Welcome to Cat Forum. I feel your pain.
One of my cats DRINKS with her FOOT. She dips it into the water, gives it a little shake so dropplets fly everywhere, and then daintily licks the moisture off her foot. Dip, shake, lick, repeat. I had two other cats who would tap the water with their feet before drinking, but both of those cats had vision and depth-perception problems so I assumed they were better able to judge the distance to the water if it was moving and not have to rely on their eyes/whiskers and risk dunking their nose into the water. Another cat would try to fish his paw into the bowl to find where the water was bubbling out, with those plastic water-jug-reservoir-bowl combinations. He was so persistent he would knock the (sometimes FULL
) water jug out of the receiving bowl and then the jug would glug-glug-glug its' contents out until it reached a level lower than the opening. Finally, we have a cat who likes to tip over or drag the bowl, just like your cat, and it causes a HUGE mess.
I gave up and bought a very large, heavy, ceramic bowl that Boo is unable to move.
Cats are creatures of habit and largely governed by instinct, hormones and learned behaviors. I have found it is just easier to work around a cat's specific quirks rather than trying to radically modify their behavior. Redirection is best, or utilizing other things (like the large/heavy ceramic bowl
) to keep your home-life manageable.