Most cat owners know the problem: cats often tend to drink too little. However, keeping hydrated is just as important for animals as it is for us humans. If your cat is not drinking enough there can be several possible reasons for this. We will show you what the problem could be.

Cats naturally only drink small amounts

As former desert animals, cats generally need very little water. They owe their relatively low fluid requirements to their powerful kidneys. Their bodies have adapted to cover most of their fluid requirements through their food. When it is given wet food, a cat is therefore able to obtain a large part of its water requirements in this way.

Is my cat drinking too little?

Basically, a cat’s water requirements depend on a variety of factors such as its age, weight and size, its food, the room temperature, its level of physical exertion and any illnesses. Therefore, only an average value can be given, which is 55 millilitres per day and kilogramme (body weight). If you are not sure whether your cat is drinking enough, you can measure the amount of water provided and check the remaining amount with a measuring cup 24 hours later.

A cat weighing five kilogrammes therefore needs around 275 millilitres of water. If it eats around 250 grams of wet food a day, it will already consume 200 millilitres of water (assuming the food has an 80 percent moisture content). Therefore, the cat only needs to drink an additional 75 ml of water. If, on the other hand, it is only given dry food, the amount required will be significantly higher. Dehydration should be avoided at all costs. As with humans, this can lead to serious health problems. For example, the kidney can be severely damaged and urinary gravel or kidney stones can in the worst case lead to chronic kidney failure.

Increased water requirement with dry food

Outdoor cats that are fed with wet food at home cover almost all their liquid requirements through the cat food, the prey they catch, and any drinking sources on their expeditions. The situation is different if the cat is given dried food. With a moisture content of around ten percent, dry food does not provide the necessary amount of liquid. To ensure that the cat is getting enough amounts of water, it must always have unrestricted access to fresh water.

Encouraging your cat to drink

There are a number of tips and tricks that you can use to encourage your cat to drink. Not only the correct position of the drinking bowl, but also the bowl itself can influence how much a cat drinks. On the one hand, this concerns the material: plastic and rubber can give off a certain smell. With bowls made of ceramics, glass or metal, this is seldom the case. The bowl should also not be too high or too narrow, but preferably wide and shallow, so the cat can take up the water with its whiskers. The water bowl should also be non-slip; if necessary, a special non-slip mat placed under the bowl can be helpful here. The water itself can also influence how much your cat drinks. If it ignores fresh water, try filtered or boiled water. Some cats also like to drink rainwater – this is always worth a try!

Nutritious complementary cat food can make drinking an enjoyable experience for your pet. For example, the new Carny Cat Drink – a cat drink with the finest strips of meat. Available in a practical 140 millilitre can, it provides cats with an extra portion of liquid and encourages them to drink naturally. The cat drink has no added milk whatsoever and is also free from soya, grain, and artificial colours and preservatives. With delicious chicken and tuna varieties, there is something for every cat’s taste. This makes drinking a mouth-watering culinary experience for your cat.