How to Get a Cat to Drink Water

How to Get a Cat to Drink Water

There are several causes that can result in a cat reducing its habitual water consumption. Some of the many causes behind a cat not drinking water include, illness, excessive heat and behavioral problems. If your cat is not drinking water, this cannot be ignored. Dehydration in cats is extremely dangerous and if not treated accordingly can result in heightened illness.

For more about how to get a cat to drink water, keep reading here at AnimalWised. These 10 effective ways of getting a cat to drink will allow you to make sure that your cat avoids dehydration and additional illness.

How much water should a cat drink?

It’s difficult to determine exactly how much water a cat should drink per day, as water intake varies depending on a cat’s size, the time of year, general diet and age. In addition, felines that only consume commercial feed, for example, will require more water than those that eat wet food on a regular basis.

On the other hand, kittens, immunosupressed and older cats will need to drink more water, especially in summer. In general, however, a healthy adult cat weighing roughly five kilograms should generally drink around 250 milliliters of water a day, under normal conditions.

If, however, you notice that your cat is drinking more water than normal, it could be a sign of:

  • Diabetes in cats
  • UTI
  • Thyroid problems
  • Liver failure

If you notice that your cat is drinking a lot of water, we recommend consulting a veterinarian as soon as possible in order to rule out the possibility of a pathology. For more, we recommend reading our article: my cat is drinking a lot of water.

Cat stopped drinking water: why?

There are many reasons that can cause a cat to stop drinking water, the most common include:

  • Lack of hygiene when it comes to the bowl or fountain.
  • Behavioral problems
  • Certain pathologies such as a feline urinary tract infection, common in domestic cats.

If your cat is suddenly not drinking water and you don’t know why, we recommend consulting a veterinarian in order to make sure that the cause is not rooted in illness. What is also important to recognize if your cat is not drinking water are signs of a dehydrated cat. Keep reading to find out what these symptoms are!

Cat not drinking water but eating

If you notice that your cat is not drinking water as well as showing symptoms of dehydration in cats, this is a cause for concern.

Is my cat dehydrated?

A dehydrated cat will show symptoms such as:

  • Decrease in appetite.
  • Dry gums.
  • Decrease in skin elasticity.
  • Visibly sunken eyes.
  • Decrease in body temperature.

For more, we recommend reading our article where we discuss more in depth, how to tell if a cat is dehydrated.

If your cat is not drinking water but eating you can use this as a basis to rehydrate your cat. If your cat is not drinking but eating, we recommend offering it wet cat food, in order to replenish lost electrolytes. For more, read our article where we list the best homemade remedies for dehydrated cats.

How to get a cat to drink water

Our top tips on how to get a cat to drink water include:

  1. Use a suitable container: the ‘plastic’ taste that water acquires in low quality containers can cause a cat to stop drinking water. Therefore, we recommend changing to a stainless steel or glass container.
  2. Change your cat’s water daily : cats love fresh and renewed water. If a cat’s water has been sitting for too long, they will likely not drink it. Replace your cat water once a day and clean the water bowl or container once a week (at least).
  3. Place your cat’s water in an appropriate place: did you know that you should properly separate your cat’s water from its food or sandbox? If your cat water is placed in the same room as the above mentioned objects, it’s likely to put your cat off drinking it.
  4. Use bottled water: some cats hate the taste of tap water, offer your cat higher quality water.
  5. Add broth to your cat’s food: most cats will reject food soaked in water, however, many cats love to have their food soaked in fish or meat broth. Make sure that this broth does not contain any onion or salt.
  6. Offer your cat several drinking troughs: distribute several containers around the home, which will stimulate a cat’s water intake.
  7. Installs a cat water source or fountain: because cats are so incredibly hygienic, they prefer to drink from moving water. In addition, moving water for cats is a source of enrichment which spurs on their curiosity.
  8. Offer moist food: as we’ve already mentioned, offering your cat wet food will not only stimulate its appetite, but provide it with that extra needed hydration.
  9. Have fun with your cat: stimulating your cat both physically and mentally with taps and running water will strengthen its bond with this form of hydration.
  10. Visit your veterinarian: if your cat's water intake has drastically decreased and does not improve with these above mentioned tricks, we recommend consulting your veterinarian.

For more, we suggest taking a look at our article where we discuss why isn’t your cat drinking water.

How to get a cat to drink water when sick

Is your sick cat not drinking water? In the case of a sick cat, a veterinarian will often suggest offering your cat water through a needless syringe. But, how do you apply electrolyte solution for cats?

The first thing you should do is buy a syringe at a pharmacy (WITHOUT A NEEDLE). Make sure you have someone to help you hold the cat to avoid causing excessive stress and anxiety in your feline. If your cat is moving excessively, gently wrap it in a towel.

Then, slowly feel for your cats jaw and locate its fangs. Add slight pressure with your index finger and thumb, which should gently force your cat’s mouth open. From here, offer it water carefully.

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