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Begete 08-16-2013 04:33 PM

HELP! Cat question
Blue has learned how to turn on the faucets in the master bathroom.....
Full blast.....nothing short of full blast interests him. Either he does not know how to turn the water off...or turning it off does not interest him. They are lever type faucets and he puts his furry little head under them and lifts his head up....and looks immensely proud of himself when the water flows.

We have been keeping a bucket of water in our very large bathtub for the boys as they love playing with water and this gives them an emergency supply for both harmless play, and drinking water should we be delayed getting home, but now they jump up on the counter and play in the sinks, too.

I hate shutting the bathroom door whenever we leave the house, but I fear coming home to a flood.

Any ideas? Suggestions?

Ylodazy 08-16-2013 05:58 PM

Hello, first time here. I do think he should indeed be proud of the accomplishment. Does the lever type faucet handle still have a spout the water comes out? Perhaps a rubber band or scrunchie to hold the handle down?

mykneesareback 08-16-2013 07:37 PM

I'll bet he is one of those cats that can be trained to use the toidy, and flush, that you see on YouTube, Begete, maybe that would be helpful to you though. Clever fellow for sure !!

Mssarge 08-16-2013 10:37 PM

It's amazing how our fur kids can figure stuff like that out...maybe you could shut the water off under the sink when you leave the house; if they don't get the expected result they may get discouraged and find some other way to cause you palpitations.

Begete 08-16-2013 11:30 PM

Mary, thank you. That is the best idea yet...a pain in the you know where, but better than coming home to a flood!

Mssarge 08-17-2013 10:22 AM

You're welcome...another thought this morning is to put something large on the counter...a basket or box so the furball can't get onto the counter or a basket or bowl on top of the handle....sometimes we have to be smarter than they.

good luck

Begete 08-17-2013 10:50 AM

Last night I didn't realize that YLODAZY's idea might just work, too.

Doris - I put you in with my group of friends who think that I should just video him doing it, post it on UTube and become rich and famous!

Catzmom 08-17-2013 03:56 PM

My old cat (RIP) used to do this. My husband tightened one screw on each side of the faucet handle, and made it harder to turn. Not too hard for us, but too hard for kitty to push on it and succeed.

Every time I see the commercial for that faucet that turns on if you wave something under it, I picture my water bill tripling! :)

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