Skip to comments.Screw The DNC Convention I Got A Question About My Cats!
Posted on 09/05/2012 5:18:50 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
I have two tuxedos. Momma and Lady. Both about five years old. Momma is a finicky eater. Lady eats anything put in front of her. They're both rescues a year apart, as I took them in from the woods. They had to have been abandoned. They took to the house and proceeded to take it over.
That's Okay I enjoy their company except when they wake me up at four in the morning and say "feed us"!
Now the question:
Momma used to drink from my aquarium and indoor fountain. no problems. I finally got her to drink from a drinking bowl. She now touches the drinking bowl with her front paw on the surface water several times before she drinks. It's like she is testing the surface tension.
What sort of behavior is this? It's not bad, but I'm curious.
Her previous water sources were moving and she could see the ripples. Now, it’s still water in a bowl and she’s checking to see if there’s any there.
My dog does the same thing with his water bowl. She lightly taps the dish first...
HER bowl...scuse me!
My tuxedo cat does this too! Sometimes I think she can’t see if there is water in there or not.
It is normal for cats to drink from running water, which is why they like fountains.
Posting #2 is correct.
Hmmm. I never thought about that.
My cat sticks his paw in various water bowls to clean his paw. He’ll dip his paw; then lick it clean.
Our cat wakes us at 4:00 to 5:00 whenever he hears the birds or sees a bit of sunlight. He’ll come up between us and purr and rest for awhile. (Purr machines keep us both awake. And then he’ll take to tackling feet under covers, at which point I get up and close him out until we get up around 7:30.
Cats are very territorial. People always touch their plates before eating — it is instinct (and most people don’t realize they do it).
Your cat is establishing territory.
You remind me how much I miss my babies, gone for 10+/3+ years now.
Typical cat behavior. By creating ripples in they water they can tell where the surface is so they don’t stick their face in too far.
My 17-yr old male rescue cat has done that since day one as a kitten, but he ***mandates*** me - dogs have masters; cats have staff - put him up to the kitchen or bathroom faucets at all hours, to drink. He’ll drink from the bowl (fresh 2x every day) if I’m gone, but otherwise it’s from the sinks. He k-ind of pats the bowl’s water w/ paw to “test” it; I’ve walked in on him drinking from it, and seen his “testing” pattern, prior to drinking. Don’t know exactly why he does it, either, FP.
You can get bowls that mimic water running at pet stores, if it will help.
I believe some of it’s in their instinct too as they prefer running water to still water when they were in the wild as still water could become stagnant which could lead to sickness. I don’t know where I read that but remember I did and found it interesting as my cats do the same thing with their paw as you do and if they see a dripping faucet, they drink from it.
My Shih Tzu Maxie does the same thing. We bought him a silver water bowl and every time he goes to the water bowl, he touches it first, sniffs the water than drinks it, its like he’s making sure that everything is OK before he goes ahead and drinks
happy to have helped solve a dilemma !
Congratulations on the two rescues. We have 2 rescued cats, and one rescued dog. They are the love of our lives, well, until the 4 am call by the cats. We have learned to keep the bedroom door closed so that we’re not awakened (as much) by the beckons. Of course, now they try to turn the doorknob. We are doomed if they ever figure that out!
To get to your question, one of our cats does the same thing, and it’s usually to see how the water reacts. He especially loves to watch water running out of the faucet in the kitchen sink when I do the dishes. I think water is an optical illusion of sorts for cats, hence the pawing at it. That’s my best guess.
go get a larger drinking fountain for both. Moving water encourages drinking which cats usually don’t do enough. Most have filters to keep the flowing water clean, again a good thing. More pissing, less kidney troubles.
I’ve read all sorts of theories for this. One is cats like running water, one is that it’s a hold-over from kitten playtime. I can tell you that I’ve had cats all my life and the only one who’s ever done what you describe is my current sweet old lady furball, and she ONLY does it when she’s sick. We had a spate of urinary tract infections over the past 18 mos. and each time, she would paw at her water (and sometimes food) dish. Otherwise, nothing.
So, unless you have reason to think she’s sick, I wouldn’t worry about it. :-)
But besides that, every animal that I've had or observed living with other humans had little neurotic ticks. They probably have them in the wild too, but frankly I think they assume we're their species or that they're human and the result is they all become a little bit nuts cooped up indoors with the craziest species of all, US.
