My Cat Doesn’t Drink; Should I Be Worried?

Felines are animals with a very high renal urine concentration capacity. Your cat must drink to survive, but the amount of water consumed may be so minimal that you hardly notice it. This is not a cause for concern, but it is worth paying attention to. In fact, in many cats we find a very high urinary density which suggests an increase in the concentration of minerals, ions and harmful substances in the urine; these substances are all predisposing factors for the formation of sand, stones or cystitis. This innate behavior of the cat can therefore promote the development of lower urinary tract diseases, with all the consequences that follow.

It's important to make sure that Kitty gets as much water as possible, every day. You can help by adding canned food to her diet, or by adding water to her kibble. In addition, you'll need to make sure there's always fresh water in a bowl that's always full. The bowl can be made of glass, stainless steel or ceramic, and should be large enough to prevent your cat's whiskers from touching the rim. Some cats will prefer to drink from the tap (cats like moving water), so they may like the small drinking fountains sold in many stores.

Tap water is perfectly adequate; you can also choose spring water or even filtered water, depending on your cat's taste.

So keep an eye on your cat's water intake and, as always, ask your veterinarian for advice on how to best care for your cat.