You hear all the time that cats don’t like the water. It would be more accurate to say that most cats don’t like the water. Cupcake thinks the water is fascinating.
As soon as anyone turns on the water in the bathroom sink, she stops whatever she is doing to run into the bathroom. She will even stop eating in the middle of eating a meal if she hears the water running.
This happens so often that the humans in the house have to be careful when going about normal sink-related activities. Like any cat, Cupcake moves quickly, and she can show up when you aren’t expecting her. So far, no one has spit a mouthful of toothpaste on her, but there have been some near misses.
She seems totally unconcerned that she gets her ears and head wet while she is hunting the stream of water. Water splashes off of her head as she dives into the sink after her elusive prey, and she continues swatting at the droplets.
Wouldn’t you like to know what she’s thinking? Sometimes it seems she thinks she needs to stop the water from going down the drain. You can see in the photo below she is grabbing the pop-up sink stopper. We came home the other day to find she had pulled it all the way out while the sink was dry and we were away.
Other times it seems she is just interested in grabbing the water as it splashes down into the basin of the sink. She prefers a steady stream of water that creates a ripple of water against the bottom of the sink basin. That seems to be the most fun to put her paws in.
For now, this is her favorite entertainment in the house, and she follows the humans into the bathroom, watching to see if they will turn on the water for her. She watches so intently we are a little worried that she is trying to figure out how to turn the sink faucet knobs!
You can see Cupcake in action below. If the video doesn’t display in your browser, you can view it directly on YouTube.
As you can see, Cupcake is happy to do her own cleanup after playing in the sink. Her preferred level of tidying up didn’t keep her from making wet footprints all over the house, so we try to dry her off after sink time is over.
She acts alarmed if you try to enfold her in one of those big bath sheets, so she has her own, smaller towel hanging in the bathroom. It is always ready so she can have her paws and head dried off before she romps off to make trouble elsewhere in the house.
Do you know any cats who like to play in the water?