Kitten not drinking water? Keep your feline hydrated the right way
You may assume your feline companion knows what’s best for their health, but they don’t. Many cat parents struggle to get their fussy kitties to do something as basic as drinking water or eating wet food.
Staying hydrated is essential for your new, developing kitten. If they don’t make regular trips to the water bowl, it’s time to take action, as dehydration could lead to numerous health complications in a split second.
Here’s what you should do about your kitten not drinking water. Get all the kitten facts you need to raise a happy and healthy furball!
How much water should my kitten drink?
The recommended daily water intake for felines is 50ml per kilo of body weight. It also accounts for the metabolic processes in their body and the moisture they get from food.
Ew… this tastes bland! Can I get some gravy instead, hooman?
Why is my kitten not drinking water?
Hydration is crucial for the well-being of all mammals, and cats are no exception, so you need to determine why exactly your kitty refuses to drink water. There could be a few potential reasons:
- Bowl accessibility—If your kitten has trouble accessing the water bowl, they won’t make that extra effort to find and drink from it because felines are not keen on drinking water. Place their bowl in an easily accessible spot to encourage your feline to stay hydrated
- Water cleanliness—Like humans, felines don’t want to drink filthy water. Check their bowl to see whether the water is clear of hair, food, dust bunnies, or debris. Clean the bowl regularly and replace the water at least once a day to ensure it’s clean and fresh
- Location—Kitties are high maintenance, so they might not like the location of their water bowl. Move it away from their food bowl if it’s close, and don’t put it near the litter tray. This might do the trick
- Appearance—Your kitten may find their water bowl unattractive. Yes, they could be that finicky! Add different types of water bowls, like glass, plastic, and stainless steel, to your kitten checklist, and figure out which one your kitty prefers
My kitten won’t drink water—what should I do?
You can get your kitten to stay hydrated by:
- Placing water bowls around the house
- Getting a cat fountain
- Running the faucet
- Putting ice cubes in your kitty’s food
- Switching to a wet food diet
Get multiple water bowls
Your kitten’s water source, as well as their litter tray, should be at hand. If you live in a house with more than one floor, make sure you have an easily accessible water bowl on each.
Your kitty probably won’t make that extra effort to look for a bowl far away from their current location, so place them strategically. You can put the bowls near their favourite resting and playing spots, and they won’t go unnoticed.
I must drink water? What’s in it for me?!
Get a water fountain
Kitties love water fountains! It may take your feline companion a while to figure out how to use one, but once they do, they will forget about their water bowl.
Running water amuses kitties, and it always stays fresh, so you don’t have to worry about refilling their bowls constantly. It’s also useful in case you are away from home and your kitten craves some water to hydrate!
Run the tap
Take advantage of felines’ obsession with running water! If your kitty is attracted to the tap, it will make them drink more.
You can turn this into a fun game—run the tap several times a day for a few minutes, and make it part of your routine. You and your feline friend can bond over this activity, and they’ll stay hydrated through play.
Give them a treat when they drink some water because it will encourage good behaviour.
Ah, yesss, gimme that running water!
Put ice cubes in your feline’s food
Ice cubes add moisture to your kitten’s food and take on its yummy flavour. Your kitty will start licking the ice and get more water that way.
Switch to a wet food diet
If your kitten won’t drink water and is on a dry food diet, you should make the switch to wet delicacies or make a mix of both. Wet food contains much more moisture (70% and up) and is generally more nutritious than cat kibble, which has around 10% moisture.
Dry cat food is typically not good for felines. It contains plenty of carbohydrates, like sugars and grains, which can cause:
A dry-food-only diet may also make your kitty form unhealthy eating habits, like gorging and overeating and make them crave unhealthy human food, like sausages or cheese. If hooked on biscuits from kittenhood, cats may refuse wet food later in life.
If your kitty doesn’t want to give up biscuits, you can add some soup or broth for moisture.
What are the benefits of a wet food diet?
Besides hydrating your feline companion, a high-quality wet food diet gives them all the essential nutrients they need. Good wet cat food contains the following nutrient amounts:
More than 50%
Up to 20%
Less than 3%
This is what your little furball needs to thrive. Vegetables cannot replace animal protein because cats are obligate carnivores whose digestive tracts should only process nutrients from animal tissues. Putting your kitty on a vegan diet will deprive them of vital micronutrients like taurine and vitamins and cause health problems.
Vegetable protein sources, like broccoli, peas, soya, rice, carrots, corn, sweetcorn, or potato, can be fed in tiny amounts in case your furry friend needs fibre, but such cases are rare.
As soon as your kitty leaves their mother and starts eating solids, feed them meals based on the following ingredients:
- Chicken (cooked, not raw)
- Ham, pork, or bacon (on occasion due to their high fat content)
While your furball is still little, it’s crucial to fully understand what, how often, and how much they should eat to remain happy, healthy, and hydrated!
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What are the signs of dehydration in kitties?
Typical symptoms of dehydration in felines are:
- Dry gums
- Sunken eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Intense vocalisation
If you’re worried about your kitty’s symptoms, reach out to your vet. A dehydrated feline who doesn’t make regular trips to the litter box, even if they’re fully trained, might require professional help. Not drinking enough water could lead to urinary tract infections, kidney problems, diabetes, and heart disease, so keep your kitten in check when it comes to hydration!