Or next to it? We use old crockpot crocks for water in three areas. One of them is in my bathroom.
The cats did this years ago and recently started again. Peeing next to it. I didn’t notice it at first, but a couple of days ago I realized the water level wasn’t going down. I took a closer look and saw pee on the floor next to the crock.
I picked it up and all underneath it had pee on it and when this stuff doesn’t dry up, but just sits there, it gets really nasty.
So, I took the crock into the kitchen and gave it a thorough scrubbing. Inside and out, from top to bottom. I refilled it with filtered water, cleaned the floor where I set it down and this morning, there was pee next to it. Again. So, I started over.
I don’t know why they do this.