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my cats aren't drinking much water

post #1 of 14
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It seems to me that my cats haven't been drinking more water since the weather got hot. How can I get them to drink more, or should I just assume that they'll drink as much as they need?
post #2 of 14
Mine never drank much water at all when it was in a bowl. He did decide to drink out of our cups so we started leaving cups all over the house with water in them for them. Then I got them a water fountain and they drink alot more water now. I think they like cool water so maybe if you put an ice cube in the water they will drink more.
post #3 of 14
mine like cups too
i have one in the kitchen one in each bath and one in the bedrooms
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Mom of two
It seems to me that my cats haven't been drinking more water since the weather got hot. How can I get them to drink more, or should I just assume that they'll drink as much as they need?
Do they eat canned food then they might be getting enough otherwise try a new way for h2o
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
They mostly eat dry food. Probably 70% of the time. They have a bowl of water in the kitchen and one in the bathroom. I added some ice cubes to the water as recommended above.
post #6 of 14
You could invest in a kitty water fountain. Those will often encourage cats to drink. Mine also like to drink out of the bathtub, since the faucet drips a little bit. If you are really concerned, however, wet food is the way to go.
post #7 of 14
My cat doesn't drink out of her bowl either. (and I must say it was an expensive bowl, so I was quite dissappointed ) But she loves drinking out of our glasses, these big ones that we have, so I just gave her those, or she will drink from the tap. I tried the ice cubes but had no luck with it, I hope it works for you. The kitty water fountain is a great idea I will have to give that a try as well. I would suggest to try and leave the faucet drip and see what they do, besides the glasses that is my cats favourite place to drink, the bathroom sink
post #8 of 14
Mine love their catit fountain. It wasn't too expensive and has a dome they love to lick. I do think that will increase their water intake.
post #9 of 14
Use filtered or bottled water, not tap. Put some ice cubes in the water. Get a pet fountain.
post #10 of 14
My kitten Iris is a good drinker, Chloe is just so-so. However, we just got a CatIt fountain this week and already both of them have increased their water intake noticeably! I still add a bit of water to their wet food at night, but if other things you try don't work you may want to consider a water fountain.

Good luck!
post #11 of 14
we have the bistro water things. my babies drink really well out of it.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by ScamperFarms
we have the bistro water things. my babies drink really well out of it.
I wondered about those.. Ie that is in my budget
post #13 of 14
I am caring for an injured stray who doesn't like water AT ALL. I have to mix it with a bit of milk... and am trying to gradually reduce the amount of milk...
post #14 of 14
Maybe if you bought some very low sodium or sodium free chicken broth and mixed some in with their water that would get them drinking. I know you can get sodium free, free range chicken broth at my local health food store. Try like a couple of tablespoons at first and see if this gets them interested. If not, use it for cooking or something. Just get low or sodium free cause a lot of salt will dehydrate them more. (could work with beef broth as well) Just an thought.....
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