How do I get my cat to drink enough? Tips and tricks
Cats need to drink water. It’s for a good reason that cat food packaging always states that you should “ensure your cat has sufficient fresh drinking water”. Drinking properly can prevent a whole host of problems – consider in this regard feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) or kidney problems, for instance.
Difference between wet and dry food
Wet food contains around 80% moisture on average, whereas the moisture content of dry food is just 9%. Only giving your cat dry food is possible, but then it is imperative that you keep a close eye on how much he’s drinking. Unsurprisingly, then, our advice is to feed him a combination of the two: 50% wet food with 50% dry food.
Cats are naturally poor drinkers. The following advice will encourage drinking (source: Feline Welfare Foundation):
Tips & tricks
Nobody likes eating right next to their toilet, and cats are no exception. For that reason, don’t put their food bowl next to the cat litter tray.
Cats naturally don’t drink near the place where they eat. If you place their water bowl at least half a metre away from their food bowl, then they will drink 50% more;
Place a water bowl on their walking route;
The use of a water fountain will encourage cats to drink more;