Keeping your cat hydrated is always important, but especially so during the warm summer months. Depending on their weight and diet, your cat should be drinking two to four ounces a day.
If your cat is a picky kitty, you may need to try a few things to keep them properly hydrated.
Sparkling Clean H20
- Refresh your cat’s water every day. Water that sits for a few days can get stale or contaminated.
- Offer filtered water rather than tap water, which has minerals and chlorine.
- If your cat eats dry food, make sure fresh water is always available. If you decide to add water to their food, make sure to dispose of it as soon as they are done eating to prevent spoilage.
- If your cat is on a wet-food diet, they will need less water, but feel free to add a little to their food bowl.
- Refill their water to the same level daily. This will make it easier to notice any changes in her water intake.
Water Bowl Protocol
- Wash their food bowl often and rinse all traces of dish soap, which can burn their tongue.
- Your cat might not like having their water close to her food source. In this case, a double feeder bowl with food and water next to each other would be a turn off. Try separate bowls instead.
- Glass or stainless steel bowls are preferable as plastic may leave an unpleasant taste.
- Some cats don’t like their whiskers touching the sides of the bowl when they drink. Give them more room with a wide, shallow bowl.
- If your cat prefers to drink running water, get them a water fountain. A water fountain can provide a continuous flow of fresh, filtered water for your cat. It could be a source of water and play!
Keep the fresh water flowing for a healthy cat and be sure to monitor their water intake. If they are drinking more or less than normal, they should see a vet to be checked for any potential health issues.