Cats Are Notorious For Dehydration
They are desert animals and tend to be poor water consumers. Unfortunately, this dehydration can worsen kidney and bladder disease. Here are a few easy ways to increase the amount of moisture in your cat’s diet.
1. Wet or Raw Food Only
Kibble is a total disaster for cats from a moisture perspective. Canned or raw diets contain much more moisture. You can even add water to canned or raw diets if your cat will allow it.
2. Water Fountain
Many cats prefer moving, fresh water. Some cats enjoy the water left at the bottom of the shower or sink. If possible, allow them to consume this water. Here is the fountain I use in my house. If your cat is sensitive to plastic try a ceramic fountain instead.
3. Flavored Water
Flavoring the water with tuna juice or chicken broth can make the water more appealing as well. If you use tuna juice, ensure it is tuna canned in spring water. Sardines in spring water are also a good choice. Check out my chicken broth recipe.
Water Is Vital For Long-Term Health
Water is so important for your cat’s long-term health. If you notice that your cat is drinking and urinating more, please see your veterinarian immediately. This could be a sign of a more serious condition such as diabetes or kidney disease.
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