Quite a lot of cats spill water out of their water bowls. It’s a common issue amongst cat owners that isn’t often discussed, in my opinion, mostly because it’s not such an enormous or agitating problem in comparison to a lot of other, more pressing issues we cat owners frequently have to deal with. Cat waking you up earlier and earlier with meows every morning, or even meowing into the wee hours of the night? That’s a harder problem to have to live with, considering it really impacts your sleep as a pet parent.
But back to the water spilling, because while it’s not the most pressing issue or much of a big deal most times, it is a pretty simple thing to address with the right water bowl. If your cat is splashing rather than really spilling water, and it isn’t too big a deal to you, but you’d like to protect, say, hardwood floors or carpeting from the spillage, you may want to look into these food-grade pet place mats instead of no spill cat water bowls. Either way you go, considering how easy a fix there typically is, and how low-cost these items are, there isn’t much point ignoring the problem of water spilling, especially if an adult kitty is the one doing the splashing, rather than a kitten who may still grow out of the behaviour.
Why do cats spill water out of bowls? There are actually a lot more reasons than you might expect. Sometimes, cats are playful and find their water bowl a splashy source of entertainment. Other times, cats simply like to make water ripple before taking a sip. Some cats will even try to topple over their bowls for one reason or another, causing an enormous mess and making it difficult to say whether your cat will become dehydrated if left for many hours on a hot day – what if your cat just so happened to spill the water bowl over early and needed water in a few hours?
It seems to me that most cats typically spill or splash out water for one reason or another. My cat Avery likes to make his water ripple before he drinks – I doubt he will ever begin to spill water from his bowl for any other reason. Other cats, who spill water because they find their bowls fun to play with, I doubt will begin to splash water for any other reason as well.
So figuring out why your particular cat seems to be spilling water is a good thing to do, and in my opinion, really goes a long way in helping you determine which type of no spill pet bowl you will end up going for. If your cat likes splashing but never turns over his or her bowl, for instance, you won’t necessarily need something heavy and/or weighted. Something light, but that will keep water in should suffice. If you have a cat who likes to ripple water before drinking like I do, there may be a chance a water fountain that constantly has water rippling and flowing will suit your cat’s needs better than a no spill cat bowl.
Luckily, there are a lot of options. I will try to go over as many of the types of options you have as I can in this article, as well as a description of when I think those particular no spill water bowl options would work best for cats, but do let me know in the comments if you have a kitty who spills water for a reason I didn’t describe yet, and what your thoughts are on ways to remedy the spillage issue. Without further ado!
No Spill Water Bowls for Cats: From Non-Slip Feeding Stations to Heavy Ceramic Dishes
If your cat doesn’t do a lot of splashing, and more or less does a lot of toppling over of his or her cat bowl, you may want to entertain this no spill pet bowl. It’s got a lip over the majority of the bowl to prevent water from easily spilling out. That being said, it is quite light, which isn’t ideal, and thus you may want to use this hack to weigh it down if your cat really likes to whack his or her water dish until it’s spilled everywhere. It seems to work well for a lot of pet parents, and really poorly for others, so be aware of this before you commit.
One alternative you may want to check out: the Pet Supply Imports Anti-Splash Waterhole Dog and Cat Bowl.
These no-slip style stainless steel bowl combos – basically food bowl and water feeder stations that are held down by non-skid silicone – are an excellent alternative to the no spill pet bowl if you’re trying to keep your cat from completely toppling over his or her bowl. I think they’re probably the least ideal for cats who like to splash, as they will do nothing to help in that regard. But for the typical cat who topples dishes, this should work really well even for food.
Check out the Bonza Cat Food Bowls, Premium Non Spill Dog Bowls with Mat as well if you like the non-slip silicone mat and two bowl combo.
Got a cat like mine, who likes to ripple water before he or she takes a sip? I have a theory that cats like to do this so they can more easily see where the water depth is at in a bowl, though I think I’ve read somewhere it’s because they’ve evolved to prefer drinking moving water over still water. That explanation would make perfect sense since, in nature, moving water has a lot less dangerous bacteria in it than still.
