Posted by Susan Dickson on November 25, 2013
If your cat won’t drink out of the water dish, there may be a reason.
Cats instinctively prefer moving water for their hydration purposes. Some posit that this is because running water is less likely to contain parasites, others because the oxygen content is higher and still others because it tastes better. Regardless, if your cat isn’t getting hydrated, you could be in for some serious trouble.
Dehydrated cats are lethargic, suffer from loss of appetite, depression, elevated heart rate and dry mouth. Over time, dehydration can cause more serious problems for your feline companion, including renal failure.
So how can you make sure that your cat will drink enough water?
Many cat butlers – er – owners, ask how they can get around their pets demanding that the tap be turned on for their drinking pleasure (at three in the morning), or how to stop their cat from making a mess by using their paws to stir up their drinking water before consuming it.
Before you try a cat fountain, or give in and let them drink from the toilet (which is not a good idea since residual cleaning chemicals and waste matter can linger in the bowl) why not try using filtered water? Using a home reverse osmosis water filtration system removes not only the chlorine taste that our pets find distasteful, but can also remove other harmful things in our drinking water like parasites and other organisms – things that are not filtered out before they reach our tap because they are not harmful to humans. Use stainless steel or glass dishes to prevent the plastic taste from leeching into the water and to reduce the possibility of kitty acne. (Yes, it’s a thing) Some people have found that cats prefer drinking from glasses or vases so that they do not get their whiskers wet.
Place water dishes in places your cat likes to be (your bedside table, the bathroom, the mudroom, etc.) and make sure the water is changed at least once a day. Some cats don’t like to have their water close to their food and will be more willing to drink if it’s in another room. Cats are designed to hydrate from their food intake as well as through drinking water and if they eat dry food it is especially important to provide multiple opportunities for your cat to hydrate. Because of this natural tendency, cats do not have the same ‘hydration drive’ that other mammals have and must then be encouraged to drink more to supplement the water they receive from their diet. Ideally a cat should imbibe 5 to 10 fluid ounces of water a day. If your cat eats canned food, or a mixture, he or she will need to drink less water than a cat who only eats dry food. A cat who eats only wet food, will only need to drink about one ounce of water versus a cat who eats more dry food who will need to drink a minimum of seven fluid ounces daily.
So offer your cat the pure taste of filtered drinking water and perhaps your pet won’t share the bathroom when you when you’re brushing your teeth – unless of course you want him to!
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