Last Updated on: September 14, 2020
Are you concerned that your cat isn’t getting enough water? If so, you’re not alone.
Many cat parents feel the exact same way. It’s can be a disconcerting feeling wondering if your loved one is on the verge of dehydration. And dehydration can cause very serious problems in cats from urinary tract infections to bladder and kidney issues.
However, there are some tricks that you can use to encourage your cat to drink more water. And they’re not difficult to do at all! But first, let’s look into why your cat might not be drinking as much as you’d like.
Why Isn’t Your Cat Drinking Water?
There are many reasons why cats might not want to drink water in the first place.
Cats by nature don’t drink that much water. Domesticated cats are often descended from desert-dwelling wild cats who didn’t have much access to water. And due to this, don’t require water (in a traditional sense) as much as other animals. Wild cats actually get most of their water intake from the prey they catch.
However, many domesticated cats don’t live off of fresh catch. Instead, most consume a primarily dry diet in the form of kibble. Now, there are a bunch of great reasons for this — such as maintaining proper oral hygiene and proper nutrition balance — but it’s severely lacking in water content.
Cats also are extremely particular about where their water comes from. Just as we don’t like to eat in our bathrooms, neither do cats. If their food bowls are anywhere near their litter, there’s a good chance that your cat will consider that water contaminated.
Also, your cat could just be super-finicky about their bowl, water source, or any other variable. As you know, cats are extremely picky when it comes to just about everything. But don’t worry, just try out these simple tips to get your cat drinking more water.
7 Tips to Get Your Cat to Drink More
Most of the time, all you need is a quick simple fix to encourage your cat to drink more water.
1. Relocate Your Cat’s Water Bowl
This is the easiest solution to getting your cat to drink more water. Your cat’s water bowl shouldn’t be anywhere near its litter box and that includes even being within line of sight. If at all possible, you should keep your cat’s food and water bowl in a separate room from the litter box.
If you’re still having trouble with your cat drinking water after moving it away from the litter, consider separating it out from the food bowl. Often, a food bowl and water bowl will be right next to each other. And depending on your cat’s eating habits, pieces of their food may end up in the water bowl — contaminating the whole thing.
2. Add Additional Water Bowls
You may need to provide more than just one water bowl. Cats can be particular when it comes to their eating and drinking habits. They might not be drinking just because you’re in the room. So, offer different locations around your home where your cat can drink in peace if their primary location is compromised.
3. Choose a Different Bowl
It may just be that your cat doesn’t like their drinking bowl anymore. If moving their bowl around doesn’t do the trick, opt for a different bowl. When selecting the best water bowl, you’ll want to look for something wide and shallow to prevent whisker stress. The Park Life Designs Monty Cat Bowl is a sturdy, easy-to-clean option.
4. Get Their Water Circulating
Cats just love fresh bubbly water. In nature, a tell-tale sign of clean drinking water is natural movement. This prevents any impurity buildup and minimizes the concentration of harmful things in the water. Unfortunately, leaving the faucet running continuously isn’t something you want to do. But there are a couple of solutions to this dilemma. You can invest in a drinking fountain for your cat. This will recirculate water from the bowl upward and then back out of a spout to simulate a faucet. And if you’re not keen on a full-size fountain, there are specialty bowls that ebb your cat’s drinking water as well.
5. Keep Your Cat’s Water Bowl Clean and Full
Cats are notoriously picky eaters and drinkers. And sometimes if they find just one hair in their water bowl, the whole thing’s ruined. So, stay vigilant in keeping their water bowls clean, and that should help encourage them to drink more.
Also, have you ever had your cat meow and scold you for not having their bowl filled up to the brim? Or they want more food even though there’s clearly plenty? Of course you have, that’s just part of being a cat owner. Well, this concept extends to their water as well. The best way to prevent this is to get a bowl with a reservoir tank. This will allow their water bowl to stay full, even when you’re away.
6. Add Water to Your Cat’s Food
This one can be a bit trickier. And that’s because cats are exceptionally picky about their food as well. But if your cat doesn’t mind eating wet food, then mixing in a bit of liquid might not be a bad idea. Just don’t go overboard. You’re simply trying to moisten the food, not drown it. Or if possible, make the switch over to a quality well-trusted wet food.
7. Try Ice Cubes
Many cats just love ice cubes. So instead of giving water, just put ice cubes in their water bowl. If your cat spends time licking the ice cubes, they’ll receive a unique cool drink and get hydrated as well.
Getting your cat to drink more water can be a frustrating process if you let it. Normally though, you’ll just need to make a simple adjustment to have your cat comfortable drinking more water.
However, if you find that your cat abstaining from water altogether, this may be a signal of a larger medical issue. In that case, we recommend that you take your cat immediately to the vet. Also, if you find your cat drinking much more water than normal, this can be another sign indicative of a larger medical problem.
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Roland has been an animal lover all his life, with cats holding a special place in his heart. He is owned by three felines: Wheely, KitzKitz, and Nugget (all rescues) who bring all the laughter and mischievousness one can expect from the feline master race. As the creator of ExcitedCats, his mission is to assist in the search for the best gear to help improve the health and wellbeing of cats everywhere.