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September 28, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....When we first got Domino, she decided that she wasn't really that thrilled with the whole water dish idea. So every night, when we set the table for dinner, she'd jump up and start lapping water out of Marian's glass. We'd toss her down, and she'd jump back up. Finally, we gave in to the inevitable and just gave her her own glass. It's a USC tumbler that now resides permanently on our coffee table, and as near as I can tell it's the only thing she drinks out of. She can only stuff her face about halfway down, of course, and knocks it over if it gets too empty. So we make sure to top it off every morning. We are well trained.

As for Inkblot, he'll drink out of anything. Puddles in the backyard are a favorite. Yesterday, though, he was just sitting on the bench showing off his vast expanse of tummy fur. Vast, I tell you.

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i like to sit on my porch and show off the tummy fur, too.

the thoughtful neighbors even close their blinds to give me privacy!

Posted by: cleek on September 28, 2007 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

If Domino's dangling paw does not make it to Cuteoverload, I don't know what will!

And come on, Inkblot is just DEMANDING a tummy rub... your training is obviously NOT complete!

Posted by: Frenchdoc on September 28, 2007 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

That story about Domino reminds me of the old joke, where the established pet tells the new pet, "Back in ancient times, when I wasn't allowed on the sofa/bed/chair....."

In my house it used to be that the cats weren't allowed on the dining room table and the kitchen counter. Now I'm upset if Coco doesn't jump on the table to try to eat my dinner or if Puffy doesn't jump up on the counter to do what I call his "breakfast dance" up and and down in front of the toaster oven while I get out the food....

Posted by: Diana on September 28, 2007 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

kevin,

i faithfully cheer for USC because i enjoy
your blog and know it is important to you.

if i sent a university of illinois tumbler,
would you let domino drink from it,
and feature my school in a picture.

thank you for your consideration.

steve.

Posted by: steve davis on September 28, 2007 at 3:21 PM | PERMALINK

Our cats only drink out of Starbucks mugs.

It started the same way as Domino - we left out cat bowls of water for them, but they only drank out of our mugs.

Posted by: MarkT on September 28, 2007 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe it's just a reflection but it seems that the USC glass has some foam inside. She also appears awfully relaxed. You might want to check your beer supply to make sure she's not sneaking brews when the Trojans play.

Posted by: auster on September 28, 2007 at 3:23 PM | PERMALINK

Cleopatra, THE EMPRESS OF THE UNIVERSE, also will drink only out of a nicely decorated plastic tumbler that sits by the sink, and she really prefers to have ice in her glass.

Course she occasionally sticks her rear up and head down in the toilet and laps with gusto, but I am trying to disencourage that behavior.

Domino is looking postively svelte this week, and of course ...........


INBLOT FOR PRESIDENT!

Posted by: optical weenie on September 28, 2007 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

Kev, don't you ever take pictures of beautiful young women? Your wife won't mind-- it's fan service-- it's not for you.

Plenty of magazines, advertisers, etc., do it already.

Posted by: Swan, very tongue-in-cheek on September 28, 2007 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

Fight on, Domino.

Posted by: Vincent on September 28, 2007 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, I know this game well. We have a Carolina glass by the cat food (up on a counter to keep it away from the dog) and another by the bathroom sink, both topped off every morning. We also have the dog's water bowl which has become the vessel of choice for the older (15) cat who doesn't much care for jumping up on things anymore. The dog is a collie-corgi mix, therefore a herding dog and very tolerant of the cats in his "herd." He's very patient when a member of his "herd" uses his water bowl -- or even licks his food before he can dive in (although he does shoot me anxious looks about that).

Posted by: Debra on September 28, 2007 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

we gave in to the inevitable and just gave her her own glass.

Oh, shit. Some people would love to have a cat like that.

Posted by: Swan on September 28, 2007 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

Drinking from glasses is so canine, before my cat, Tigger, went off to the great catnip patch in the sky, he would routinely jump onto kitchen sink and meowed until someone turned on the tap so that he could drink fresh running water instead of the stale tepid water in his water bowl.

Posted by: Chicounsel on September 28, 2007 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

Our cats have been drinking out of glasses and/or large mugs for years.

Posted by: Needles on September 28, 2007 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

Apparently, our cats are the only ones in America who actually drink out of a water bowl on the floor. What's more, they share the bowl with our dogs.

Heh heh heh heh heh . . ..

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on September 28, 2007 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

Back when I had moved in with my then-boyfriend (now ex-husband), my cat Spookee would knock the bf's waterglass over at night, which was on the nightstand. He decided to open the drawer, put the glass of water in the drawer, and shut it -- the glass kept the drawer from shutting all the way, but that way, the cat couldn't knock it over.

I woke up that night to the sound of a water being lapped up. Spookee was on the nightstand, leavning over and drinking out of the perfect-height glass of water. I never said a word.

Posted by: Angela on September 28, 2007 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

our cats have a little water fountain/bowl on the floor in the kitchen. but they much prefer my wife's sink in the bathroom.

