Okay… my cat has recently lost her mind. Olive (aka “Owlie” and “Knucklehead” )has become convinced that a very small trickle of water from the bathroom sink’s tap is actually some sort of silver water trickle snake that needs to be killed with paw swipes. She will swipe and swipe to kill this thing and go so far as to stick her head under the trickle and paw at the runoff from her jaw. She will, at any time I make a move towards the bathroom, dash ahead, make two quick laps around the tub, spring out onto the toilet tank and then sit expectantly by the sink waiting for the silver snaky thing. If that doesn’t happen and I am standing next to the sink easing my (ahem) bladder she starts to eye that stream with serious intent and start to hunch her body as if to make the leap towards the bowl as I mumble “Don’t you dare. Don’t you dare.”
Of late I’ve taken to kicking her out of the bathroom but she sulks and pouts about the apartment afterward. Yesterday, just as a test, I left the silver water trickle snake slithering on as I went out to the store for an hour. When I came back she was still on swiping at it and her head was soaked. Clearly a case of felinesanity. How can I break her of this cat cul-de-sac? We can’t possibly do years of her sitting by the sink. Please advise.