Knowing these facts can help solve a number of problems with house cats and water. For instance, if your cat drinks from everything but the water dish, consider moving the water away from the food bowl. Put it in the opposite corner of the room.
If the cat prefers to drink from the tap, a fountain, or even the toilet, odds are it wants moving water instead of the kind that has been sitting in the bowl all day. Cats who splash their water with their paws before drinking are likely attempting to solve the same problem. There are great recirculating water fountains for cats. If this isn't an option in your household, consider changing the water in the bowl more often - at least twice a day.
That said, some cats just like to play with water. They like the reflective surface and they way it splashes when they hit it.
~ Maria Sadowski ~