Splish, splash: Cats playing with their water bowls is a common behavior - but is it normal?
Young cats are curious creatures and sometimes, we humans are left feeling perplexed when it comes to their behavior.
It's important for felines to have healthy doses of sensory input, stimulation and things that pique their interest.
As anyone who shares a life with cats will tell you, their interests are all different. But one typical activity that a lot of cat owners mention to me is that their furry friends play with their water bowl. A common question is: "Is it normal?"
The answer is, yes, quite normal, in fact. It's typically seen in young felines. It's harmless, save for some slippery floors created by their enthusiasm.
Cats are fascinated by water. If it's dispensed from a sink, in a tub, or other sources, it's something to behold.
As Dr. Arnold Plotnick, MS, DVM, ACVIM, ABVP explains, a cat playing with its water dish shouldn't pose any worry, and it's something that a lot of young kitties do.
A word of caution: If your cat is older and suddenly starts showing an increased interest in her water bowl, it can be related to a medical condition like chronic renal failure, something that Dr. Jess Franklin, DVM talked about here in AnnArbor.com's Pet section a few weeks ago.
In any case, it's a good idea for your cat to see the vet to rule out any illnesses, regardless of age — especially if the behavior is a sudden change.
If you find the behavior bothersome, there are a few options to help minimize the it.
Many pet owners opt to use a cat water fountain. This unique bowl circulates water and creates a pleasing sound that intrigues most cats, keeping them happy.
A more common approach is to use a wide-bottomed bowl, preferably ceramic or a stainless steel variety set in a stand with rubber stoppers on the feet that helps minimize tipping.
The following is footage of what most cat owners see from their young cats.