Recently an unidentified culprit has been leaving the water in our bathroom sink running. I blamed the kids at first (a fair conclusion, mind you, since I have observed them walk off with the water still running), but then mysteriously, the sink was being left on when the kids were not even home.
Next in line would be Gary, but we have been sharing a home for years, and he has never displayed a fondness for randomly leaving the water running. And naturally it wasn’t me. So what was going on? Faulty plumbing? Loose faucet? Water-loving ghost?
One day I surprised my cat Sylvester in the bathroom, who had hopped onto the counter and was displaying great interest in the sink. He cast a guilty glance over his furry shoulder but kept at his little project, which was pawing repeatedly at the cold water faucet. Eventually the faucet turned just enough to release a trickle of water, and Sylvester ducked his head, lapped up some cool water, then hopped off the counter and strolled off, thirst quenched.
I did not really just see that. Surely my cat was not just turning on the sink like a water fountain so he could help himself to a refreshing beverage!
But sure enough, I have walked into the bathroom again since then, and there was Sylvester, pawing expertly at the faucet until he turned the water on. I yelled at him and chased him out, and he departed with a displeased frown, apparently plotting to return when I wasn’t there to interrupt.
Why isn’t the water in their water bowl good enough for him? That cat doesn’t need to look for reasons to get into trouble. And really, I wouldn’t mind terribly much if he would just turn the water back OFF!
*Cat at sink image courtesy of 123rf.com…the cat closely resembles my Sylvester, but Sylvester is considerably fatter.