ENCOURAGE YOUR CAT TO DRINK WATER (VMD)
- Canned food is an
excellent way to encourage water consumption, because it
is higher in water content and most cats love the taste.
It can always be warmed up in the microwave to enhance
its smell for the fussy cat. Try to feed at least some
canned food two to three times a day. You can always add
water to the canned food (do so slowly).
- Provide fresh water
every day. Cats seem to be very aware of the temperature
and taste of water.
- Make sure the water
bowl is filled to the brim at all times. Cats have very
sensitive whiskers and do not like putting their faces
into a bowl.
- Some cats do not like
the taste of tap water. You might wish to:
- Refrigerate tape
water to improve its taste
- Try Brita water
- Try distilled water
- Try bottled water
Try a few types to see
what your cat prefers.
- Some cats will drink
more water if a drop or two of tuna juice (tuna in water
or clam juice) is provided. If you try this, always make
sure a separate bowl of fresh water is available.
- Some cats enjoy ice
cubes made from flavoured broth (tuna or salmon juice
mixed with water and frozen).
- If your cat prefers to
drink from a tap, make sure it can always get to the tap
(don't lock it out of the bathroom if that is where it
likes to drink). If your schedule permits, turn the tap
on for the cat as often as possible throughout the day.
Water fountains can be purchased for cats that like
fresh moving water.
- Keep the food and
water bowls away from the litter box area.
- Keep the water bowl
clean (cats have a keen sense of smell and are easily
turned off by odours on the edge of the bowl). Stainless
steel or ceramic dishes are easier to keep clean and
odour free vs. plastic dishes. The water dish should be
washed at least every other day if possible.
- Some cats seem to
prefer a clear glass shallow bowl from which to drink
(experiment with different water bowls).