Posted by: cleek on September 28, 2007 at 4:34 PM | PERMALINK

Chicounsel: ...my cat, Tigger, went off to the great catnip patch in the sky, he would routinely jump onto kitchen sink and meowed until someone turned on the tap so that he could drink fresh running water instead of the stale tepid water in his water bowl.

My cat Bud did the same thing. He lived to be 20 years old. Fresh water did wonders for him, not so much for the aquifer.

Posted by: bigcat on September 28, 2007 at 4:34 PM | PERMALINK

Our cat Annie likes to drink water straight out of our bathroom sink faucet, and will make a beeline for it whenever she hears one of us turn it on. The rest of the time, she's perfectly content to drink from her water bowl in the kitchen.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on September 28, 2007 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

We call Inkblot's position "medical spec" in our house. One cat does an almost perfect "spec" and also has a broad expanse of large white tummy. But, to make the position look extremely pathetic, she'll put her white paws up in a begging curved motion.

The other one, her litter mate, won't deign to do "spec".

Posted by: phoebes on September 28, 2007 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot says: "it's not your girth, it's your worth"

Posted by: Michele on September 28, 2007 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, please. Adult males of any species do not have 'tummies'. They have stomachs, or guts, or bellies.

Little kids have tummies. And for some reason adult women insist on calling their primary digestive region a tummy (and advertisers go along, as in, "these control-top pantyhose really flatter my tummy").

Our big ol' lazy male cat Lucky loves his belly rubs, just like Inkblot. He likes to lay on my belly getting his belly rubbed. When he was a kitten maybe he had a tummy.

Just sayin'.

Posted by: Doodah on September 28, 2007 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

Our cats actually drink out of a flowing water fountain that my husband built just for them. top that for spoiled.

Posted by: ohcomeon on September 28, 2007 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

I don't know Kevin. Do you really think Inkblot should flash the camera like that. Looks a lot like Kitty porn to me.

Posted by: Joshua Norton on September 28, 2007 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

Our cat's (4 cats) glass is a small 'Tom and Jerry' themed Welch's jelly jar from the early 90's. Cathy and I used it to take our meds in the evenings. For some reason it now sits on the floor in our bathroom and they drink it nearly dry every night. If it disappears for more than an hour, we hear about it. We have been well trained.

They have never liked drinking out of the bowl. Change the water twice a day, wash the bowl, not wash the bowl, etc. Nope. Won't bother with it for the most part. Our two eldest cats have learned how to drink from the sink and do meow for the water to be turned on. The other two don't like the water splashing on their paws.

Now the rain water that has collects on the seat of the ugly green lawnchair (Does anybody else have an ugly piece of outdoor furniture that has been moved 5 times, doesn't match anything, and has been around for 15+yrs???) that sits on our back porch....even our arthritic/diabetic 15yr old cat will stretch up to lap that glorious gift from mother nature .......

Posted by: landofId on September 28, 2007 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

My (sadly late) cat Boris loved to drink from a plastic cup -- when it was empty (or almost empty) he'd start batting it around to alert me. He was also a faucet-drinker. I'm still convinced that part of what kept him alive in the final few months was that we finally relented and let him drink out of the bathtub faucet. That he loved right up to the end.

Our new(ish) kitties have one of those fancy pet fountains, though they seem to enjoy playing with the water spout more than actually drinking out of it. The new kitten has been sitting on the toilet looking at me imploringly when I brush my teeth, so I suspect she's a faucet-drinker, too.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on September 28, 2007 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

If she seems to drink excessively from the cup, you should have her kidney function tested. Kidney disease is very common in cats. My kitty has it, but it is manageable for a long time (special diets, etc.). Aside from drinking lots of water, there are no symptoms until kidney function is nearly gone, so it's best to catch early if you can.

Sorry to be so depressing. Just hoping to help someone else catch their cat's disease more quickly ...

Posted by: anon on September 28, 2007 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot: You like?
Domino: LIKE!!1!

Posted by: absent observer on September 28, 2007 at 5:49 PM | PERMALINK

I don't know Kevin. Do you really think Inkblot should flash the camera like that. Looks a lot like Kitty porn to me.

Isn't this like the 500th time this joke has been on Political Animal or Eschaton? There must be some factors preventing 'institutional memory' in blog commenter schtick.

Posted by: Swan on September 28, 2007 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

Huh. My SIL's cat will only eat off of a white plate. I thought that was kind of eccentric, but now I think it is par for the course for cats. My dog, on the other hand will eat or drink out of anything. Not a dog of dignity or refinement.

I like cats, but we have allergies at our house so I don't have any.

Posted by: Emma Anne on September 28, 2007 at 6:22 PM | PERMALINK

Have you thought of half-filling a glass with resin or marbles to reduce the knock-over potential?

Posted by: Crissa on September 28, 2007 at 7:22 PM | PERMALINK

Domino looks so dainty! and Inkblot?...well, so much for the myth of the dignity of cats. He is one big, fat cat.

