Clues from cats about the ways of water

By Connie Orcutt • Published: October 1st, 2014
Category: Animal Airwaves

You can lead your cat to water, but can you get her to drink?

Our feline friends evolved from desert cats that hunted prey for both food and fluids. So cats have a different thirst drive, and habits for quenching it, than other animals. But without prey in the picture, how do you make sure your four-legged friend gets the water she needs to stay healthy?

You can feed your cat canned food, which contains lots of liquid, or add water to dry kibble. If your cat likes to drink from the faucet, a pet fountain may be to her liking. Some fountains bubble or simulate waterfalls so cats can drink and play. For kitties who hold out for the sink, try a motion-sensing faucet that drips on command. If using water bowls instead, place several small ones around the house so your finicky feline can take her pick.

Watch your cat for clues to help the water go down.