They’re just pushing you around.
Ignore them and keep to your schedule. As their employee you still need to assert yourself at times.
Does them no good if you aren’t well rested and get sick. They damn sure won’t take care of and will zero empathy, unlike dogs.
They have to know where the surface is. They can’t see the water surface and need to know where it is. I have one cat that doesn’t and she’ll put her nose into the bowl and when her nose hits it she’ll pull back, look, then figure out where the surface is and drink.
PS - also, they’re playing.
She misses the circulation that a filter gives...?
Otherwise, ask her.
Please pray for my wife and I. This late afternoon we’ll bring our 12-yr old cat Michel to the vet and put him to sleep. He has huge mass on his stomach, and the past several days had liquid all over his body. He’s been immobile for a while. Although he still eat, he’s always under pain killer 24/7, so we decide not to prolong his suffering. This is new experience for us.
My two are Great!!! at attacking mobile objects. They were once indoor/outdoor cats. I watched them double team a chipmunk before I saved it! It was freaking amazing. I think the chipmunk eventually died of heart failure.
They're indoors now. One them almost died from a flea infestation. I walk them outside on my shoulder, seems they're good with that.
There is no snooze button on a cat that wants breakfast.
My daughter’s orange tabby, Pumpkin, nudges the water bowl with his nose a few times to get the water rocking. He loves fresh water, and so I pour it in the bowl from a pitcher from about a foot above the bowl. He will stick his nose in the water stream as it is being poured. It’s just a quirk. My cat drinks from the fish tank.
You didn’t adopt them. They arranged for you to find them, by noting your habits. They are now conducting a series of highly complex psychological experiments on you. The true purpose of which, would truly frighten you, if you knew what it was.
Here's a fountain that we got a couple of years ago that all 3 of our cats love. You might consider this. Í highly recommend it.
I’m sorry for your loss.
I am sorry to hear this. I had been a dog guy all my life. My cats gave me a new experience.
Most have filters until your cat learns how to get at them. My son's little female cat figured out how to get the top off the section where the filter is. She'd take the filter out, then proceed to destroy it. She hasn't done it in a while, so perhaps she's outgrown it. On a different style of fountain he previously had, she'd stick her paw up into the hole where the water was flowing from, and pull the filter out. One of my cats used to pull the filter out of the fountain I had here too. Once the novelty of it wore off, he stopped.
Do not be fooled...when they sit in your lap and engage in the “treading “ routine on your stomach,it is NOT a sign of affection.....they are feeling your internal organs,checking for weakness.And that digging in the litter box is actually practice for disposing of the bodies.
I have not read all of the posts yet, but GRRRRR was on to something. My old cat (18 years), liked running water, many cats do.
They have cat fountains for this. Basically a little water pump with a plastic bowl. Go get her one - she’ll love it!
Every cat I’ve ever had has done this, regardless of where they came from. No idea why...
We had a cat who watched carefully and learned to turn the door knob and open it. Cats love to watch the toilet being flushed, too.
Does your Tux retrieve or play tug-of-war? Mine is also a rescue and I've discovered he loves both of those games.
Wait, cats drinking from a water bowl? Surely you jest. Mine only drink from the bathroom sink. You mean, that’s not normal???
My Lady did that. Pissed her off when I did a did a dead latch.
She's working on it.
Get a better system. I’ve had 3. 1 was great then died. 1 my cat learned how to get it to piss on my kitchen hardwood floor screwing them up, and the last one a triangle with an internal pump/filter,$70, works great. bottom reservoir, upper pool with a central spillway(same co that caused $1500 damage to my floor) You want the cats to drink from the upper pool or sluice gate, not the bottom pool. Hit me off line for ideas if you really are uncertain.
One of my cats used to do that too. They can’t see the water the way we do. The other cat preferred drinking running water from the sink in the bathroom. What I love about cats is that they tell you want they want if you can “listen” by observing and responding correctly.
Oh, you couldn’t be more wrong. My cats always knew when I was ill or upset and would come give me kitty kisses and try to lick my head.
She needs contacts so take her to an optometrist.
I agree that they probably cannot see the water surface the way we do and they are testing it to see how far it is.
My cat does what I call “the dip and flick”. He dips his paw in and flicks the water everywhere, dips again, flicks more...until there is water all over the place! He even drinks from a water fountain and does this! Just a little stinker!