How to Prevent Your Cat From Spilling Their Water Bowl
Cute Bowl, But Spills Easily
Why Cats Spill Water Bowls
Many cats like to "break" the top of water before drinking. They do this by tapping the water with their paw, or they pull on the bowl to shake the bowl which causes ripples in the water. Breaking the water allows the kitty to see where the top of the water is, and it also breaks the invisible layer of film which sometimes covers water, allowing the fresh water underneath to be easily reached.
Some cats play with water bowls just for the fun of it. Tipping a bowl and watching water spill is kind of fun, after all. LOL!!
So, what are your options for keeping water off the floor?
Black Cat with Water Bowl
Solution #1: Catch Cat Water Spills
One option is to put something under the bowl to catch spilled water and keep it off the floor.
Here are some ideas:
- Non-slip pet tray (Cats can't push it around and it's easy to wash)
- Baking Pan (Can be unsightly but easily available)
- Towel (Soaks up the water, but if not changed frequently, can start to mildew)
- Place mat (Same issues as Towel)
Solution #2: Wide Bottom Non-spill Pet Bowls
Another solution is a bowl that the cat can't spill. A wide-bottomed bowl with rubber bottom is one great option. The wide bottom helps prevent the cat from tipping the bowl, and the rubber bottom prevents the bowl from easily being pushed, or sliding on the floor, so this one is a double whammy!
Solution #3: Heavy Bottom Weighted Non-Spill Pet Bowl
A heavy-bottomed bowl works well because the bottoms are weighted, which helps prevent a cat from easily tipping the bowl.
I have a ceramic bowl with straight walls, no rubber bottom and heavy, weighted bottom and it works good most of the time. I have one cat that will actually drag the bowl though, so having a rubber bottom would be helpful.
Solution #4: Stick bowl to floor
Use museum putty to stick the bowl to the floor. The downside is that makes the bowl difficult to re-fill and wash.
Solution #5: Bowls in Stands
There are many varieties of stands made to hold bowls off the floor. The great thing about these is they're not easy for cats to tip over and harder for a cat to push around. Using a bowl stand makes it much less likely that your cat will spill water.
A secondary benefit is that some of the pet bowl stands are decorative which is nice for the pet owners.
If you have suggestions that also may work, which have not been included, please include them in the comments section. Thanks!!
Cat Water Fountain
And as one commenter so graciously added, a pet water dispenser, AKA water fountain is another great option. Some cats really enjoy trickling water and so love these luxury items. There are some cats that won't drink out of them, so you may just have to try it with your kitty to see what his/her preferences are. My cats prefer eating and drinking out of ceramic or glass bowls with stainless steel coming in a close second. If I put down ceramic and plastic bowls with food, they always go for the ceramic.