Did you know that your cat needs to drink one ounce of water per pound she weighs each day? That means, if your cat weighs nine pounds, she needs to drink nine ounces of water everyday. However, most cats don’t drink enough water. You can get your kitty to drink more water using these tips.
Change the Water Often: Your cat is much less likely to drink from his water bowl if either the bowl or the water are dirty. Make it a habit to wash your cat’s water bowl everyday, and fill it with fresh water.
More Water Bowls: You can encourage your cat to drink more water by giving her more water bowls to choose from. Put one bowl in the kitchen, one in the bathroom, and one in the living room near where your kitty enjoys hanging out. If you have a two-story home, make sure you have water bowls on both levels so that water is always easily accessible. This is especially important if you have an older or arthritic cat. Ensure that the water bowls are placed in locations that don’t get a lot of traffic so that your kitty isn’t nervous about drinking her water.
Location Matters: Many kitties prefer that their water bowls not be near their food bowls. Try keeping your cat’s food and water bowls in separate rooms or at opposite ends of the same room.
Try Different Types of Bowls: If your kitty isn’t drinking enough, he may not like the type of water bowl he currently has. Try water bowls made with different types of material, such as ceramic, stainless steel, and glass. It’s also important to try water bowls with different depths. A kitty’s whiskers are quite sensitive, and some cats will refuse to drink from a bowl that’s too deep because their whiskers touch the sides of it. Try a shallower bowl that allows your cat to get a drink without bothering his whiskers.
Get a Fountain: Some cats prefer a running stream of water over a stagnant water source. Pet fountains provide a constant stream of fresh water for your cat.
Feed More Canned Food: Canned cat food possesses a lot more moisture than kibble. Feeding your cat canned food more often is an easy way to get more moisture into her diet.
Cats need to remain adequately hydrated. While your kitty may not be drinking enough water right now, you can encourage him to drink more by making the simple changes listed here.