We all know that cats can have some really funny antics. I myself have dogs but I know many folks who have always had cats. Because of allergies in the home, we can’t . . . but I just love them and watching them play.
Some people have raised the question as to why cats dip their paws in their water before drinking and I don’t believe there has ever been a definitive answer. Cats are very curious creatures . . . and actually everything is a game to them. Being that they are not real fond of water, in a sense, as for baths, this can be a cautious maneuver on their part, checking the water level and temp before attempting to drink. After all, they don’t want to just dig in and maybe get their whole face and whiskers get a “bath” while trying to just get a little drink! I feel some cats lick the water from their paw as a way of getting a drink (the hard way) without actually “going into the water bowl”.
It could also be a cleanliness factor for your cat as we know that they are one of the cleanest creatures. I wish sometimes that my dogs would groom themselves the way kitty does. I’d be a happy camper. Cats definitely don’t appreciate being soiled in any way, including having water on them.
Some people think that this paw in the water routine is just a playful antic and you have to admit, it is really a cute habit (except for the folks that have water all over the floor as a result). Cats love to play all the time and seem to make a game out of everything they do. This can’t be all bad. I would say to just put a plastic or rubber mat (or as one person mentioned that I have read, used a boot mat) to catch excess water as kitty plays in the “mini-pool”. If this is the worst habit that kitty has, it is not all bad.
Here is an unusual fact, maybe your kitty is one of those that actually loves water. My sister had one of those. They always said to use a spray bottle to train a cat from going where they shouldn’t. Well, it did not work on her cat. He liked the water. Actually, he used to like her to turn the faucet on to a dribble and he would drink from the faucet. As rare as it may seem, don’t be surprised if you have one of the kitties that actually loves baths and playing in the water, putting their toys in the water to play with them as well.
As with any other animal, they are individuals and have different likes and dislikes. Just enjoy your precious feline for their own personality and qualities and know that this is not a major problem . . . just one of their cute and personal antics that make him unique, cute and lovable.