You are a cat owner, then you know about the fact that cats drink very little. This can often lead to health problems, because bladder and kidney often remain undersupplied. Knowing that a cat needs about 50 milliliters of fluid per kilogram of body weight per day, a 5 kilogram cat needs about 250 milliliters. In today's blog post, we explain how you can improve your cat's drinking behavior and keep an eye on the amount he drinks.
Recognize low drinking quantity in cats
Lack of fluids can lead to kidney problems and other subsequent damage to your cat. For the health and well-being of your cat is a sufficient fluid intake very important. You can already notice the first problems when cleaning the cat's litter box. Few or small balls of urine in the litter and crumbly feces should set off alarm bells.
If you feed your cat only dry food, there may be a deficit in daily fluid intake. Dry food deprives your cat's body of additional water. In any case, you should make sure that your cat takes in enough liquid. If you feed wet food, however, the daily water requirement is usually covered.
Tips and tricks to optimize the drinking behavior of your cat
In order for your cat to change its drinking behavior, you should make sure that water is generally more interesting for it. Remember that cats do not like to drink where they eat. So move the watering hole away from the feeding area. If you place the watering hole very close to your cat, it is more likely that your cat will drink more often. The more often she walks past it, the more likely she is to drink from the bowl.
As you have probably noticed, most cats are very playful. An indoor fountain can be very interesting for this reason. The moving water is used as a toy by very many cats. Wet paws are generally licked, so you can also increase the amount of water your cat drinks in this way.
Fresh water is the be-all and end-all for many house cats. For this reason, change the water several times a day. If necessary, you can also enrich your cat's food with a little water. However, do not use chlorinated tap water.