Does your cat shun the water bowl each time he walks previous it? Ensuring your cat is well-hydrated can show to be fairly a problem. But you recognize your feline buddy must drink as much as keep wholesome.
“Adequate hydration is essential to the vascular circulation of blood,” says Dr. Jamie Whittenburg, proprietor of Kingsgate Animal Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. “Blood circulation enables for the transport of important substances, oxygen and carbon dioxide through the body.”
Water additionally performs a key function in ushering out physique waste, in regulating physique temperature and to behave as each a shock absorber and lubricant for the joints. Dehydration can set off seizures and injury kidneys. Bottom line: Without water, a feline physique can’t perform.
Now comes the tough half. How are you able to tempt your cat to step up his water consumption?
10 straightforward hydration methods
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Catster reached out to some stellar feline specialists who share these tantalizing ways:
- Elevate water bowls. “Some cats need their bowls elevated so that they do not put strain on their front legs as they lean over the bowl,” says Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, previous president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, who operates the cats-only Chico Hospital for Cats in Chico, California. “Older cats who are likely to have osteoarthritis are not able to easily put a lot of weight on their forelimbs.”
- Dish up canned meals early on. “I encourage my clients to offer canned diets to their kittens early on so that they recognize it as a food,” says Dr. Kathryn Primm, proprietor of the Applebrook Animal Hospital in Ooltewah, Tennessee, and host of the Nine Lives with Dr. Kat podcast on Pet Life Radio. “Because of the high water content, it is a good idea to have a cat who will eat many types of canned foods.” Canned meals usually incorporates between 70 to 80% water.
- Bring on the broth. “Many cats really like the flavor of chicken broth,” Dr. Colleran says. Bone broth, whether or not you make it or purchase it, is another choice. Just ensure that the broth doesn’t include onions or seasonings.
- Pour water in vast bowls. “Cats rely on their whiskers as sensory organs to alert them to what is around them,” says Kate Benjamin. Founder of Hauspanther and co-
writer of the New York Times best-seller, Catification. “Cats do not like the feel of their whiskers scrunched when trying to drink water from a narrow bowl. I make sure my cats have wide water bowls so there are no whisker issues.”
- Pay consideration to the water bowl’s location. Cats are fussy and don’t like having their water bowl positioned proper subsequent to their meals bowl. “Cats are hunters and, because they eat what they kill, they try not to eat where water sources are for fear of contamination,” Dr. Colleran says.
- Disguise the water in one thing yummy. Renowned animal coach Samantha Martin makes positive her Amazing Acro-Cats are well-hydrated to allow them to carry out their circus-cat like strikes onstage. “We boil chicken breast in water for treats,” says Samantha, who relies in Atlanta. “We give them this chicken water for added hydration and nutrition. They love it!”
- Clean the water bowls. Consider ceramic, chrome steel, glass or stoneware bowls, which clear simply and fully and don’t retain odors. Always examine any bowls for scratches or nicks, and exchange if essential.
- Select ingesting fountains together with your cat — and your degree of dedication — in thoughts. “One of the most highly developed senses in cats is auditory,” Dr. Colleran says. “If you can hear the pet drinking fountain, the sound is like screaming to cats and will cause some to avoid the fountain. Also, select fountains that can be easily cleaned in a dishwasher to avoid mold and mildew. Opt for a fountain with washable filters. Otherwise, you need to keep on a schedule to regularly replace the filters to keep the water clean.”
- Introduce a novel liquid. “Some cats really like bottled clam juice,” Dr. Colleran says. “And when you open that can of water-based tuna, squeeze out the tuna water and put it in a container that you can add purified water in, keep refrigerated and offer it to your cat.”
- Up the enchantment of a catio. Kate says to position a contemporary bowl of water in your enclosed catio day-after-day. “It can entice the cat to drink while he safely gets to look, listen to and smell the outdoors.”
Exactly how a lot water?
Veterinarians advocate that cats want to absorb about 4 ounces of water per 5 kilos of physique weight day by day to remain hydrated. So, the common 10-pound cat ought to drink about 1 cup of water per day.
Cats who eat moist meals (which may include as much as 80% water) would possibly drink much less, whereas cats who eat solely dry meals will often get extra of their day by day water requirement by ingesting.
We requested pet lovers on Facebook to determine how they get their felines to drink water. Here’s what they dished out:
“We have water dishes in almost every room of our house, and I add a tiny bit of chicken broth to one or more of them for my two seniors, Uncle Satchel and Auntie Scarlette.” — Wendy Lindstrom
“I give my cats Maggie, Victoria and Turkey wet food and add extra water to their meals.” — Polly Smith
“Latte won’t drink out of a regular bowl with still water. I thought a fountain was gimmicky until we got one. I totally see the difference in how much water Latte and Ellie now drink.” — Katherine Kern
“I have a tall glass in a mug (for stability) on my nightstand so that my 14-year-old Haddie doesn’t have to go far for water at night. It started as a glass for me, but it was quickly co-opted.” — Tamar Arslanian
“Wet food, multiple water bowls and adding water to their food works for us. Bootsie is 9 and has had urinary issues. Foster cat Hallow is 2 and has had constipation issues.” — Allison Hunter-Frederick
“I have three different types of water fountains, each with different levels of movement. They are all on different floors of my house for my five cats: Mr. Meowgi, Vespertine, Tango, Tux and Morrisy.” — Danielle Jo Bays