6 Creative Ways to Encourage Your Cat to Drink More Water

6 Creative Ways to Encourage Your Cat to Drink More Water

6 Creative Ways to Encourage Your Cat to Drink More Water

Is your kitty not drinking water — or not drinking enough water?

Cats not drinking enough H2O may suffer from dehydration. Inadequate water intake can also cause or contribute to kidney damage, urinary blockage, constipation, and other health issues.

As responsible pet parents, sometimes we have to be creative to find ways to encourage our kitties to drink more water so that they can stay hydrated and healthy.

How Much Water Should Cats Drink?

Typically, for every 5 pounds of weight, your cat should drink between 3.5–4.5 ounces of water per day. If you have a 10-pound cat, they need between 7–9 ounces of water, or about half an average bottle of water.

That's a basic estimate for how much a cat should drink, though numbers can vary depending on species and size.

The key word here is “consume.” Besides drinking water, cats can get water intake through wet food.

Wet food can be a great way to get liquid for cats. A can of wet food is about 70–80% water. So if your cat eats wet food in daily routine, they might get between 3.85–4.4 ounces of water from a single can. That’s half their daily water right there.

Kindly note, some cats can drink too much water. If your cat drinks more water than usual, it may be a sign of diabetes or feline hyperthyroidism.

6 Creative Ways to Get Your Cat to Drink More Water

1. Refresh and clean water

Cats can be quite finicky about their water. They will often avoid drinking from a water bowl if the water is stagnant or old. That water is likely to be contaminated with dust and bacteria.

Filling their water bowl every day with fresh, filtered water can help. Make it a habit to clean her bowl and refresh her water every day.


2. Change the bowl size or shape to match your cat

Cats are also very picky when it comes to bowls. Offering a variety of bowls is a good idea.

If you are using a plastic bowl, try different materials: glass bowl, ceramic bowl, or stainless steel one.

You can just put out different types of bowls to see which one appeals more to your cat.


3. Water EVERYWHERE

Cats are sensitive to the position of a water bowl. Keeping water bowls in only one place may discourage your cat from drinking.

Try placing several fresh water bowls in multiple spots of your home so that your cat can always take a sip no matter where she might be.

Also, make sure the bowls are located in areas your cat is likely to be. For example, place bowls near the sink, in the bathroom, or next to the windowsill to see if your cat is interested.


4. Try a water fountain

If you find your kitty loves running water, consider adding a water fountain to your home.

Fountains are more attractive than water bowls, because the moving water is interesting to the cat and it stays fresh and filtered.

Just be aware that the fountain needs to be cleaned often to avoid bacteria.


5. Add flavors to the water

You can also try to add a little tuna or clam juice, or chicken broth into your cat's water.

The water mixed with tasty flavors may tempt your cat to drink more water.


6. Add ice cubes to the water

Adding ice balls or ice cubes into water is a bit of fun for cats.

Some cats prefer cold water. The ice balls or ice cubes also give them something to play with. While cats are licking the cube, they are getting more water, too.

It’s worth noting that at first add just one or two ice cubes to the bowl. That way, your cat won't be shocked by the change in temperature.

Clean running water entices cats to drink—which benefits their long-term health.

If your cat is a reluctant or picky drinker, a filtering water fountain can help encourage them to drink. Also, fountains can save pet owners time and effort refilling or cleaning a bowl regularly.

At Dogness, the Smart Fountain for cat is an innovative solution to give your kitty a constant supply of fresh water.

This water fountain boasts a continuously flowing stream to add more oxygen to the water and replaceable carbon and nano filters for fresher taste.

Our cats access to fresh, clean water in their daily routines to stay hydrated, which can play an important role in their long-term health.

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The innovative solution to give your kitty a constant supply of fresh water. With continuously flowing stream and replaceable filters for fresher taste to encourage your cat to drink more.

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See What Pet Parents Are Saying

Easy to use. My cat loves it already.

The fountain came in a nice little package. I expected my cat to freak out at first not knowing what this is. However, within 10 minutes, he started drinking out of the fountain already! He would either drink it straight, or get his paw wet first and then lick his paw...

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I have a hard time getting my cat to drink water. He is very picky and will only drink the freshest water. With this product, my cat takes turns at the fountain several times. This is an awesome product that I would HIGHLY recommend!

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Cute mini fountain for kittens.

It’s so cute. As a mini fountain, it fits my cat pad perfectly. Lovely color. You can barely hear the sound. Good for a cat who likes running water. It is very easy to set up. And it’s small and doesn’t take take much space.

Grace L.

Easy to use. My cat loves it already.

The fountain came in a nice little package. I expected my cat to freak out at first not knowing what this is. However, within 10 minutes, he started drinking out of the fountain already! He would either drink it straight, or get his paw wet first and then lick his paw...

Kelly R.

An elegant water fountain!

I have a hard time getting my cat to drink water. He is very picky and will only drink the freshest water. With this product, my cat takes turns at the fountain several times. This is an awesome product that I would HIGHLY recommend!

Anne J.

Cute mini fountain for kittens.

It’s so cute. As a mini fountain, it fits my cat pad perfectly. Lovely color. You can barely hear the sound. Good for a cat who likes running water. It is very easy to set up. And it’s small and doesn’t take take much space.

Grace L.

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