Remember what parents used to say, you need to stay hydrated and eat well to grow healthy, right?
Well, you as a parent of a kitty should definitely take this raising philosophy seriously and make sure your furry pal eats enough water.
Staying hydrated is as important for humans as it is for cats, so this rule is particularly important when ca is sick or dehydrated, as this can have negative implications on their health.
Just some of the problems dehydration can cause are issues with the digestive system, bad skin, hair, and immune system problems.
While all cats need to drink a certain amount of water to stay healthy, keeping them properly hydrated is especially important in case they are old, very young or sick, as in these cases they may need more water than usual, but at the same time, the reality is that these cats have the most trouble staying hydrated.
So, why does your cat refuse to drink water?
What are the possible reasons and how to get them to stay more hydrated?
Here are your answers.
So, how to get a cat to drink more water?
While al living creatures have the impulse to drink water when thirsty, sometimes cats, like their owners, don’t feel the need to drink as much water, even though drinking some more would benefit them a great deal.
There are many possible reasons why your furry friend is dehydrated and stays aways from the water bowl quite a bit. Being worried that they don’t drink enough water when sick, very young or very old is a common thing among cat owners.
The first clue you can investigate lies exactly there, in the bowl. One of the main reasons they won’t come near the water bowl is that there is a flavor to the water that you might be completely oblivious to, but your cat certainly is not.
In case the water smells funny and has a funny taste, it could simply repel your cat from drinking it.
If you suspect this is the case, simply try pouring some bottled water in the dish and see how they will react.
This is commonly the problem for owners who pour tap water into their cat's dishes, as chlorine and other chemicals and minerals, while not bothering humans, can be repelling to cats.
You can also flavor up the water with tastes cats love the most. As cats have highly alert sense, appetizing flavors like tuna or salmon will draw their attention to the bowl and stimulate them to drink more.
Another very common reason could be that the water is not fresh enough. Many times we simply assume just because the water bowl is full that the water is drinkable.
Just like the water from the last night tastes odd when you drink it in the morning, cats find the same taste as odd as you do.
The reason is that once poured and left for a couple of hours, the water starts gradually losing its freshness, catching tiny flying particles from the ar and developing bacteria.
While the water is still drinkable and not harmful to your cat even if you leave it in the bowl for a whole day, it still is not fresh and kitties can very much sense that and notice the difference in the taste.
So, if this sounds like your situation what you can do to motivate your furry friend to drink more is simply try to keep the water fresh, the dish clean and replace the water in the bowl a few times a day, not only when the bowl is empty.
However, because most cat owners are busy people and can’t be physically present at home to replace the water frequently enough, one of the best investments they can make is getting a quality machine that will do the job for them.
Therefore, in case you are the busy one, simply try a cat water fountain.
These devices are made to make your life easier by filtering the water and providing a constant flow of fresh, drinkable liquid that will lure your cat to drink more, without you having to replace it so often.
Most of the time, the combination of water sound and the freshness it provides is enough to stimulate the cat to stay more hydrated. All this means there will be no odd taste or smell to the water, and this will result in a greater than usual desire to drink.
If you know you change the water regularly and try to keep it as fresh as it can be, and the furry friend still refuses to drink from the bowl, you can try another trick.
Because cats can be really picky and like their things to be a certain way, one of the things you can do is simply place water bowls everywhere, especially if you have a large home and a lazy or elderly cat that isn’t as active as they should be.
The very fact that they don’t have to go down the stairs or walk all the way to the other corner of the house just to have a drink will make the water bowl more appealing to them.
If you have tried all of the above and you are still worried that their furriness is not staying hydrated, try enriching their diet and add wet food to her diet.
Wet food is formulated not only to be delicious and make their diet better but to have a certain level of moisture which improves digestion and improves hydration.
By balancing their diet with canned food that is rich in moisture, you can lay back and let your worries fly away.
All of this being said, the best treatment of dehydration in cats is a combination of a well-balanced diet, which is a combination of both dry and quality wet foods and making sure your kitty has access to freshwater in different corners of the house every time of the day.