First Cat Post

Sam (aka shmuzz, aka pepsi, aka smismar, senor, rotisserie, etc.) loves to drink from the bathroom faucet. About five times a day. Well, he'd probably drink from the kitchen faucet too, but he’s not allowed. He comes in after my morning shower, and we spend ten minutes together. I fussle him, he rubs himself on the shelf below the mirror, and slowly, gradually, he works his way into the bowl of the sink and starts lapping the water around the drain hole.
A few days ago, Saturday I think, he was in there while I was cleaning the bathroom, and I wasn’t letting him drink because I’d just sprayed cleaner all over the bowl. I rinsed it all with hot water and then – Sam jumped off and ran away. Considering it now, he must have gotten a splash of very hot water in his face, maybe even in his eye. He hasn’t drunk from the faucet since. I didn’t think too much of it until this morning, when I brought him into the bathroom, closed the door and tried to “acclimatise” him back to the faucet. He got as far as sticking his head under the trickle of water, but didn’t drink. Either he doesn’t like the smell of the cleaner or it’s just taking him longer to get over his trauma (not unusual for Shmuzz). I’ll try again tonight...

Frodo (aka Chirpy, etc.), who taught Pepsi how to drink from the faucet, does not try it himself anymore...

Comments

AYDIN ÖRSTAN said…
Photos would be good.

Can't wait to meet them, by the way.
Rachel said…
Hey Deniz,

One of our cats, Tex (who, btw, also has many other names - Count Texy, Goose, Velvet Pants (don't ask!))loves to drink from anywhere but his water bowl, too. Puddles of water that collect in the kids' Tonka trucks after it's rained, unguarded glasses of water, and the floor of the shower if you forget to close the door when you're done (gross).

He's a Devon Rex. What are Sam and Frodo?

Rachel
Deniz Bevan said…
Frodo's a grey and white cat and Sam's a tabby - both regular old domestic breed :-) Unguarded glasses of water, definitely! Thank goodness he's back to the faucet habit now, that "conditioning" seems to have worked...

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