Monday, April 04, 2005

A Bengal Survival Tool

Given how fascinated Bengals are by water, keeping their water bowls intact is a major problem. How does Leela tamper with her bowl? Let me count the ways. She drops bits of food in it so she can fish them out and eat them. She drops toys in it so she can fish them out and play with them. Sometimes she'll stick both front paws in and stand there. Sometimes she just hauls off and whacks the surface to see how much water she can splash out. She's a bad kitty, BAD KITTY!

The solution is a rubber mat. Here's ours - with Laszlo for scale. (And because so far this has pretty much all been Leela, Leela, Leela. Oooh, I'm a Bengal, look at me! Where's the love for Laszlo, man?)



You'll note the raised lip to contain spills. Another selling point is the rubber itself, which provides some friction grip and makes it harder to knock a bowl over in the first place. But that was never the problem for us. The bowl we use is pretty heavy and has a big, stable bottom. Even Leela can't just tip it over (knock on wood). But that lip is crucial.

I'd tell you where ours came from, but it has absolutely no identifying marks of any kind. It's as generic as something that brightly colored can be. But here's a mouse-shaped version from Petsmart. I'm sure your local pet store will have similar models. If you're considering a Bengal, just go ahead and look for something like this now.

This may seem obvious to some people, but realize that, despite his own particular fascination with water, Laszlo never went slopping water all over the place the way Leela does. I've had cats most of my adult life, and this is the first one of these I've felt the need for. Leela takes these things to a whole other level...

5 Comments:

At April 4, 2005 at 6:49 PM, Anonymous blueskelton said...

People are fascinated by cats

 
At April 4, 2005 at 6:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cats are fascinated by people who are fascinated by cats and they are constantly on the lookout for ways to exploit this apparent weakness.

 
At April 4, 2005 at 8:15 PM, Blogger John said...

And Bengals doubly so, we've found. They're basically like the Jack Russells of the cat world, smarter than is good for them, very curious, and they need something to occupy themselves. If you don't provide it, they'll come up with something themselves...

Hence the site. I've had cats most of my life, but Bengal cats are different.

 
At April 7, 2005 at 6:35 AM, Blogger Barb said...

We have a couple of these mats as well, except that they're just plain rectangular in shape. I think we go them at Petco?

 
At April 11, 2005 at 2:59 PM, Anonymous Michelle said...

I don't have a Bengal, but my tiger-striped tabby, Tiger, is bad about dropping toys into his water dish and fishing them out.

I always just thought he was choosing to drown his victims instead of torturing them! He also likes to take the wet toys and put them at the foot of my bed. There's nothing like stepping on a cold wet catnip mouse in the morning...really gets you going!

 

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