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Q: my cat refuses to drink water. HELP!

September 11, 2008 | By Hjr1206 | 7 answers | Expired: 2157 days ago

she has refused to drink water for about 4 weeks. we are giving her subcutaneous fluids when necessary but it is driving me crazy. I have tried everything mixed with water but no luck. She is eating canned food so I know she is getting fluid from that but I worry that it's not enough. She will drink the gravy from the canned 'shreds' or 'chunks' or 'pieces'. She was very sick about 4 weeks ago and went through antibiotics, fluids, etc at that point. She had stopped eating and drinking. Well now she is eating about 1 to 1 1/2 cans of the small cans of cat food a day but refuses to drink water. I am not in a financial position to put hundreds of dollars into tests....especially with what has already been spent.
Does anybody have any suggestions?

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Gina Z.
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Sep 11, 2008

What I did was get a syringe without the needle of course, and give her water by opening my cats mouth and slowly squirt it in. You can get a syringe from your vet.... Your cat does get other liquid from her wet but not enough.

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Heather
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Sep 11, 2008

More info is needed to answer this question properly. How old is your cat, what illness did it have, have you been to the vet, what have you tried, is your cat dehydrated?

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Sep 11, 2008

Cats are funny and make weird associations about things. Becareful not to force her to drink (unless noted by a vet!)this can cause her to dislike fluids. Also, cats by nature prefer to drink moving water. Buy a "Drink Well" pet fountain and you might be surprised. I have a cat that refused to drink hour old water, no matter how thristy she was. The Drink well helps!
If you need to add water (more of a soup then a gravy) to the food, wet or dry. Wet mixes better).
You said that you were sub Qing her. She could be getting enough hydration from that?

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