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Kittens and water bottles in Burano

I saw many cats on the island of Burano but only managed to take a photo of two.



While wandering around, I noticed water bottles placed in the front of many homes. Intrigued by them, I started to think about the purpose of these bottles.



While pondering in my mind the different theories - which I won't mention here because they sound very silly - I came across a fisherman repairing his fishing net. I asked him about the bottles and he explained that this was the way the residents dealt with the problem of male cats and dogs peeing on the house walls, i.e. marking the territory.


I had previously mentioned the water bottles to Annie and she said that she’s seen them also in Castello. Leave it to the Venetians to be creative and resourceful!

Comments (10)

I can't figure out exactly how or why they work but they must, or why would they keep doing it? I've never seen it done anywhere else but Venice either.

That second cat looks like a bigger LuLu! I don't think I've ever seen a Siamese cat in Venice, that one is a beauty.

Very interesting,Maria, about the water bottles. I wouldn't have thought of that.
And the cats are adorable.

Barb Cabot:

Burano is a mysterious island and so is the mystery of how those water bottles work.

I don't get it either. Beautiful cats.

Wow - a siamese! I saw one in Pienza once.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Maria, I was just going to say that the one cat looks like Annie's Lulu and then I read Annie's comments! :) I don't know that I've ever seen a Siamese cat at anytime in Italy so that is very cool that you got a photo of the first cat.

I also like your photo of the fisherman and that was very nice that he took the time to explain to you the purpose of those water bottles and that is so interesting why that seems to work.

Thanks for this great post Maria. I'm enjoying reading more about your Venice Trip and looking at your photos.

Have a great day today!

Okay, I am not sure if what I am thinking is right now, but I am thinking that cats and dogs out of fear of getting sprayed by water if they pee on the wall, will not do it if they see the water bottles. Is that right,Maria?

Thanks everyone for your comments. After I posted this entry I found a bit more information on this practice and will report my findings in a new post.

Candi, your explanation makes sense and in fact it is one of many others given as to how the water bottles shoo away dogs and cats.


I love cat photos!

I am anxious to read how the water bottles work!


Lovely photos, Maria. And what an interesting idea, using water bottles as a mute threat, to keep cats and dogs from spraying!

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