Human nature (and certainly cat nature) appears to be to oppose what is good for us.
This is particularly true when it comes to water consumption. A cat’s body weight is 60 to 70 percent water, just like ours.
Doesn’t it seem logical that we’d both want to drink a lot of water? You are, after all, what you drink (I know, that’s not the official phrase, but it should be!)
What Makes Water So Important for Cats?
Preventing dehydration is the most obvious response to this topic. Aside from this very significant cause, water consumption is required for the following reasons:
helps flush toxins from the kidneys reduces the risk of kidney and bladder stones aids digestion aids in body temperature maintenance aids in circulation aids in the transport and absorption of nutrients helps keep essential body organs hydrated and healthy so they can function properly and many other reasons
What Are the Consequences of a Cat Not Getting Enough Water?
Dehydration is one of the most serious consequences of your cat not drinking enough water. Dehydration occurs when your cat consumes or expends more fluids than they consume, resulting in a water and electrolyte imbalance in the body. Their bodies become unable to function correctly as a result of this.
Dehydration can be induced by a variety of factors other than a lack of water intake. Medication, nursing kittens, or elderly cats with limited movement are all possible causes.
Dehydration can be caused by a variety of health problems.
- Diabetic coma
- Heat stroke
- Kidney failure
- Thyroid hyperthyroidism
- Lipidosis of the liver
Some of Dehydration’s Health Consequences
1) Electrolyte imbalances that are severe
2) Blood and oxygen supply to body organs are reduced.
3) Toxic toxin accumulation in the body
In addition to the risk of dehydration, insufficient water consumption can cause your cat to lose energy, have poor organ function, have poor skin health, and have a higher chance of urethral obstruction in male cats.
How to Encourage Your Cat to Drink More Water
Try one or more of the following tactics if you’re concerned about your cat’s water intake, even if they’re not showing signs of dehydration. Because each cat is unique, not everything will work. Simply be patient and diligent, take things slowly, and figure out what works best for your cat.
Toss in some flavor
Fill them water with a little tuna, salmon, or clam juice (use only those in spring water and not brine). Start with a 14 teaspoon per bowl and gradually increase until you find a combination that your cat enjoys. Limit yourself to no more than a teaspoon each day for an average-sized cat bowl. This is particularly true if you’re using clam juice or if your cat has heart or kidney problems.
Low-sodium chicken broth is another option (straight broth that does not include onion or garlic). The turkey bone broth powder listed below is pet-safe, although there are other options available online. Before feeding your cat the water, make sure the powder is completely dissolved. It could be simpler to dissolve the powder if you warm the water beforehand. Then store it overnight, give it a good shake, and serve!
Change It Up
Change from dry to wet meals. Cats are accustomed to getting the majority of their water from their food, therefore switching to, or adding wet food to their diet will help them consume more water. You can even add a little additional water to the canned food to give it a gruel-like consistency (but not too soupy).
Make It Move
Running water is one of the few things that encourages cats to drink as much as possible. Purchase a cat water fountain that features a cascade of water falling from a little faucet. However, as with any fountain, you’ll want to keep it clean. Small brushes can help, and the spout and motor should be cleaned on a regular basis. Although all of the fountains listed below are dishwasher friendly, we still recommend brushing the spouts and other pieces that can’t be put in the dishwasher. Mazel, a member of the Preventive Vet team, drinks from his fountain in this video. Mazel’s human complains about the loudness of the motor, but it doesn’t appear to disturb Mazel.