Offer Various Bowl Choices: There is no, "one size fits all," when it comes to cat water bowls. Different cats will prefer different types of bowls. Place a few bowls of varying sizes and shapes around your home so your cat can choose which ones she likes best. Cats have very sensitive whiskers and are less likely to drink from a bowl if their whiskers touch the sides. Try to find bowls that are wide enough so that your cat's whiskers don't touch the sides when she drinks from them. It's also a great idea to keep your cat's bowl filled up to the rim as much as possible so she doesn't have to stick her head into the bowl to get a drink.
Carmine and Milita have one ceramic water bowl and one stainless steel bowl they can drink from. While Milita drinks from water bowls a lot more than Carmine, Carmine likes to drink from the stainless steel bowl at times, too.
Keep Water Away from Litter and Food: Most cats do not like eating or drinking near their litter box (which totally makes sense!). Additionally, some cats don't like their water bowl being next to their food bowl. If you use a double-feeder, be sure to place a couple of other water bowls around your home as well.
Different Types of Water: Not all kitties like drinking tap water. Offer your cat different types of water placed in different spots throughout your house to see which type she prefers. You can try tap, bottled, and distilled water as well as water filtered through a Brita pitcher. Additionally, try refrigerating tap water to see if it improves the taste for your furry friend.
Feed Wet Food: Wet food contains a lot more moisture than dry food does. Specifically, Purina states that wet cat food in the United States must contain at least 65% moisture content whereas dry cat food in the United States must contain less than 20% moisture content. Adding a little water to wet food will also get more moisture into your kitty. Start small, and add just a little water to your cat's wet food. You can increase the amount of water in your furry friend's wet food over time.
Add Water to Dry Food: If your cat simply won't eat wet food, try adding a little water to her dry food everyday. Begin by adding a little water to her food and increase it over time as she acclimates to it.
Flavored Water: Some kitties prefer to have a little flavor in their water. I can't say I blame them. I don't really like plain water, either. Pam Johnson-Bennett suggests adding a few drops of low-sodium chicken broth to your cat's water. Alternatively, you can try adding a few drops of clam juice, low-sodium beef broth, or tuna juice (from a can of tuna in water) to your feline's water.
Some cats enjoy ice cubes in their water. Try adding plain ice cubes to your kitty's water to entice him to drink more. You can also add a couple of drops of tuna juice, clam juice, or low-sodium chicken or beef broth to water in ice cube trays to freeze into flavored ice cubes. If you add any flavoring to your feline's water, be sure to provide a separate bowl of plan water for him as well so that your cat has a choice of which one to drink.
July is Pet Hydration Awareness Month. To celebrate, the fantastic people at PetSafe are allowing me to give away one of their Drinkwell Pagoda fountains in any color! Please come back and visit us on Friday (July 10th) to enter for a chance to win one.
How do you encourage your cat to drink water? Please share your tips with us in the comments section.
FTC Disclosure: Last year, PetSafe sent me a Drinkwell Pagoda fountain free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Receiving the free fountain did not influence my (or my cats') opinion in any way. All opinions shared on Fur Everywhere are our own.
Pam Johnson-Bennett: Cats Need Water.
Higgins Animal Clinic: Water Drinking Tips for Cats.
Purina: What is the Difference Between Wet and Dry Cat Food?
Olathe Animal Hospital: Enticing Cats to Drink More Water.