Neutered today, now splashes his water everywhere??!

Ben EdwardsBen Edwards New York CityMember Posts: 3
So my dear little Gatsby got neutered this morning and now it's the evening and he has taken to splashing every last drop of water out of his drinking bowl. He's done it 3 times in the last 30 minutes but never did this before today. His litter is sticking to his paws trailing it all over the place. Anyone know why he is doing this? Is he hot from the medication and trying to cool down? He HATES water (tried to bath him a few weeks ago which was traumatic for us both!). Has anyone else experienced this so soon after getting their cat neutered? Did it stop? I'm concerned he'll keep doing it without drinking it! Can anybody shed any light? Thanks in advance.

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  • Tara McLeanTara McLean Member Posts: 113
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    My cat Simon does this, though I got him well after he was fixed. I'm not sure why this behavior has cropped up now but what I do is provide a BIG water pail (like a 4L ice cream bucket or a smaller horse feed bucket, which is what I'm using now for my dogs and the cats just drink out of it as well) but make sure it's heavy enough so he wont tip it over. I have my water dish moved over to a non-carpet surface or you can place a towel under it, that way it's easy to clean up and Simon still gets to take his 'baths' in the dish. The litter sticking to his feet is problematic as well. With Simon I keep the fur on his paws clipped short (which helps a lot because he has ridiculously hairy feet!)Trying a new type of litter (recycled newspaper or the crystal kind) could help with that also. Sorry I couldn't offer any suggestions as to why or how to stop him, I just know how to deal with a compulsive dish diver XD Good luck!
  • Universal WhispererUniversal Whisperer Member Posts: 595 ✭✭
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    Your cat also is still partly under the influence of anesthetic and his senses, coordination, awareness, etc aren't totally back to normal yet.Until anesthetic effects completely wear off, your cat is likely to be more drowsy, more clumsy, less aware (sort of "out of it"), and less active than normal. He is likely to sleep more than usual, eat less than usual, and be sloppier in his eating, drinking and litter habits than normal. It usually takes at least a day or two for the effects of anesthetic to completely wear off. Some medications do have a side effect of making an animal thirstier and drink more water. You can ask your vet about this if you're concerned. Baths and pawing at a dish of water are unrelated. Cats are picky and want their water to be fresh. Dust, dirt, hair, etc settle on the surface of water in a dish. Cats will paw at the water to try to bring fresher water up from under the surface. Many cats like to splash water or catch drops from a faucet.


  • Carrie MorganCarrie Morgan Member Posts: 1
    OMG! Exactly the same thing happened to me today!! Took my 5 month old boy in to get him done. Brought him home and he went to the water bowl he shares with the two dogs and just went mental!! Splashing the water EVERYWHERE!! He was soaked and I had to physically remove him and hide the water bowl!! I phoned the vets and they were mystified and told me to makes sure his operated on area was dry!!! His pupils are huge and he has been quite manic and hypo. I am praying he has settled by the morning!! I don't agree with the comment below about dust on the water,etc, as I have had him since he was 5 weeks old and he has a normal cat aversion to water. He was practically sticking his head and upper body in and splashing with both paws!! He has never acted like this before!
  • Tina JacquesTina Jacques Member Posts: 1
    I know this thread is over a year old but I found it when I was doing a google search because Bailey was fixed today and now she's splashing the water out of her dish like a little lunatic lol. I tried putting her in the tub with just a tiny bit of water in it but she freaked and went right back to splashing the water in her dish. It's not clumsiness, she is really playing in it.
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