Many owners are faced with the fact that the cat does not drink enough. An insufficient amount of fluid can lead to certain problems. Fortunately, there are simple ways to teach them to drink.
Why is water important, and how much should cats drink daily? What happens if you drink too little? We suggest that you consider these and other issues related to fluid consumption.
Why water is important for cats
Water is vital for any living creature. It performs important functions in the body:
- regulates body temperature;
- transports nutrients;
- necessary for the digestion of food;
- helps remove toxins from the body;
- supports functions of internal organs;
- ensures the operation of enzymes;
- participates in the work of muscles, joints, eyes;
- preserves the elasticity of fabrics.
Therefore, it is important to have enough of it in the diet. In animals that consume little liquid, concentrated urine is dark yellow with a pronounced smell. At the same time, they rarely go to the tray. Constipation is also an indirect sign of insufficient fluid intake. This can contribute to the formation of sand and stones in the bladder. As well as a lack of fluid can lead to a weakening of the body, metabolic disorders and reduced immunity. It is necessary that the pet has unlimited access to water around the clock.
The cat does not drink, what can be the reasons
Domestic cats are descended from the inhabitants of the desert, by nature they do not drink much. Although they do not have a special need for drinking, a balanced water balance plays an important role for their health. The daily fluid requirement depends on age, diet, physical activity, and ambient temperature.
Most common causes:
- You may not like the place if the bowl is in a noisy, crowded, bright room, or is located next to the tray.
- The pet may hold a grudge or experience stress. And as a result, refuse to take not only water, but also food.
- The water can be spoiled, has an unpleasant smell for the cat of bleach, detergents, or smell of algae.
- The animal can get a significant portion of the liquid with wet food.
- Refusal of liquid may be the result of malaise or illness of the animal, accompanied by poor health, weakness, refusal of food, increased body temperature.
Perhaps you don’t notice how much Your cat actually drinks? Street animals often drink from puddles, but domestic animals find non-obvious sources: watering cans, flower vases, buckets, toilet bowls, and often drink from the owner’s cups.
How much water should a cat drink daily
An adult, healthy individual needs to consume approximately 40-50 milliliters of fluid per kilogram of body weight daily. The amount of moisture in the food is also important. For example, a pet weighing 4.5 kilograms requires approximately 200 ml of liquid. Food food: if a cat eats 170 grams of wet food every day (80% moisture content), it covers more than half of the daily water requirement, receiving 135 ml of liquid with the food. If he eats only 70 grams of dry food (9% moisture content), he needs to drink another 180 ml per day.
The level of activity of Pets should be taken into account. The more active the pet, the more liquid it needs. Also, if the outdoor or indoor temperature is above 20 degrees, the need for liquid consumption increases.
It is worth noting that sometimes a different drinking regime may be required. So for certain diseases or after operations, you need to strictly follow the recommendations of the veterinarian.
Stressful factors, such as a change of residence, unknown people at home, or a neighbor’s cat, affect the behavior of four-legged friends. It often happens that the cats in such situations, drink less. Let her get used to the new life situation, observe the behavior.
The required amount of fluid for the body also depends on the age. A young growing kitten’s body requires more fluids. And in old age, this need decreases. It is normal if an elderly cat drinks less than normal.
How to teach a cat to drink more
Cats are unique, as are their drinking habits. It is impossible to force a pet to do anything, but there are tricks that can be used to influence the habits of the animal. At the same time, it is much more difficult to retrain an adult. Try different options and watch to find out your preferences.
Maybe fluffy prefers running water from the tap? So, you should think about purchasing a special drinking fountain. It consists of a tank and a small pump that ensures constant movement of water and its saturation with oxygen.
Owners notice that cats are more likely to drink from certain bowls. Some people don’t like it when their moustaches touch the edge of the bowl and prefer wide, shallow bowls. Others like to drink from large bowls, containers where they can put their paws, as in a pond.
An equally important role is played by the material of the bowl. You should experiment and find out what you like best: a bowl made of clear glass, ceramic, metal or plastic.
You can try changing the location of the bowl. If you can find the right place, cats will be more willing to drink. Pets may not like it if the bowls of water and food are next to each other and do not like to share the bowls with other animals. Many people disdain to drink next to the tray.
Many people like it when several bowls of water are placed around the house, they are curious animals, they are keenly interested in the unusual and new. Using these simple tips, You will find her favorite place.
Cats love fresh water, so it must be changed daily. But there are exceptions to the rules — some prefer stagnant water.
To increase your pet’s interest in water, add a couple of drops of cream, milk, or meat juice. Keep in mind that you should not give milk and cream in “pure” form, they contain milk sugar, which causes diarrhea in most cats. By the way, you can make meat juice in the form of ice cubes to give them a taste. But don’t let the cat drink ice water! It should be at room temperature. Animals that prefer clean fresh water may be disturbed by the taste or smell of tap water. In this case, filters for cleaning drinking water will come to the rescue, or use bottled still water. There are no useful substances in boiled water, so it is better to give preference to raw water.
One way to increase the amount of liquid consumed is to add it to the food. Food food: try soaking the dry food or adding a small amount of liquid to the wet food.
Several small meals daily, consistent with the natural feeding behavior of cats. With each meal, they drink a little water, as the released digestive juices cause a feeling of thirst. It is preferable to choose the frequency of feeding together with the veterinarian, taking into account, for example, the results of a urine test.
When to contact a veterinary clinic
If You have tried all the options and continue to worry that Your pet is not drinking enough, contact your veterinarian. Lack of interest in drinking water can be a symptom with a variety of causes. The veterinarian will conduct an examination, if necessary, appoint additional studies to find out the true cause, prescribe the correct treatment and give recommendations on how to establish the correct drinking regime.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.