Saturday, January 5, 2019

Tips to Increase Your Cat’s Water Consumption

Cat’s Water Consumption

Updated: 4/10/24

Is Your Cat Drinking Enough?

Dehydration is a common problem in cats, many cats are water avoiders and keeping them hydrated can be a challenge. Cats maintain proper hydration either through moisture in their food or by drinking enough. Water is important for your cat so they can properly digest food and eliminate waste. When cats are dehydrated, they can develop urinary tract infections or urinary crystals and they can also become constipated.  Senior cats, especially, require proper hydration to help protect their kidney function as it can decline with age. While the current temperature, activity level, and type of food all have an effect on a cat’s hydration, a bout of vomiting or diarrhea can also cause your cat to become dehydrated quickly. 

Why Is It A Problem?  

Dehydration in cats can have serious consequences if left untreated. Symptoms may include lethargy, sunken eyes, dry mouth, panting, loss of appetite, and in severe cases, collapse or organ failure. It's essential to ensure that cats have access to fresh water at all times and to monitor their hydration levels, especially during hot weather or if they're showing signs of illness. Here are some tips to help increase your cat's water consumption.

Tips to Increase Your Cat’s Water Consumption

  • Incorporate high-moisture canned or raw food into your cat’s diet--avoid or limit dry food if at all possible
  • Use an automatic water fountain as many cats prefer running water 
  • Keep fresh clean water available and change the water frequently
  • Try using different types of water bowls 
  • Use a variety of water such as bottled or filtered to determine your cat’s preference since some cats can be very particular about the water they drink

Keeping your cat hydrated will help ensure your cat stays happy and healthy. If you suspect your cat may be dehydrated, be sure to contact your veterinarian.  Sometimes fluid therapy is needed if your cat is very dehydrated.

Author: Susan Davis
Orignal Post: 1/5/19
Updated: 4/10/24