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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Kristy    Wabasso, MN

3/24/2010 11:45:14 PM

Tammy,
Our cat Ted was doing the same thing with his water dish. He would go and drink and then play and be frisky and end up tipping the bowl and getting water all over the place. We solved that issue by getting him a petmate water fountain bowl because it has a large wide base so he can't throw his dish araound. Plus, he loves the running water!

Ana    San Pedro, CA

3/24/2010 1:53:11 PM

I got a selkirk rex from a breeder up north. That late afternoon after coming home to me he had blood in the stool. I took him in the next day to the vet and she sent his stool out to get tested. They found Tritrichamonas. Right now she has me treating him with a high fiber low calorie diet ,RD, to help starve the parasites. He's not due to a fecal examine for about a month because he is on antibiotics to sooth his stomach. I've spoken to a breeder and said that Ranitaozole took care of a cat that had that parasite. Can you give me any information you know about this. My vet went to a seminar on that exact parasite and she found that he needs more attention as far as medical and if he still test's positive for this parasite she said there is going to have to be a scary thing done. Can you help me. Also, can you tell me what is pet quality??

janet    bethlehem, PA

4/15/2008 4:41:08 AM

Cats must ALWAYS have a water bowl with fresh water available!

Rebecca    Broken Arrow, OK

11/6/2007 7:56:56 PM

This article was helpful as I am a new cat owner. My cat goes to the sink and meows when he is thirsty. He will drink from the faucet for 5 minutes at a time but he hardly touches his water dish. I change the water a number of times throughout the day but now I know that I should get him a water fountain type dish.

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