Reasons why domestic cats today don't like drinking water
The ancestors of cats originated in the desert. In the past, they lived in the wild by hunting small animals. The blood of the prey itself is already rich in 70-80% water, and the cat can concentrate urine.
Compared with other animals, they can live on less water and have less desire for water, so they don't like to drink water by nature, but now domestic cats eat more dry feed, and the water is obviously insufficient.
Diseases that may be caused by long-term lack of water
High urine concentration
Causes urinary system diseases >>> Urethritis, cystitis
When the cat does not drink enough water, the minerals originally dissolved in the water may crystallize due to the concentration of urine and accumulate in the bladder and affect urination.
High kidney index
Accumulation of toxins in the body can cause kidney disease >>> Kidney stones, chronic renal failure
Kidney failure is the most common cause of death in domestic cats. When 70% of the kidney function is lost, it will be judged as renal failure. Except that exhaustion will increase with age, it is also a disease that cannot be cured. Part of the cause of kidney failure is chronic water shortage.
How to know if my cat is drinking enough water
⟐ Is the hair full and bright
⟐ Urinate two to three times a day (see a doctor immediately if cats have frequent urination)
⟐ Try to gently pull the skin on the back of the cat’s neck, and it will bounce back within one second to indicate that the water is sufficient. If not, be careful
⟐ The nose is moist instead of dry
⟐ Pink gums instead of off-white
⟐ The eyes are moist and not dry, and the eyes are bright and the eye sockets are not sunken
Dehydration of most cats is a chronic process, and symptoms usually appear slowly in middle-aged and elderly people. Therefore, you need to pay attention to the amount of water they drink from the beginning. Drink more and less.
Tips to get your cat drink more!
Cleanliness is paramount, get your cats' water clean
Cats have a keen sense of smell and are particularly sensitive to "stale" water. Therefore, it is important to change the water of life frequently. At the same time, it is important to clean the container. Cats eat food with oily mouth, and the water will also be oily after drinking. oily…..
If you leave it for a long time, it will produce scale and grease on the edge of the container. It is also very terrible. When cleaning with detergent, you must rinse it carefully. If you smell the detergent, you may not drink it with your sharp nose.
Flowing water works
Although it is said that the water needs to be changed frequently, I think many people should be as lazy as I am. It is also a good choice to use a pet waterer at this time.
There is a filter inside, so you don't need to change the water every day, and at the same time, it has a flow function that makes the hairy child a delight to watch. Ah~~ This really hits my needs! If there are people who are as lazy as me, you can refer to this article.
Warm in winter and cool in summer work better
Cats will also feel hot and cold. Weather changes will also affect their willingness to drink water. In winter, drinking water will turn into ice water. If you have a glass of warm water at this time (not hot water, your tongue will be afraid, preferably below 35 degrees)
The minion must be able to increase the weight of his heart in front of the master, and the cat will not feel cold anymore. At the same time, in summer, you can add some ice cubes to the water to increase the fun and cool down at the same time, killing two birds with one stone.
Food with water seems to be good…
For example, canned food, dry feed, and snacks, as long as the cat can accept it, you can add water to add moisture, but the amount of water must be controlled. Some cats don't like to add too much water (such as this one in my house).
Therefore, we still have to try to measure it. Canned food is usually the most acceptable. You can start slowly from canned food.
Tea & Drinks!
If the cat is really insulated from water, maybe you can try to add some favorite flavors to the cat, such as catnip, matian powder, cat grass, etc., which is equivalent to the concept of beverages~
However, you still need to consider the amount, don't let him go too far… There are also pet tea bags on the market, suitable for lazy slaves. In addition to adding things to the water, you can also make your own unsalted chicken soup. Remember to let it cool before drinking.
Fresh food contains more water
For cats' health, fresh food or wet food (canned food) is considered to have the highest water content. Statistically, the water content of canned food is 80%, while the general dry feed is only 10%.
Therefore, if the life is busy and there is no time to prepare fresh food for the fur child, canned food can be another alternative. Cats who are usually used to dry food can practice gradually replacing fresh or wet food.
Put Water is everywhere
Cats are sometimes lazy and thirsty, they have to go to a certain place to drink? Can't change the cat's mind… I had to place water on the route that the cat often rests or passes by, drink a little here and a little there, and drink a lot without knowing it!
Eat less but more often
Cats are prone to thirsty when they eat. Using the method of intermittent feeding allows the cat to drink more water unconsciously, and can drink more water.