How much should a healthy cat drink per day? The quantity varies according to whether the cat is a puppy, adult or elderly, and also according to the weight.
Here’s all you need to know.
HOW MUCH A CAT TO DRINK A DAY
How much should an adult cat drink per day? It depends on what you eat!
An adult cat around 5 or 6 kilos should drink approximately 2 glasses of water a day if he only eats dry food.
On the other hand, if the cat takes on wet food, the quantity is reduced.
In general, your cat should consume 50ml of water per kilo.
The doses also change with the seasons. During the summer, the cat suffers from the heat and drinks more often to decrease body temperature and supplement the lost fluids.
HOW MUCH ELDERLY CAT SHOULD DRINK
Making sure the old cat drinks enough is very important and not always simple. Dehydration could cause irreversible kidney damage.
The cats with many years behind the need to drink more water to ensure good kidney function.
To keep an elderly cat healthy it would be best to have it eat more than twice a day with reduced rations. It is a tactic that will lead him to drink more, ensuring greater hydration.
HOW MUCH MILK A PUPPY CAT MUST DRINK
Do you have a puppy cat to manage? If the little boy is less than a month old and has no mother cat to feed him, you will have to be his mother and feed him with the bottle. But how much milk will a puppy need?
A kitten must take 20% of its weight daily. For example, if it weighs 100 gr. will have to introduce 20ml of milk distributed in about ten meals. Exactly just like a newborn baby!
THE CAT DRINKS LITTLE
What to do if the cat drinks little?
If your cat eats dry food and still drinks little, you should alternate the kibble with wet food, in this way you will increase the daily liquid intake without fatigue.
When you notice these signs it means that the cat may be dehydrated:
- urinating a few times a day;
- he is apathetic and in a bad mood;
- it has scaly skin and dull fur.
Do not underestimate these signs because they can lead the cat to kidney failure or stones.
IF THE CAT DRINKS A LOT AND EATS LITTLE
When the cat starts drinking too much, there are usually problems. It could be kidney failure, especially if it is accompanied by vomiting, dysentery, and weight loss.
In this case, you will need to contact your veterinarian to perform a blood and urine test.
At other times the cat drinks more due to a change in feeding such as the transition from wet to dry food. If so, just restore old habits.
HOW TO MAKE THE CAT DRINK
Here are some tips for getting the cat to drink enough:
- do not store bowls near the litter box;
- place the bowl of water at least one meter from that of the food (in nature the cat searches for pristine water away from prey or carcasses);
- place more than one bowl of water;
- do not use small bowls for water and food or small ones;
- buy a fountain for cats, it will stimulate the instinct of the cat (the cat prefers running water to stagnant water, try it to believe it);
- add a little chicken stock to the water, your cat will definitely like it;
- never leave the same water for more than a day;
- avoid plastic bowls, better steel or glass;
- moisten dry food with meat or fish broth;
- let the cat drink from the sink or from open taps and do not scold him.