How to Get Your Cat To Drink More Water

Wondering why your cat hasn’t stopped by their water bowl in a while? Cats don’t typically drink as much water as dogs, so there’s a chance your furry friend simply isn’t thirsty. However, finicky drinking habits can lead to less than optimal hydration for your cat, so it’s important that they drink enough water each day. 

Below we’ll explore why hydration is essential for your cat’s health and provide a few simple tips to help enourage your cat to drink more water. 

Importance of Feline Hydration

Cats’ body weight is composed of 60-70% water, making adequate water intake essential for their overall health. Benefits of proper hydration for cats include: 

Supports Urinary Health

When cats consume the correct amount of water, their urine becomes more diluted, which helps support a healthy urinary tract. Additionally, staying well-hydrated allows for more frequent urination, reducing the concentration of potentially harmful substances in the bladder. 

Boosts Nutrient Absorption

Ensuring your feline friend consumes enough water may boost their nutrient absorption. Water acts as a medium to transport essential vitamins and minerals to your cat’s cells. It does this by breaking down food and facilitating digestion, promoting nutrient absorption in the the gastroinstinal tract.

Promotes Waste Elimination

If you’ve noticed your cat is straining in the litter box, they may need to drink more water. Water helps food move through the digestive system at a healthy pace, promoting regular bowel movements. 

Aids in Weight Management 

Is your cat on the chunkier side? Increasing their water intake may be able to help them shed a few pounds. Drinking the appropriate amount of water helps cats feel satiated, making it easier to get them to a healthy weight. 

Boosts Skin & Coat Health

Ample water intake helps keep your cat’s skin hydrated, reducing the likelihood of dryness, flakiness, and itchiness. Hydration also supports the production of natural oils, promoting a healthy coat. 

How Much Water Should a Cat Drink a Day?

Each cat’s ideal daily water intake will vary based on several factors, including diet, medical conditions, size, and activity level. However, experts generally agree that cats should consume 5-10 ounces of water per day. 

Strategies to Get Your Cat to Drink More Water

Place Bowls in Low Traffic Areas

Cats are naturally cautious animals and prefer drinking water in quiet, safe spaces. Placing water bowls in low-traffic areas of your home, away from busy doors and noisy appliances, creates a calm environment where your cat can hydrate without feeling anxious. Experiment with a few locations until you find the spot that your feline friend prefers.

Use a Water Fountain 

Consider providing your cat with a water fountain instead of a regular bowl. Cats are often intrigued by the flowing water, which can entice them to drink more. The movement also helps keep the water fresh, which could make it more tasty for your feline friend.

Don’t Place Water Near Litter Boxes   

Cats generally don’t enjoy eating or drinking near their bathroom (who could blame them). So avoid placing their water bowl next to their litter box.  

Incorporate Canned Food 

 If your cat isn’t excited about stopping for a sip of water, try incorporating canned food into their diet. Canned cat food typically contains higher moisture content compared to dry kibble, providing an additional source of hydration. Opt for an all natural option, like Nature’s Logic canned cat food, to ensure your pet gets the nourishment they need. 

Top Kibble With Bone Broth

If your cat prefers kibble over canned food, try topping off their meals with Nature’s Logic dehydrated bone broth. This doesn’t just boost their hydration, it also provides your cat with essential nutrients and minerals they need to optimize their health. Only top your cat’s kibble with bone broth is your cat consumes their kibble once it’s served. Do not leave kibble out that has been moistened.

Have Multiple Bowls Around Your Home  

Cats may be more inclined to drink water if they have easy access to it in various spots around the house. Try placing multiple water bowls in different locations, such as the living room, kitchen, and bedroom—while still keeping in mind our first tip, to place bowls in low traffic areas. This way, your cat won’t have to venture too far to find wa

A Hydrated and Healthy Cat

We’re here to help you keep your beloved furry family member hydrated and healthy. Interested in incorporating Nature’s Logic products into your cat’s routine? Find a store near you.