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Does Your Cat Need to Drink More Water?

We all know cats are not good water drinkers. They always seem to be hovering right on the brink of dehydration. We have some tips to get them drinking water.

There are a number of specific reasons you might want to encourage your cat to drink water. You may have a cat with Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) or idiopathic cystitis, or your cat may be elderly with renal failure.

Whether there is an underlying health problem you need to tackle, or you suspect that your cat is borderline dehydrated most of the time, we have some simple tips to encourage drinking:

  • Some cats have a preference for drinking out of the bath or shower. Put the plug in and leave as small amount of water in the bottom and avoid the use of cleaning products for the time being.
  • For cats that like to drink out of a running tap, consider the use of a cat water fountain.
  • Try using stainless steel, ceramic or glass water bowls. Plastic often has a taste that cats find objectionable and will often develop a biofilm layer that leaves a residue.
  • Wash bowls daily, avoiding cleaning products and replace with fresh water.


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