Treatment Type: Lifestyle Practices
Rated for: American Shorthair
By T Lee
De Leon Springs, Florida, United States
Posted Jan. 22, 2019
It is a well-known fact that most cats do not drink large amounts of water. When examining their urine, we find they concentrate their urine greatly- confirmation of smaller amounts of water intake.
When pets take larger amounts of water, they produce more urine that is more dilute.
In order to encourage water intake, some owners feed only wet (canned) cat foods. There is more water in canned food than dried kibble, thus increasing the water intake.
Other owners may elect to add a small amount of salt to the diet. This can increase the thirst and therefore increase the amount of water taken.
Another option may require some investigative work. Owners observe their pets closely, I have discovered. They find their cat's water intake preferences. These include fresh water during the day, use of fountains for water intake or faucets. Some cats only like to drink outdoor and some only indoor.
There are challenges with each pet. Finding a great way to increase water intake helps moisten the stool in the end and therefore helps prevent constipation - a goal for every cat owner.