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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-02-2015, 05:29 AM Thread Starter
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Can anyone shed some light on these habits?

Locke and Auri have developed a couple of habits and I'm not sure of the reason behind them - especially Locke's.

Auri has started to "wipe her paws" on the side of the litter box before she gets out and I'm wondering if it's to do with the litter or if it's just because she likes to have clean paws?

Locke's habit is a little bit more unusual to me. He'll sit at the water bowl and push it around with his paw. It's a ceramic water bowl so it's not light/easy to move. The water then spills because of said bowl weight. There's always fresh water in the bowl and he still drinks normally from it so I've no idea why he's started to do this.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated - more for Locke than Auri. Do any of your cats do this or have any done this before? Thank you!


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The litter box thing is perfectly normal. Some cats wipe down the walls afterwards, some the box itself, some jump out and paw at the floor. No biggee.

The water bowl is an easy fix. Get a larger, heavier dog bowl. At the shelter we have one cat that does this and we put double sided tape under the bowl. In my foster room I use a huge heavy ceramic dog bowl because the kittens are so rambunctious plus I have it on a serving tray that has a 1/2 inch lip all around so even if the water DOES spill it is contained. Sounds like Locke is self entertaining. Buy more toys.

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Locke's got loads of toys. He's even got a favourite that he plays with all the time and won't let Auri so much as look at.

Thank you for the insight though, it's much appreciated!


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I can't say why it just started, unless it's simply that as they mature, they figure some things out. But Locke is trying to gauge the water level so that he doesn't stick his face in and get it all wet. Margaux did this, and Celia will absolutely not drink until she sees the water move. I have a pretty heavy ceramic bowl, and she is not a big cat, but she can tugs at the edge of the bowl forcefully enough that the water splashes. I sometimes find the bowl a foot or more from where it was, and half of the water on the kitty placemat.

My cat sitter once wrote in her notes that, as usual, the water bowl was halfway across the kitchen floor when she walked in.
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Thanks, spirite! That makes sense!


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I have met cats who will touch the surface of the water before drinking to get it moving...

In this case though my bet is that Locke thinks it's fun to splash the water all over. Doran did this when he was a baby and still can't be trusted with a small bowl of water. He'll knock it over and splash in the puddle.

I got a big heavy fountain. One for large dogs. He kept bumping the smaller one until it over flowed, the little monster. lol
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