Click here to learn more.
Good question! As is often the case when trying to figure out what’s going on inside our pets’ heads, the truth is more complex than we might hope. Here’s the interesting reality: Most cats, ancestral desert dwellers that they are, are typically stealthy about their water intake.
According to one increasingly prominent nutritional theory, cats are evolutionarily predisposed to get their fluids along with their solids. In the wild, cats are frequent-feeding carnivores, taking in several small meals of prey throughout the day. Proponents of this theory argue that the fluids contained in the average small bird or rodent are enough to quench a cat’s natural thirst.
That likely explains why so many cats actually don’t seem to drink very much at all. Yet many cat owners insist: “My cat loves water!” How can that be?
There are several possible answers to the question:
But under normal circumstances, cats should be allowed to comfortably drink to their heart’s content. Indeed, veterinarians generally prefer to see a healthy appetite for hydration in their feline patients. Of course, you should always bring up any concerns with your vet.
This article was written by a Veterinarian.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
No one is sure how Spice the kitten made
it from her home in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, to Portland, Maine.
You already know about the dangers of
chocolate, but how about unbaked bread
dough and toxic sugar substitutes?
Prepare for the big event on Thanksgiving
by taking a look at the Best in Show
winners of the last decade.
We’re sharing our favorite budget-friendly
gifts, from a custom smartphone cover to
the perfect dog treats for…
From bad breath to weight loss, our
veterinary oncologist reveals common
warning signs of cancer in dogs and cats.
Even the most well-behaved dogs can
test a host's hospitality. Follow our tips
so your pup's the perfect house guest.
The plus-size Maine Coon has an adorable chirping voice and gets along with everyone, even the family dog.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.