Ask the Vet: Keeping Cats Hydrated - Michigan Humane Society

Ask the Vet: Keeping Cats Hydrated

“I keep fresh water down for my kitten but he won’t drink any. How should I encourage him?”

Many cats are not big water drinkers and there are several things you can try to encourage your kitten to drink more. Some cats like to drink from water fountains. There are now several types of water fountains available at most pet stores or from online pet supply companies. The fountains offer a source of moving water that entices a lot of cats to drink.

Canned food is another way of increasing your cat’s fluid intake. You can add additional water to the canned food. Many cats enjoy a bit of canned food soup! Try small amounts of water at first and mix it well.

You can dilute some tuna juice with water and freeze it in ice cube trays. Defrost a couple cubes and offer that daily.

Keep the water bowl clean and offer fresh water daily. If you have more than one cat, you may want to have more than one water bowl available.

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