7 Ways to Get Your Cat to Drink More Water
18 January, 2018
We all know the importance of water in humans and of course in our dogs and cats. While most dogs seem to gulp down their water readily, some cats are more finicky about drinking water. And, water, of course is important for your cat’s overall livelihood and kidney function. There are many ways to entice your cat to drink more water.
1. Make sure your cat eats wet food
Most cats love wet food and this is the easiest way to make sure your cat gets enough water. However, if your cat is very finicky and won’t eat wet food, add water or broth to your cat’s dry food. And if your cat is eating only dry food, than it is even more important to encourage water drinking.
2. Place water bowls throughout your home
Make it really easy for your cat to get water by having multiple water stations throughout the house. Leaving a few strategically placed drinking glasses around might entice your cat to drink more.
3. Change the type of water bowl
Cats are very picky when it comes to bowls. Try experimenting with different types of bowls to see if your cat has a preference. Think about different materials (glass, metal, ceramic, etc.) as well as depth. A cat’s whiskers are sensitive and some cats will avoid a dish if their whiskers touch the side while they drink.
4. Add ice cubes to your cats’ water or even food
Ice cubes add moisture and it’s like a little treat for the cat. The cube takes on the food’s flavor, and while your cat’s licking the cube, he’s getting water, too. Ice cubes in your cat’s water bowl also might make the water more interesting. Some cats prefer icy cold water, just like some humans do. My cat likes to drink right from my glass so I leave a plastic glass with ice on the floor next to his food bowl.
5. Make sure all water bowls are refilled regularly
Cats like fresh water –don’t we all! Make sure to change the water at least once a day and wash out the bowl completely with soap and water regularly to keep it from getting dirty.
6. Cats love running water- try tapping into the faucet
If your cat is attracted to running water, use this as a great opportunity to get him to drink more! Try running the faucet a few minutes several times a day. (not a great idea for a water shortage- but we need our cats to drink!) You can build it into your morning and evening routine when feeding your kitty.
7. Try a fun interactive water fountain
Many cats like drinking out of fountains. It might take a while for them to get the hang of it, but once they do, they’ll love it! Fountains are a great option because the moving water is interesting to the cat and it stays fresh. This definitely helps if you forget to change your cat’s bowl every day.
Stay attuned to where your cat likes to drink and/or from what device and build on that to make sure your cat is getting enough water.
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