The need for cats to consume plenty of water cannot be emphasized enough. Marginal chronic dehydration over a lifetime
It is well known that our pet cats were originally desert animals. They rarely drank water and historically ate a fresh food diet of prey that had a 70% – 80% moisture content. Our cats did not evolve a “thirst drive” similar to that in humans or dogs.
Yes, many cats drink water. But does your cat drink enough water? Even cats eating a wet-food only diet can need up to double the amount of water they consume in their food for ideal hydration! Cats need 8 to 27 *tablespoons* of water (or more) a day for an ideal rate of hydration (depending on environment, health status, and activity level). A typical serving of kibble for an average adult cat provides just one-half tablespoon of water. Canned or homemade with a moisture content of 77% provides 6 to 9 tablespoons of water (based on average consumption by most cats).
To see just how much water your cats need to drink, please see our article, Water – An Essential Nutrient for our Cats’ Health.
For tips on increasing the amount of water your cat drinks, read on!
15 Tips to Increase Water Intake
Please note: the contaminants in your tap water may surprise you. For more information, please see "Clean Water" by Lisa Provost at IBDkitties.
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15 Tips to Increase Your Cat's Water Intake