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The vet said the cat needs to drink more water, but how do I make that happen?

by Pets Sos

Keeping your cat hydrated is important for their overall health and well-being. If your veterinarian has advised that your cat needs to drink more water, there are several strategies you can try to encourage them to drink more.

  1. Provide fresh, clean water: Cats are more likely to drink water if it is fresh and clean. Make sure to change your cat’s water bowl at least once a day, and clean the bowl regularly to remove any bacteria or debris.
  2. Use a water fountain: Many cats prefer to drink moving water, and a water fountain can provide a steady stream of fresh water that is more appealing to your cat. There are many types of water fountains available for cats, ranging from simple designs to more elaborate models with filters and multiple levels.
  3. Offer wet food: Wet food contains more moisture than dry food, and can help to keep your cat hydrated. If your cat is used to eating dry food, try adding a small amount of wet food to their diet to encourage them to drink more.
  4. Provide multiple water sources: Cats may prefer to drink from different locations or types of bowls. Consider providing multiple water bowls in different locations around your home, and try using different types of bowls (such as ceramic, stainless steel, or glass) to see if your cat has a preference.
  5. Add flavor to the water: Some cats may be more likely to drink water if it has a flavor they enjoy. Consider adding a small amount of low-sodium chicken or beef broth to your cat’s water bowl to make it more appealing.
  6. Use a shallow and wide bowl: A shallow and wide water bowl will allow your cat to drink without getting their whiskers wet, which some cats find uncomfortable.
  7. Keep the water bowl away from the litter box: Cats are naturally clean animals and may be put off by having their water bowl too close to their litter box. Keep the water bowl in a separate location to encourage your cat to drink more.
  8. Encourage play and exercise: Cats that are active and engaged in play may be more likely to drink water. Encourage your cat to play with toys or engage in other forms of exercise to keep them active and hydrated.

If your cat still does not drink enough water despite these strategies, talk to your veterinarian about other options. In some cases, your veterinarian may recommend adding additional water to your cat’s food, or providing subcutaneous fluids to keep them hydrated. It is important to work closely with your veterinarian to ensure that your cat is getting the appropriate amount of water for their individual needs.

How can I tell if my cat is drinking enough water?

It is important to ensure that your cat is drinking enough water to maintain their health and well-being. However, cats are notoriously good at hiding signs of dehydration, making it difficult to tell if they are drinking enough water. Here are some signs that can indicate that your cat may not be drinking enough water:

  1. Changes in urination: If your cat is not drinking enough water, they may produce less urine or their urine may become concentrated and darker in color. They may also urinate less frequently or have difficulty urinating.
  2. Dry mouth and gums: If your cat’s mouth and gums are dry or sticky, it may indicate that they are not drinking enough water.
  3. Lethargy: Dehydration can cause your cat to become lethargic or less active than usual.
  4. Sunken eyes: If your cat’s eyes appear sunken or dry, it may indicate that they are dehydrated.
  5. Loss of skin elasticity: Dehydration can cause your cat’s skin to lose elasticity. To test this, gently lift the skin on the back of your cat’s neck and release it. If the skin does not quickly return to its normal position, it may indicate that your cat is dehydrated.
  6. Loss of appetite: Dehydration can cause your cat to lose their appetite or become less interested in food.

If you suspect that your cat may not be drinking enough water, it is important to talk to your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can perform a physical exam and run diagnostic tests to determine if your cat is dehydrated and develop an appropriate treatment plan. In some cases, your veterinarian may recommend providing additional water or fluids to your cat, or adjusting their diet or medication. It is important to work closely with your veterinarian to ensure that your cat is getting the appropriate amount of water for their individual needs.

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