Cats are known for being particular around water, but that doesn't change the fact that cats still need to stay hydrated.
Here's what you need to know about feline hydration and your cat drinking water.
What is proper hydration for cats?
Water is essential to keeping cats hydrated. Being hydrated has the benefits of balancing electrolytes, minerals, and flushing out toxins. Hydration is critical to organ function, circulation, and digestion.
What causes dehydration in cats?
Cats can become dehydrated when they don't drink enough water. Cats' sensitivities to water can be linked to their biological roots as grassland dwellers, with geographic barriers to fresh, flowing water. Our housecats today still crave flowing water because instinctually it signifies a more safe source.
If you're worried that your cat isn't getting enough water, check out our tips. On the other paw, some cats can drink too much water, which could be a sign of hyperthyroidism or diabetes.
Tips for keeping cats hydrated
1. Location, location
Putting your cat's water, and food, bowls in a location where they feel comfortable is key. Cats aren't keen on being boxed in to a corner when eating or drinking, so consider relocating their bowls to a space that is more open where they can get a stronger sense of their surroundings. Being able to see around them can make your cat feel more comfortable and calm their instincts.
2. Reconsider the vessel
Maybe you have a favorite coffee mug you gravitate towards: it sits nicely in your hands, it keeps your beverage an optimal temperature, and it just feels right. Offer the same consideration to your cat next time you're wondering why they might not be drinking enough water. Instead of using a large, deep bowl, try a more shallow dish to see if it piques their interest. You might have a Goldilocks in your midst, so be patient when testing to see what works.
3. Fresh is best
If someone asked you to drink out of a bowl of water that had been sitting somewhere for an unknown amount of time, would you do it? If you think "yeah, no problem," now maybe you'd reconsider after looking inside said bowl and seeing dust, hair, and other mysterious particles. The longer water sits, the more particles it will collect, and the less inclined anyone, even your cat, will be to drink from it. Refresh the water in your cats bowl at least twice a day and see if that makes a difference in how much they drink.
4. Try a fountain
You could skip suggestions 2 and 3 by going straight for a cat water fountain. Running water appeals to your cat's natural instincts, for both safety and curiosity. In the wild, still water is more likely to be contaminated or bacteria-filled, so fresh running water is a more safe option in the mind of your cat. We suggest trying any one of Petlibro's water fountains.
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