Am I a Bad Cat Owner If I Don't Have Fresh Water for My Cat All the Time?

Adding More Water

If you don’t feel that your cat takes in enough water and you’re concerned about it, you should talk to your vet. Here are a few of my favorite ways to keep fresh water available for your cat:

  1. Feed at least some canned food, which contains a high percentage of water — some 70 to 75 percent.
  2. Provide her with a pet fountain. Cats are drawn to moving water, which is easier for them to see and hear, unlike a bowl of still water. Just be sure to clean the fountain regularly!
  3. Use a wide, shallow bowl. Some cats don’t especially like their sensitive whiskers to touch the sides of the bowl when they’re quenching their thirst, so this type of bowl can increase their willingness to sip.

Make checking and filling your cat’s water bowl a simple task. Place the water bowl or pet fountain in a prominent area of a room that you enter frequently. It could be the bathroom or kitchen, for instance. Every time you go there, take a look at the water level. If it’s down by a noticeable amount, refill it. If you are refilling the water bowl more frequently than normal, this could be suggestive of an underlying health concern. You should speak to your veterinarian about this concern, and she will most likely recommend bloodwork, as well as measuring the amount of water you are giving your cat on a daily basis. Wash the bowl daily in hot, soapy water to remove the slick bacterial film that can build up on it.

It’s not uncommon for some cats to be chronically dehydrated, but with a regular source of fresh, clean water, your cat should drink more frequently and more willingly, and she’ll be healthier for it.

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