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Q: What should I do about my cat knocking over his water bowl?

July 31, 2010 | By Melyssa G. | 7 answers | Expired: 1529 days ago

Melyssa G.

My cat decided, for whatever reason, that he likes to tip over his bowl completely. I have tried so many different bowls. I have used a large one that gets heavy when filled and somehow he knocked it over. I used a "double diner" thinking that the dimensions would keep him from knocking it over...that didn't work. I always change his water twice a day so I don't think he's doing it because the water is stagnant. I have put the bowl in the bathtub while it's not in use for the past couple of weeks to at least keep the water off the floor and down the drain instead but I'd prefer to keep it out of there. I am thinking about purchasing one of the water fountains since it seems he likes the idea of moving water. Any other suggestions?

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Flower39
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Aug 10, 2010

Our cat wont eat her food inless there is new fresh food on the the top. Maybe its the same thing. Even though theres food in the bowl she wont eat it. THe water fountain thing might work also. you might cnsider putting something under the bowl like a couple towels so its not as hard to clean.

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Stephanie
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Aug 10, 2010

Constantly cleaning up water can certainly get old fast. Do you think he's knocking over his water because he wants new, cold water in the bowl? It might be his way of getting you to refill his bowl with cold water...or he may just enjoy his own awesome talent of water bowl tipping, in which case maybe nothing will stop him and he'll treat the new bowls like new challenges. Cats are funny. However, I think you have the right idea in trying a water fountain bowl, hopefully it will work.

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Howard H.
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Aug 08, 2010

I would suggest a water fountain. Your cat probably likes running water and spills the water just to get some of it running.

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Tracy
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Aug 08, 2010

I would suggest one of the nice heavy porcelain bowls they have like at Walmart. I believe they are somewhere around $5 ish maybe a little more. They have cat sizes and maybe even a larger flatter dog size might work. It sounds like your cat just like to play with the water. I would also suggest putting a high edge baking sheet under the food/water bowls so any spillage that does occur stays contained. Good luck!

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daryl b.
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Aug 05, 2010

there are also bowl that are wieghted on the bottom making it almost impossible to tip. try one of those good luck

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Bissa
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Aug 01, 2010

exactly ^

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Kitnkaboodle
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Aug 01, 2010

Have you tried the water bowls that come in a stand. Your cat shouldn't be able to knock over the entire stand unless he gets really rowdy. Make sure you get a sturdy stand with a wide base. My only other suggestion is a weighted flat-bottomed bowl, but it sounds like you've probably already tried that. I use a fountain. It won't tip over for sure, but my cats still play in it & sometimes get a little water on the floor. Nothing like a tipped over bowl though.

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