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Comments On - Why Does My Cat Drop Toys in the Water Bowl?

Michelle    Austin, TX

8/11/2014 9:42:54 PM

I have two cats. One is clearly a domestic tabby. The other, however, is a little different. She looks like a domestic size Bengal and she has feral characteristics . I've had both cats each for their entire lives and I got them at almost the exact time.

One behavior that the more feral cat had that the other doesn't is she takes my hair ties from my vanity daily and pays with them in the bathroom. I keep their water on the bathroom floor and I'd always come home to find my ponytail holder in their water.

Finally one night I'm bathing and she's playing with the hair tie in front of me and then she stops, and cats to the water bowl and drops it in, and then tries to get it out.

I have no idea why does this. And I have no clue why the other cat is so different when they were raised together from just a few weeks old.

miz    International

6/4/2014 5:58:36 AM

Late one night my cat was outside&I was on the pc near the front door.She knew I was there&started scratching at the door to come inside.I took no notice.later she went around to the back door&started pushing on it.When I let her inside she had a dead mouse in her mouth.She started playing with it like she does with her toys.Later when she was eating her cat biscuits I noticed something else,she had picked up the mouse&dropped it in her food bowl&ate most of the mouse with her biscuits.In the morning when my partner was leaving for work he said our cat had on kitchen mat a partly eaten mouse&some cat biscuits!Our cat had taken the mouse&some cat biscuits out of the food bowl&put it on the mat for her "dad" to see.Our darling cat does some comical&freaky things.Shes good at hiding when don't want to go outside.She sits&watches me put on my shoes or socks.She sits and stares at me for a long time.She is maine coon/ragdoll with short hair&small ears but has the maine coon face, body and tail.She is 3yrs old&loves to play.Objects frighten her like a broom or something she doesnt recognise.I have had many cats over the years but not one like her.

Cindy    Roanoke, VA

5/22/2014 12:58:51 PM

My cat loves putting her mouse toys in the water dish and then takes them back out to dry. Most recently, she has also been placing her fresh catnip leaves in the water too. Perhaps she wants to have some tea. :)

Snow    Waitsburg, WA

6/16/2013 3:29:56 PM

My male cat likes to put his toy mice in the water bowl and sometimes next to it which will ruin the cardboard mouse sometimes the dye on the mouse changes the color of the water. Then I have to change the water and later on give him a new mouse to play with. Since I started give them water at the sink (a happen that develop with the new kitty and he enjoys it too) he doesn't leave the mouse in the water so much anymore which is good because I'm not home as much to keep an eye on the water bowl that provides water for four cats all day. However, he is always happy to get a new mouse so he can chew off the tail and he'll enjoy it for about a week then he wants a new one. He loves to play fetch with the mouse but he so skittish that he drops the mouse away from you and sometimes you have to get up to get the mouse.

janet    Bethlehem, PA

5/2/2012 2:31:08 AM

good article, thank you

regina    arden, DE

11/2/2010 6:38:05 PM

My cat puts her favorite ball in the water bowl all the time. I think she is telling my 80 lb dog that it is her bowl!

Regina    Arden, DE

11/2/2010 6:34:14 PM

My cat puts her favorite ball in the water bowl all the time. I think she is telling my 80 lb dog that it is her bowl!

Regina    Arden, DE

11/2/2010 6:33:07 PM

My cat puts her favorite ball in the water bowl all the time. I think she is telling my 80 lb dog that it is her bowl!

Nancy    Denver, CO

10/15/2010 7:18:16 PM

My Cat likes to take all my hair ties and earrings and put them into his water bowl.

janet    bethlehem, PA

4/4/2009 8:39:07 AM

very interesting, thanks for the information

janet    bethlehem, PA

2/21/2009 11:21:06 AM

good article thanks

Linda    Mandeville, LA

8/1/2008 7:37:44 PM

Good article.

Laura    Los Angeles, CA

4/6/2008 3:42:46 PM

I have a sokoke who loves water and plays fetch, while we are playing fetch she will dip her toy into the water dish. I have sometimes heard her sucking the water from the mouse.

Debbie    Middletown, OH

3/10/2008 5:38:25 AM

My kitten 5 months old has started dropping her fuzzy toyballs in my coffee, & sticking her paw in to drink! She does it where as the male, her brother does not...

Lisa    Seabrook, TX

1/12/2008 5:21:13 AM

My Bob Cat mix would put toys in his water dish, his feet in the dish, his tail, and try to lay in it. I just thought it was because he was part bob cat.

janet    bethlehem, PA

1/6/2008 11:19:38 AM

interesting i have had cats who did this

Dee    Alturas, CA

11/18/2007 2:49:36 PM

Thanks for the insight. I have had two cats who have done this. The first one's favorite toy was a drinking straw. Lots of mornings it would be carefully place across the back of his food dish. The cat I have now likes to play with paper wads or fuzzy balls. These are usually dunked in the water bowl first and then placed in the food dish.

Marielle    Mississauga, ON, AE

7/19/2007 12:03:53 PM

My kitten Sadie loves to play with little fuzz balls. She plays fitch with us, or just bats them around on her own. Sometimes she drops one in the water bowl. I read this article and it made no sense to me. I think that Leslie's comment makes more sense. Since it only happens once in a while and my kitten usually plays with her balls on the kitchen floor, I think it probably is a accident. She probably dropped it to get a drink.

Leslie    Anaheim, CA

5/31/2007 7:33:41 AM

One of my cats puts her toys in her drinking water.
I always thought, after playing hard with the toys, she would get thirsty, go get a drink of water and she would have to drop the toy before she could get her drink. She would leave it there usually and go take a nap. I would always take it out when I refill the water bowl. However, now that I think about it, she would come back later, look in her bowl and cry.
So she did remember where she left it! I thought she was crying for fresh water!!

Elizabeth    Marshall, MN

3/10/2007 9:53:25 AM

My friend's cat used to dunk toys in her water dish; we joked that she was "drowning her prey." The doctor's explanation makes more sense! My cat likes to take his toys to my (large, roll-in for a wheelchair) shower. Most mornings we have to clean it out before starting the water.

Cindy    Chatsworth, GA

3/8/2007 10:43:17 AM

It just isn't toys, my cat drops his dried food into the water bowl. And often he splashes his water out of the dish, doesn't turn it over, just splatters it all over the floor.

Robin    State College, PA

3/5/2007 7:27:40 AM

Loved the explanation since I often find toys in water bowls or tucked places that make no sense!

Emily    Linthicum, MD

2/18/2007 7:40:45 PM

All the toys end up in the corner by the door. That is the place that former cat used to go to the bathroom in all the time. We had to take her to a no kill shelter because she truly was not happy at our house. Even though he beats up the other cat I think that he thinks that the other cat is still here and is making a peace offering.

Heather    N Fond du Lac, WI

2/16/2007 10:33:34 AM

I have 3 cats and one of them has a tendency to put their toys in the water bowl. But they also hide them in other places as well. They are just so entertaining.

Jessie    Helena, MT

1/22/2007 8:15:41 AM

One of my cats stores her toys under the sofa when she's done with them. She retrieves them when she wants to play.

Tricia    Fort Wayne, IN

12/27/2006 4:29:17 PM

I to have a Siamese who puts his toy mice in the water bowl and sometimes he dunks them in. He was a wild kitten who was rescued, but his mother and sibling weren't caught, I think this is a learned behavior from his mother, but not sure.

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