Posted by: PTate (back in MN, sigh) on September 28, 2007 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

They look like they've taken over, Kevin, and your comments corroborate.

Posted by: Swan on September 28, 2007 at 8:08 PM | PERMALINK

PTate, back in MN, welcome back to the land of intrigue. I hope you were able to stash some fine FR wine to help drown your sorrows...

I think Inkblot is saying to GWBush, in a decidedly feline way, "BLOW ME"!!!!

Posted by: bigcat on September 28, 2007 at 8:09 PM | PERMALINK

They remind me of the Odd Couple. Guess which one is Oscar? I love the Friday catblogging, and the comments, too.

Posted by: susan on September 28, 2007 at 8:11 PM | PERMALINK

You and your wife evidently haven't seen Planet of the Apes, Kevin.

Posted by: Swan on September 28, 2007 at 8:15 PM | PERMALINK

I once knew a husky who HATED to have her water bowl more than half full. If you overfilled it, she'd splash out the excess, and if you yelled at her while she was doing it, she'd give you that ice-eyed husky look that said, "Well, if you'd just do it right in the first place..."

Posted by: skeeter on September 28, 2007 at 8:40 PM | PERMALINK

I laughed so hard about the water glass and having his "servants" so well trained. Of course, only someone who is also the servant of a cat would understand the humor ....

Love Cat Fridays.

Posted by: JWC on September 28, 2007 at 9:31 PM | PERMALINK

Great pictures!

Posted by: m on September 28, 2007 at 10:18 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, I know this game well. We have a Carolina glass by the cat food (up on a counter to keep it away from the dog) and another by the bathroom sink, both topped off every morning. We also have the dog's water bowl which has become the vessel of choice for the older (15) cat who doesn't much care for jumping up on things anymore. The dog is a collie-corgi mix, therefore a herding dog and very tolerant of the cats in his "herd." He's very patient when a member of his "herd" uses his water bowl -- or even licks his food before he can dive in (although he does shoot me anxious looks about that).

Posted by: Debra on September 28, 2007 at 3:51 PM

The dog is probably an N.C. State fan, so he'll leave the glass alone.

Posted by: Vincent on September 29, 2007 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

Tex, the smartest cat ever, won't drink out of anything but a glass glass beside my bed. When I moved from CA to NC and we did the five day road trip, she drove me crazy because motels now only have plastic cups and she refused to even consider it. Finally, I had to beg a real glass from a restaurant. I think she does it, like the cats who prefer running water, because she knows it's fresh. Or it could be just to mystify me -- she loves that.

Posted by: dalloway on September 29, 2007 at 11:25 AM | PERMALINK

My cat (kitty; hey,you; whatever, he answers to any name when he feels like answering and to no name when he doesn't) will drink only out of his bowl BUT only if it has ice in it. My father got him used to it during a really bad Miami heat wave and now... ice or nothing.

Posted by: Emma on September 29, 2007 at 12:39 PM | PERMALINK

Chuck, do you have a cat? Does it live in the house with you? Just wondering.........

Posted by: ohioblue on September 29, 2007 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

Chuck, seriously? Drinking out of a glass will turn a cat into a feline Paris Hilton??? Isn't that overstating it just a tad?

Posted by: Susan on September 29, 2007 at 7:36 PM | PERMALINK

We got one of those self-refilling waterer dispensers for our cats. They were both satisified with it. At certain intervals it would make a watercooler-like "blub" sound. They (now, alas, only "she")sit and wait for that sound, and then drink.

Posted by: thersites on September 29, 2007 at 9:00 PM | PERMALINK

That story is the epitome of why I hate cats. Squirt her in the face with a squirt gun with water and a touch (and I do mean a touch, dammit!) of vinegar or alcohol and see how long it takes to learn not to do that particular behavior.

Posted by: MNPundit on September 30, 2007 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

Actually I agree with Chuck 90% and I have a cat. The Paris Hilton things is nonsensical but the point remains.

Cats are animals. Not people.

There is a difference.

Posted by: MNPundit on September 30, 2007 at 1:40 PM | PERMALINK

There was something perfect
before the Universe was born.
It was serene. Solitary.
Unchanging. Infinite. Eternally present.
For lack of a better name it is called
Cat.

To attempt to train the Cat is to
Go against the Tao.

Man follows the Earth.
Earth follows the universe.
The universe follows the Tao
The Tao follows only Cat.

--Meough-Tse

Posted by: John deVille on October 1, 2007 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

I'm reminded of the saying, attributed to B.F. Skinner, about the scientific investigation of operant behavior: "Under carefully controlled experimental conditions, the subject animal does what it damn well pleases."

With regard to the drinking behavior of our own two cats, they got used to the dripping faucet in the tub of our old apartment, and though we have been in this house for eight years they still hop into the bathtub and ask us to turn on the water for them. And we do. However, they will drink from the water dish in the kitchen if they have to, and do so from time to time (especially if we're away for a few days and have a sitter coming in.)

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