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Hello my cat I don't see him drink much water he is 2  years old.

post #2 of 20

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 :lol3: As long as your cat is well hdyrated and urinating normally, don't worry :nod:

 

Here are tips to increase water intake: http://www.thecatsite.com/t/267399/tips-to-increase-your-cats-water-intake

post #3 of 20
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Hello can any one help me ny cat a male 2 years old he is not peeing very much nor drinking much water  as far as I can tell.

post #4 of 20

How much is he peeing?  Many cats don't drink a lot of water, especially if they eat wet food.

post #5 of 20
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my cat does not pee a lot when he does pee and he doesn't drink much water he is on dry food.

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my cat does not pee a lot when he does pee and he doesn't drink much water he is on dry food.

help.

post #7 of 20

If he is not peeing, or not peeing enough even, then you really need to take him to the vet to get checked out. If he can't pee that is a medical emergency.

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hello he urinates very little and drinks very little he eats dry food help.

post #9 of 20

Is he in pain, or do you see blood in his pee? My cat is suffering from UTIs right now. If not, just give him some really watery wet food and make sure he eats it. Try to wean him off of dry food. 

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hello he urinates very little and drinks very little he eats dry food help.

 

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hello he urinates very little and drinks very little he eats dry food help.

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.

post #11 of 20
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he is 2 years old eats dry food and drinks very little water pee,s very little.

post #12 of 20
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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.

 

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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

post #13 of 20

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.

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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.

 

post #15 of 20
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thank you I will try that.

post #16 of 20

Switching to wet food could provide much of the water he needs.  Definitely worth a try.

post #17 of 20

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 :)

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hello I thank you for that info do you think I should put him on anti-biotics.

post #19 of 20

Your cat would only need antibiotics if you have reason to believe he has an infection and if a vet agrees.  Do you think your cat is sick?  Is this much less pee than he normally produces?

post #20 of 20

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.

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