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Cat Hydration

Why do I hardly ever see my cat drinking?

Many cat owners hardly ever see their cats drinking, which is probably why in a recent survey, 3/4 of cat owners said that they were unaware of their cat’s drinking habits. This is a problem, because vets rank a change in drinking as the most concerning change in an adult or senior cat’s behaviour, alongside a change in feeding.

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Why does my cat always drink from the sink, toilet, tap or puddle?

Every cat is unique, with an individual personality and quirks that leave us amused and bewildered. One puzzle is their somewhat questionable drinking habits, with some cats preferring to drink from a muddy puddle or even a toilet, rather than the clean water bowl that we lovingly put out for them.

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Monitoring changes in your cat’s drinking behaviour and why it’s important

Why should I monitor my cat’s drinking? Like humans, a cat’s water intake is a key indicator of their overall health, along with nutrition and exercise. Improvements in veterinary care have resulted in cats living longer than ever before, with many cats now living for 17 years or more, but this trend has also seen an increase in the number of middle aged and senior cats diagnosed with hydration-related illnesses, such as chronic kidney disease. In fact, kidney disease is the commonest life-threatening illness for cats of 5 years and above.

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How to encourage your cat to drink more

Good hydration is as important for cats, just as it is for us humans, and changes in your cat’s drinking behavior can be a sign that your cat is unwell. In addition, many cats’ drinking patterns change throughout their lifetime, with 2/3 of adult and senior cats suffering from illnesses like kidney disease and diabetes, that are linked to drinking and hydration. Most owners aren’t aware that kidney disease is the number one cause of serious illness in cats of 5 years old and over.

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Should I be worried that my cat is drinking more/less?

It is important to keep track of your cat’s drinking behaviour as this is a vital indicator of your cat’s state of health. If your cat is unwell and has to go to the vet, it’s likely that one of the first questions you’ll be asked will be whether your cat is eating or drinking differently from usual.

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