Hello my cat I don't see him drink much water he is 2 years old.
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Do you feed canned food? Canned foods are high in water so it provides most of the water a cat needs Always keep a bowl of water available at all times, though. Your cat may still occasionally drink out of a bowl, just not when you're around As long as your cat is well hdyrated and urinating normally, don't worry
Here are tips to increase water intake: http://www.thecatsite.com/t/267399/tips-to-increase-your-cats-water-intake
hello thank you for getting back to me no he is not in any pain .just he pee,s very little when he does drinks very little.
hello do have any suggestions,2 year old cat does not drink much water and does not pee very much.help
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To see if he is dehydrated (which seems likely), gently pinch the scruff of his neck and then let go. If it sticks for a second before falling back down, he is not getting enough water. Most cats are not big drinkers because they get most of their water from their food naturally, and dry food only has about 5-10% moisture. Wet food is 70-80% water, which is closer to their natural prey. Definitely try switching him to wet food.
If he doesn't like it at first, you can add tasty stuff like floriforta, shredded parmesan cheese, bonito flakes, or meat baby food to get him eating it, but in the meantime try putting out some tasty tuna or chicken broth (just make sure there is no added salt or spices). If you can take him to the vet they can give him subcutaneous fluids to rehydrate him.
It's easy for cats to get dehydrated and it can lead to kidney problems or urinary tract infections. It's fine if he never drinks any water on his own as long as you give him enough in his food. I always add a little water to my cat's wet food just to be safe because she won't touch water in any form. Lots of cats do prefer running water, so you can try turning your faucet on a very gentle stream and see if he'll drink that.
Cats being desert animals have a very low thirst instinct. Naturally, they would get most, if not all, of their moisture need satisfied from eating their freshly killed prey.
If your kitty, on dry food, is not drinking much nor peeing much it is not good. Your cat is likely chronically dehydrated. This is NOT good!
Not only is it dangerous for kidneys and other organs, toxic waste builds up when there is not sufficient fluids to flush things out. Also, a dehydrated cat is MUCH more likely to develop cystitis and crystals. A very painful and expensive ordeal!
If I were you I would switch your cat to a canned or raw diet. Nix the dry food completely! In the long run it will be less expensive, and your cat will be much healthier.
Here's a really good article about cat food, and why you should feed wet food: http://catinfo.org/
Actually, the entire site is SPLENDID!! Really, really good information!!
Take care :)
A cat with with a urinary tract infection will pee frequently. So will a cat with Cystitis. (Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder).Has similar symptoms as a UTI, (urinary tract infection) but without the bacteria.
There would be no reason to put your cat on an antibiotic unless laboratory testing indicates it is necessary. The test would be a culture.
It does not sound as if your cat has a UTI, nor Cystitis by the behavior you describe.
I'd start with increasing the water intake if I were you. With canned or raw food. You can not increase the water content by adding water to the dry food! That could be very dangerous!!
Some people get a fountain to encourage drinking which is great but the best thing is to have enough moisture in their food..
My cat sitter has a cat that is fed kibble, and my cats are raw fed. She always mention how much my cats pee compared to hers :) And my cats rarely drink water out of their bowl.