We have all heard the saying about leading horses to water, but it turns out the same is not true for cats. Pet parents who are concerned about water intake can take a few simple steps to make their cats drink more water. How?
Switch to a Wet-Food Diet
Wet food has much higher water content than dry food and can help re-hydrate a parched kitty. Simply adding a small amount of chicken broth or warm water to dry food before giving it to kitty can help too.
Use A Water Fountain
Water fountains are a great investment to ensure a constant supply of fresh water for your pets. Cats often enjoy running water more than still water but while they are getting used to the new source continue providing bowls of water in the normal way.
Start Small Feedings
Cats drink the most right after they have eaten; if your kitty is not getting enough water, it may be wise to start feeding small meals several times daily. After the cat has eaten, her thirst will be sparked and she may be prompted to drink more water.
Introduce More Water Bowls
When humans carry water bottles through their days, they drink more water. The same is true for cats. Please don’t strap a bottle to them; we mean that they are likely to stop for a drink more often if there are more opportunities available. Place three or four water bowls in high-traffic areas of the house in order to encourage your kitty to drink more often.
Add Some Flavor
Much like humans, many cats simply find the flavor of plain water boring. You know how they’ll add lemon to water at a fancy restaurant, or cucumber at a spa? Entice kitty to drink more by dripping a few drops of chicken broth or tuna drippings into the water. This creates an alluring aroma and flavor and will keep kitty coming back to the water bowl again and again.
Put A Little Catnip into Your Cat’s Water Bowl
Here is a fun trick to try out occasionally: crush a little bit of catnip into your kitty’s water bowl before adding the water, and then give it a stir so that it all mixes. You do not have to be too mysterious with this, let your cat see you do it as it might entice her to drink a little more aqua.
Our last tip isn’t for every cat, or pet parent, for that matter: let Kitty drink from the faucet! Some pet parents will be aghast, and some cats may hate this, but others will find it fun and different.
Try these tips, and let us know the results below. You can also use our comments section to propose your favorite method that is not listed here.