Cats generally do not drink too much water per day. In fact, it is quite common for them to drink little and this does not have to mean that they have a health problem. However, it is important to know that they drink enough water to avoid dehydration, as this can be life-threatening.
If you still think that your cat drinks very little water or you have noticed significant changes in the amount he drank before and what he drinks now, we will tell you what the reasons may be.
Why doesn’t my cat drink water?
Before explaining the possible causes why a cat does not drink water, we will tell you why its origin has a lot to do in this.
In ancient times, wild cats were used to living far from water, being able to go without drinking for a long time and thus being very resistant to dehydration. Then the cats they obtained the water directly from their prey, since the organism is made up of more than 60% liquid. Nowadays it is not very different… since cats can obtain most of their water directly from natural moist foods. However, if your cat eats dry food, things change; then you do need to drink more water.
Causes why a cat does not drink water
As you well know, cats are quite demanding animals with everything: with food, with toys, with scratching posts … And precisely this may be one of the reasons why your cat does not drink.
- Dirty or hot water. Try to change the water every day so that it is fresh and clean and your cat has more desire to drink.
- Drinker location. Cats do not like water to be very close to food and, much less, to the litter tray. Neither in noisy places or in areas with a lot of movement.
- Inadequate drinker. Cats are also picky about accessories, and your cat may not drink water because he doesn’t like his bowl. Material is often the biggest cause of rejection – Cats don’t like plastic. Ceramic feeders are perfect for them. And, if you want to encourage your cat to drink more water, opt for a fountain drinker that will be much more attractive and fun.
- Pain in the mouth. It may also be that the cat has a problem in the mouth that prevents it from drinking.
- Diseases. If your cat is sick, he may lose his appetite and the urge to drink.
What if my cat does not drink water?
Although cats can live and resist perfectly without ingesting large amounts of water, if they do not drink enough, some problems can appear that put their health at risk.
- Dehydration. Lack of water can cause your cat to become dehydrated and this can have serious consequences.
- Constipation. If you don’t drink enough water, the poop is harder, making it harder to pass.
- FLUTD. If your cat does not drink water, he can develop urinary infections.
- Crystals in urine. The retention of urine by the body to compensate for the lack of fluids favors the appearance of stones.
- Renal insufficiency. Dehydration can cause damage to the kidneys by causing them to not work well and not filter out harmful components.
How do I know if my cat is dehydrated?
Hydration is very important for all animals. If your cat does not drink water and becomes dehydrated, it is important that you know how to detect it in order to quickly take it to the vet.
Some causes that can trigger dehydration They are: diarrhea, vomiting, fever, urinary problems and excess heat.
Symptoms of dehydration:
- Sunken or very dry eyes.
- Dry skin or with less elasticity. When you pinch the skin, it takes time to regain its position.
- Dry mouth.
- Capillary filling time. When you press on the gums, they take time to regain their pink color.
- Increased body temperature and pulse.
- Lack of appetite.
What can I do to make my cat drink more?
There are a ton of ways that you can get your cat to drink more water. You just have to think and try different things until you find the solution.
- Change water. The most sybaritic cats may even have preferences for the type of water, liking the tap or, conversely, the bottled one more.
- Drinkers of different materials. If your cat does not drink water, it may be because he does not like the container it is in. Try plastic, glass, ceramic or stainless steel bowls until you find the one you like best.
- Several drinking fountains around the house. Increasing the water sources and distributing them in different places such as living room, kitchen, bedrooms can help the cat to drink more water. It is better to choose low-traffic places so that they feel more comfortable.
- Wet food. Include wet food in his diet or increase the amount you offer him.
- Mix the feed with water. If your cat eats dry food, this is one way to provide him with more water through feeding.
- Flavor the water. If your cat does not drink water, you can encourage him to do so by improving its taste. You can use the water in which you have cooked meat or fish and offer it directly or add it to their drinker to give it flavor.
- Fountain type drinker. These drinkers are proven to increase water intake in cats. In them the water does not stagnate or get dirty and the trickle or the waterfall motivates them to drink more.
And finally, try to place the drinker away from the food but, above all, away from the litter tray.