddles, and have also done so while carrying riders.)
I imagine that kitty will eventually grow out of it. I would buy a mat (like an LLBean waterhog mat) to put underneath the dishes so that you don't have to keep using paper towels to wipe it up.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:35 AM
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Hopefully kitty will outgrow it. I have one that still to this day (he's 5) splashes the water. sigh....
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:05 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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They do that in order to see the surface of the water. Kittens just get a little carried away, like kids.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:16 PM
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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My male cat does this and I think it's cute. He also sticks his paw in the water dish and drags it along the floor. He makes quite a production of of it. I'm just glad he likes drinking water because a lot of cats don't. He's 4 years old now and has been doing it since he was a kitten. I find that a larger water dish works best. I use a smallish pyrex mixing bowl rather than a traditional cat bowl. I do fill it at least once a day, sometimes more when the dog gets into it. We have hardwood floors and it's only water so it's not a big deal.
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