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Q: Do cats drink water often?

August 10, 2009 | By Btornabene | 9 answers | Expired: 1884 days ago

Btornabene

Hi everyone. Thanks for all your replies. Yes, my baby eats (like a horse) canned food mostly, and occasionally picks at the dry food( the BETTER quality!)

I guess he must be getting it that way. I will still leave out the water anyway. Now I have to ask about BEHAVIOR issues... (LOL)

Regards to all my ZOOTOO friends,

B. Tornabene

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Judi D.
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Aug 13, 2009

I had a cat who ate canned food that we seldom saw drinking, and I asked the vet about it. He said that was normal for some cats. At the same time, I had a cat on the same diet, and she was always drinking. She ended up with Kidney disease, so it might have been her kidneys that encouraged her to drink more. She didn't start treatments until she was 18.

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Percysmom
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Aug 12, 2009

Cats are arid animals meaning that in the wild they absorb much of their water from the prey they kill. That's why it's important to feed them moist food as many of them do not drink enough water. This can lead to kidney problems.

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Norrie
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Aug 12, 2009

I have to agree w/ Jerry, the 2 cats I had before the kittens didn't seem to drink much water but Mia loved to sneak my ice water if it was on the coffee table so I bought a fountain from Petco. They said I could bring it back if my cats didn't like it. It took a few days but after that I'd see them drinking quite a bit. We'll be setting the fountain up soon for the kittens. They also love to drink from the sink faucet and come quick when they hear running water.

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Jerry M.
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Aug 11, 2009

My cats do not like to drink water if its sitting. I've always fed them dry food, and so I bought the water fountain watering bowl and they love it. My cats also love it when I let them drink out of the bathroom sink faucet. This can get a little annoying since they will beg for it every time you walk by the bathroom.

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MICHELLE G.
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Aug 11, 2009

Seeing that your just asking if they do and not saying that your cat doesn't I would answer with all cats are different in the amount they will drink. Your cat is getting water in the wet food, continue offering dry food which is good for the teeth. And yes always have plenty of fresh water available. Enjoy your cat!

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Jillian
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Aug 11, 2009

if your cat is not getting enough water, start feeding them wet food. cats get most of their moisture from the food they eat, so if they're on a strictly dry food diet and don't seem to drink much water, you should add in wet food.
kris mentioned doing the scruff test and i'd like to add an addendum to that: when you pinch the skin on the back of their neck, it should immediately spring back into place. if it sticks even a little, they're dehydrated. depending on how long the skin sticks will tell you how dehydrated they are. never force feed a cat water. if your cat is dehydrated, you must take them to the vet for a saline drip. this is a cheap and easy procedure that involves a fluids iv into their neck. forcing a cat to drink by mouth will stress the cat out, potentially get fluid in their lungs, and it usually calls for more water than they can stomach in one sitting.

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Michele Z.
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Aug 11, 2009

Cats (and kittens) can get enough water just by eating canned food. Even if you don't notice your kitten drinking water, he probably does. He may not always drink from his bowl--some cats prefer to lick the kitchen sink, bathtub, etc.

As long as you offer/provide enough fresh water daily, your kitten should drink as much as he needs.

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Norrie
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Aug 11, 2009

I have two 3 1/2 month old kittens and it seems they drink about 8 oz. or more a day but they only eat dry food.

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Kris
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Aug 11, 2009

Our cat doesn't seem to drink a lot of water either. If your kitten othewise seems healthy, I wouldn't be too concerned. Just make sure he always has fresh water available. I don't know how old your kitten is, but I also assuming he has been thoroughly examined by a veterinarian. Do watch closely for signs of dehydration. A quick test that is in my first aid book is called the scrruff test. SImply grab a pinch of skin at the top of your pet's head then release it. Skin loses elasticity when dehydrated, so the longer it takes to spring back into place, the more severe the dehydration. Also keep in mind that if your kitten gets wet food, that is extra water beyond what he is drinking.

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