Cats Can't Drink Enough Water!

All cats' diets need to include fresh water, no matter what they eat.

By J. Veronika Kiklevich, DVM

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Q. We feed our two adult, female cats wet food twice a day. Do cats still need a dish of water if they are on a wet food diet?

A. Veterinarians believe that cats simply do not drink enough water. Increasing the amount of water cats drink on a daily basis helps avoid many types of kidney and bladder problems. I encourage you to keep fresh water available for your cats at all times. Some cats like to drink running water, and often people will purchase a device specifically for cats that provides fresh running water at all times.

It is also important to monitor the amount that your cat drinks. Any change in your cats water intake may signify that something is wrong. If, for instance, you virtually never see your cat drinking, then you suddenly notice that it is at the water dish several times a day, that could indicate something is wrong. In that case, you need to get your cat to the veterinarian in hope of diagnosing the problem early while it is still treatable.

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Marilyn    Columbus, NE

10/27/2015 7:09:32 AM

It seems to me that one of my cats drinks a lot of water and I was worried about diabetes. But reading that vets think cats don't drink enough water I will stop worrying. She is a healthy little rascal and such a delight to have around.

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

7/29/2013 12:00:33 PM


CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

2/11/2013 11:47:10 AM

Yes -- Ash is the amount of mineral deposit that remains in a sample of food after it is burned in the laboratory for two hours. Ash contains the essential minerals in a cat’s diet, such as phosphorus, potassium, manganese, magnesium, sodium and calcium. It needs to be in the right balance though. Ash content that is too high may cause urinary tract problems.

Judi    pembroke pines, FL

2/9/2013 4:08:21 AM

can not drinking enough water cause urinary blockage,,does the ash in the food cause the same problem

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