How much water should the cat drink? It depends on some factors.
How much water should the cat drink? The answer varies. Photography © GlobalP | Getty Images.
How much water should the cat drink? The amount of water consumed depends on various factors, including the size of your cat, the time of year, and whether your cat’s diet includes only wet cat food or dry cat food. If cats are given only dry food, they will need significantly more supplemental water to remain admittedly hydrated. Generally, a cat will need 2-4 ounces of fresh water in addition to its food. Dry food is only 10 percent water, while canned is about 80 percent water. So obviously if you are providing only dry food then your cat is drinking too much water.
How can I tell if my cat is getting enough water?
When answering, “How much water should the cat drink,” there are a few simple clues that will tell you if your cat is hydrated – or if your cat is dehydrated:
Skin elasticity Gently pulls the skin at the base of your cat’s neck (scruff). If it does not, your cat is not getting enough water.
A glossy coat without dry flakes is a sign of hydration.
Your cat should exhibit normal physical activity and should not be excessively lethargic.
Is your cat urinating 2-3 times per day? You can tell if this is happening by checking your cat’s litter box for a medium-sized clump.
How can i inspire my cat to drink more water?
Is your cat not drinking water, or not enough water? You can have a cat take water, but can you drink it? Water is essential to your cat’s health and can also play an important role in helping to prevent some serious health problems such as feline urological syndrome. There are a few steps you can take to encourage Kitty to stay hydrated:
Sprinkle a little more water on top of your pet’s canned food. It is not recommended for dry food as it can make it worse.
Try using glass or stainless steel water bowls. Sometimes the plastic leaves a flavor that cats do not like. Plastic cat bowls can also cause cat acne.
Always use fresh and clean water. Refresh your cat’s water bowl daily.
Use filtered water instead of tap water. The latter may be highly chlorinated or the concentration of minerals may be too high.
When asking, “How much water should a cat drink,” it is very important to pay attention to your cat’s “normal” water consumption and pay attention if this amount changes. Any significant increase or decrease in your cat’s daily water intake can be a sign of illness. A cat drinking too much water or too little water can be a sign of urinary cystitis (bladder infection), tapeworm infestation, diabetes or hyperthyroidism. If you notice an extreme change in your cat’s daily water intake then it is time for a visit to your vet.
Some Fast Facts About Cats Drinking Water
If you don’t have a cat that likes to play with a dripping faucet or to throw water off the toilet, you’ve probably seen a video on the Internet. Buying an automatic water fountain can be one way for your cat to consume more water.
Some cats do not like the taste of “hard” water that is high in the concentrate of mineral salts. Try offering distilled or filtered water instead.
Bacteria can form quickly when it may be necessary to rinse your cat’s water bowl twice a day during the warmer months of the year.
Benjamin Franklin once mentioned in poor Richard’s almanac that “when well drained, we know the worth of water.” It is not necessary to know what it is worth to your cat or kitten. Make sure that the water bowl is filled to the brim every day with fresh clean water and you will contribute a lot to your cat’s health.
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