Whatever the reason, if your cat likes to see those ripples before drinking, it would make sense that if a water fountain created those ripples, there should be no need to place a paw inside. Water fountains are often also good for getting cats to drink more water, so you may be hitting two birds with one stone by grabbing one.
Have a cat who likes to ripple water before drinking? Bought a fountain for your cat? Did the rippling behaviour change? Would love to know – do take a moment to leave a comment below telling me if yes or no.
If you’re looking for something quite heavy and weighted, you might want to simultaneously give a try to raised water bowls as well. There are a lot of elevated food and water bowls out there, and many cats seem to prefer having that extra height. Necoichi makes some of the most popular raised pet dishes around for cats, and they seem to help with problems from increase in comfort while drinking to vomit issues that can be brought up by drinking with a low bowl. Considering how heavy they are, they strike me as being good options for fending off spills as well.
An alternative to the URPOWER Dog Bowl set, this time with a little more elevation from what I can tell. I think these types of products should be excellent if you’re looking to reduce the likelihood of cats spilling over their water. Whether they work as well as raised bowls is up for debate, however, they may need a little more height to work as well as the Necoichi raised bowls or some other varieties.
Just want some heavy bowls, weighted because of the material they’re made with and the fact that they’re pretty thick? Kaytee Stonewear makes some excellent looking pet bowls that fit this description to a t.
7. Indipets Stainless Steel Spill Proof – Splash Free No Tip Anti Skid Dish with Easy Pick up Grip Handle
If you’re looking for a heavy, no-tip, anti-skid water bowl for your cat, this may work out better than most. A lot of positive reviews, though there are absolutely pet parents out there who this particular spill-proof bowl wasn’t spill proof for.
8. Hepper – Nomnom Modern Cat Bowl – Whisker Friendly + No Spill – Stainless Steel Pet Food and Water Dish for Cats
Apparently this combo food-and-water dish is excellent, not only insofar as it’s whisker friendly and spill resistant, but it’s also good for cats who eat wet food, and eat it in quite a messy, sloppy way.
This Modern Artisans heavy weight stoneware water bowl looks like an excellent combination of both a really weighted water dish and a spill rim barrier along the outside of the bowl. While there aren’t too many reviews from feline pet parents, these bowls do look like they may just do the trick for a lot of cat owners looking for stoneware and heavy dishes, with a little extra protection against splashing and spills.
10. Less-Mess Pet Bowl – Dripless, Anti Gulping, Spill Proof, No Skid – Water or Food + Great for Dogs, Puppy, Cats
These types of water bowls are really interesting. They work sort of like water dispensers that don’t dispense very much water at one time, so they reduce gulping and slow down pet drinking if that’s ever a concern you have at home as well. Not quite sure how to describe the concept besides giving you a quick peek at a dog using a Misyue No Spill Dog Bowl, an alternative to the Less-Mess Pet Bowl. That reviewer has particularly good pictures taken of the process. I think it’s an excellent idea, though I’m not sure how well it will work for every cat.
- Misyue Dog No Spill Proof Water Bowl Slow Feeder
- Vitalumos Dog Water Bowl, Splash-Free Pet Bowl with Antibacterial
This portable travel water bowl seems like a good option in case you were looking for a no-spill dish you could easily move around from place to place, room to room, house to house, or put in a kennel while transporting a cat in a car, even. There are a lot of practical uses you could get out of this one, and honestly, if you’re having issues with your cat tipping over the water bowl a lot, I think it may even work better than the vast majority of non-portable solutions out there.
Your Thoughts on Spill Proof Cat Water Bowls?
Have you ever had a cat who splashed or spilled water? What do you think was the reason behind this behaviour?
Did you ever solve the issue of spilled water, or did you simply live with it?
Do you have any tips for what to look for in a no spill cat water bowl? Have any advice for what to stay away from?
Love to hear any and all advice you have in the comments down below!