• Julie Gajewski, CPPS

Cats: Why don't they drink a lot of water?

Cats are picky. They are often changing where they prefer to be pet, where they like to sleep, and what they like to eat. Perhaps one of the things they are most picky about is their water. Many cat owners of ten wonder why their cat does not drink a lot of water. There are several reasons for this.

Their survival instincts are still strong

It has been over 4,000 years since the first cat was domesticated in Ancient Egypt, but to this day the survival instincts in the species are still very strong. Still water can be very intimidating to a cat. They feel open to attack when drinking out of a bowl and they often cannot tell where the water begins. Cats also are weary of still water since they are uncertain if the water is fresh or if it contains harmful bacteria. To help your kitty drink more water from her bowl, wash the water bowl daily with soap & water and always keep it filled to the same level.

Cats like running water

Most cat owners will tell you that their cat has tried to take a drink straight from the tap on more than one occasion. This is because they prefer running water to water that sits still in a bowl. To a cat running water equals fresh water. It is cooler and tastes better since it is more oxygenated from the constant circulation. Purchasing Fluffy a cat water fountain will not only make her happy, it will encourage her to drink more water! Amazon has a variety of fountains to choose from! We really like the Pioneer Rain Drop Fountain & the PetSafe Drinkwell Ceramic Pagoda Fountain.

Placement of the water dish

Cats do not like their water dish right next to their food dish. They prefer not to smell their food while they get a refreshing drink of water. They also are worried the food may contaminate the water leading to bacteria growth. So do your feline friend a favor a move their water dish across the room and offer them several bowl to drink from around the house. Your cat will thank you!

Feeding wet food helps

Most house cats eat dry food. Although dry food is convenient and more cost effective for cat owners, it does not provide the moisture your cat needs. If Fluffy was living outside, she would be hunting rodents, birds , and lizards for her morning meal. Just like humans, those small animal species are made up of 70% water, and would give Fluffy most of the water she needs in a day. Since Fluffy is living the high life as an indoor kitty, feasting on small creatures is not an option. However, feeding wet food provides the same amount of moisture content for your cat and make them happy at the same time! A simple switch to wet food can make all the difference when it comes to your cat's kidney function. And since kidney disease is the number one killer of domesticated cats, it may be worth the switch.

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a Veterinary Technician and veterinary hospital administrator since 1997. She founded her pet sitting company, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, at the young age of 16. She was nominated as one of Pet Sitters International’s Top 5 Pet Sitters in 2016 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

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