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2 mth old, still not drinking water

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Dear all,
Serafina is still not drinking water. I have tried all kinds of ways.Different bowl for her, putting a treat inside the bowl to make her drink more water.

post #2 of 23

try a fountain, you also could take a eye dropper or rub some water around her mouth and nose so she would lick it off so she learns what it is

post #3 of 23

Mine did not drink water when they were young either.  I bought GNC Weaning Formula Kitten Milk and slowly diluted it with more and more water over time until they drank.  I also fed them baby cat wet pate food.  It is really smooth and I mixed the Weaning Formula in that and made it soupy so that they were well hydrated.  Eventually they did not want it any more and drank water.  Maybe a fountain would keep a kittens interest.  One of my cats loves running water.

post #4 of 23
Have you tried a water fountain? Or try with a kitten bottle, just for now til the little one wants to drink on her own. Or water down cat milk and keep watering it down til it's just water
post #5 of 23
What kind of diet is Serafina on? If she is on a canned only diet, it's likely that she is getting all the fluids she needs this way.

You can always add a tablespoon or two of warm water to canned food to increase her fluids as well.
post #6 of 23

Is Serafina dehydrated? Try pulling her skin at the scruff of her neck and seeing how fast it goes back to shape. Dehydrated skin will move slowly. If she's not dehydrated and on wet food, then she's getting enough water, like @CatPack said.

post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
Yes she is always on wet food actually. We sometimes do put water in her wet food. Ok i will try putting water on her mouth. She does know how to lick milk but just dont want to lick water.

About fountain water, i will go check and see where to get that. Thank you so much for your help smile.gif
post #8 of 23

like the others said you can try slowly diluted milk with more and more water. but if you going to try put water in her mouth, only put drops 

post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
I will do that...thx ya smile.gif
post #10 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by cassey View Post

Yes she is always on wet food actually. We sometimes do put water in her wet food. Ok i will try putting water on her mouth. She does know how to lick milk but just dont want to lick water.

About fountain water, i will go check and see where to get that. Thank you so much for your help smile.gif

 

 

Because you are feeding canned food with extra water added your kitten is getting enough water directly from the food and just doesn't have a need to drink from a bowl or fountain :) As long as your kitten is not dehdyrated and is uing the litter box normally, don't worry :) Do keep a bowl of water available at all times. All animals need unlimited access to fresh water even if they won't drink.

post #11 of 23

I have a bowl of water set next to my kitties oat grass, and he seems to really enjoy drinking the water beside the grass, maybe he's dreaming of drinking from the oasis or something... 

post #12 of 23

I think you'll find this article interesting - 

Tips to Increase Your Cat's Water Intake

post #13 of 23

Have you tried leaving a tap dripping for her? Mine love playing under a dripping tap, they get most of it all over them but they'll drink a few mouthfuls of water too. Something to try while you're looking for the right water fountain.

post #14 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by cassey View Post

Yes she is always on wet food actually. We sometimes do put water in her wet food. Ok i will try putting water on her mouth. She does know how to lick milk but just dont want to lick water.

About fountain water, i will go check and see where to get that. Thank you so much for your help smile.gif
Just add water to canned foodsnd you will be fine.
post #15 of 23

Maybe you could try a guinea pig water bottle.   It gives small amounts of water when they lick the end.  Maybe put some wet food on the end to encourage her to lick it and she would get some water that way too.

post #16 of 23

Try adding tuna juice or chicken broth to the water bowl and see if that helps. If it works, slowly begin decreasing the amount of flavouring.

post #17 of 23

Well if you're feeding canned then they're not going to drink much water anyway because they get all their moisture from the canned food.  Every can of food has at the most 78% moisture.

post #18 of 23

My cat and my feral cats don't drink much water but it's because they get mostly canned food and I add water to it. They all like the canned food real soupy. Your kitty is probably getting all the moisture she needs from the canned food. 

post #19 of 23

The others may be right about the canned food.  My cat did not drink as much water when he was eating his wet well.  Check one thing for me.  This is probably not  the problem it but I had this happened with a foster kitten last spring.  She didn't drink at all & ate in a real strange way.  Very small & underdeveloped as well.  Later I found out that she could not smell & her vision would come & go.  I doubt that this is the problem with your kitten because it looks very healthy & bright eyed.  Also, I could find no vet or research on a cat that could not smell at long, so this was very rare.  I kept her alive for 7 months & got her stable but then she had to be put down.

 

Again, I think the wet food is the key.  Also, could she be drinking a little bit when you are not watching her.  If you can somehow measure this you might find that she drinks a little.

post #20 of 23

I agree that a pet fountain might be good idea. Cats can be so finicky about their water. My cat Oliver grew up drinking out of my dog's elevated bowl since the day I brought him home. He won't drink out of any other dish. My father's cat  will only drink out of a bowl placed inside the bathtub. There used to only be a couple choices for pet fountains, but now there's quite a few to choose from. Walmart is even selling them.

http://www.walmart.com/search/?query=pet%20fountain

post #21 of 23

While many cats do prefer water from a fountain, some do not. So I advise that if you're going to try a fountain, get it from someplace that will allow easy returns if the product has been opened and used. I tried a fountain with my kitty once. She stared at it for a couple hours and did not know what to make of it. After the first few hours she decided that it wasn't going to shoot poison darts at her or anything, but still did not know what to make of it beyond that. So she ignored it. After a couple weeks of it constantly running and my trying to show her what to do, I returned it.

post #22 of 23
ok so my kitten was the same way, I got her at 2 1/2 weeks old, of course the girl who was in a hurry to sell her off to me said she was closer to 5 weeks but nevertheless when I got her it was and has been a learning experience almist daily. What I realized is, cats especially kittens hsve a hard time telling waters even in the bowl, clear metal, glass, doesn't matter. Water is clear and she hasnt learned to do the paw dip yet. Heres what I had to do, do you know those rubber squeegee things the doctor gives you wen you have a baby, usually they are teal, but mines red. You are supposed to use to clean babies nose with it. Well I had to use this device as a bottle because the bottle the vet gave me, kitkat wouldnt touch it. But the squeegee I used first as a bottle for her formula then to give her water. If you can purchase your kitten either type a or b kitten kmf formula, you can add just enough to her bowl of water to change the color from clear to foggy white. Then she can smell the hit of milk or see it. The thing I did later was I would pop an omega 3 vitamin and squeeze a drop or two in her water, she loves the salmon taste. But while she is still young the milk trick may be better in more ways than one.
post #23 of 23
Thread Starter 
She 3 months old now...and finally drinking water.she has very good eyes...thank you everyone for suggestions. She love to go to our wet washroom.
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