Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Battle over the water bowl

Ruse and Audace are still really messy with the water in the water bowl. They like to play in it, and water in copious amounts ends up all over the floor. I tried a large vinyl tablecloth, folded a bit, under the water bowl, and that helped, but didn't solve the problem.

Finally, I decided to put the bowl square in the middle of the kitchen island ... since all three think it's their property anyway! At first I had a little mat under it (like what you see under the food bowl in the second photo), but they'd hook their claws into the mat and move it all around, slopping water as they went. So this is working -- water bowl in the middle of the island, no mat under it. And they've even taken to expecting ice cubes in their water periodically. I guess the cold water tastes good this time of year. I know it does to me!

Grace has had no problem adjusting to having the food bowl on the floor, where they're used to it, and the water bowl on the island. Sometimes I walk into the kitchen and find her lying on her side next to the water bowl, as if guarding it! Funny girl!!


The Lee County Clowder said...

We have old newspapers under the water bowels. It's not a perfect solution, but the papers absorb the smaller spills. The only problem is someone (no one will say who) sometimes catches a claw into the newspaper and pulls everything out into the middle of the room.

Anonymous said...

we've got an absorbant mat with a rubber backing under the food and water in the kitchen. I love to slosh water around and splat it with my paw. plus, I scoop food up with my paw and fling it to the floor, then eat half of it and fling some more. our other water bowl is on the bathroom counter. I don't make a mess with that one because it's pointless - being right by the sink and all, it takes all the fun out of it. I also expect ice cubes when the weather is hot. you all have those people trained well.

Samantha & Mom said...

We are neat with the water bowl, but the food bowl Tigger gobbles and gets food all over the floor. We love your pictures.
Samantha & Tigger