My cat no longer drinks or drinks little: why? Is that bad ?


Cats need good health. Their diet should be rich in protein, preferably animal protein, but also vitamins and minerals. A question arises: is hydration essential for the cat? The answer is yes ! However, a cat can drink very little water, if at all… Does it matter? Are there any solutions? Explanations.

Why do cats drink little?

Unlike dogs, cats drink very little. This feature should not worry you. Moreover, in the wild, a cat hardly drinks. The small mammals they eat have organisms that are over 80% water. Its water needs are therefore covered. Domesticated cats can drink little too. This is the case for those who consume wet food such as pâté, minced meat or even mousses. These cat foods contain a lot of water. This is not the case with dry food, in other words dry food. Their humidity level is less than 20%. Depending on their diet, a cat drinks on average between 50 and 100 ml of water each day. That is

My cat is not drinking: should I be concerned?

A cat that does not drink enough is not a healthy cat. Moreover, he risks developing pathologies that can harm his well-being.

Urinary disorders

The less a cat drinks, the more concentrated its urine and the more concentrated the urine, the more the cat is at risk of developing crystals, in other words stones. These are painful and cause serious urinary problems. It is also important to watch out for urinary tract infections such as cystitis which are more numerous in cats who drink little. If in doubt, it is a good idea to make an appointment with your veterinarian for a urinalysis.

The dehydration

Dehydration can endanger a cat’s life. To reduce the risks, you must ensure that your feline is sufficiently hydrated by drinking water or through an appropriate diet. Some cats are more at risk than others. It’s about :

  • young cats,
  • elderly cats,
  • pregnant cats,
  • cats that travel,
  • cats suffering from diarrhea and vomiting.

Be aware that when the temperature rises, you need to pay special attention to your pets. Make sure their water bowls are always full.

As a reminder, the signs of dehydration in cats are as follows:

  • loss of appetite,
  • inactivity,
  • tiredness,
  • respiratory problems,
  • convulsions.

If in doubt, call the veterinarian who follows your pet. He will be able to analyze the seriousness of the situation and call you in if necessary.

How to encourage your cat to drink more?

It is possible to try to encourage a cat to drink more. Several solutions exist. The first is to review your diet. If your cat consumes dry food exclusively, it would be a good idea to add wet food. This can be added to the croquettes for a mixed meal, or be a complete meal.

It is also important that the water bowl is close to his food bowl. He will thus have the reflex to drink at mealtimes. Your cat’s bowls should be wide enough. The cat has whiskers and whiskers which can bother him if the bowl is narrow. In this case, he can reduce his water consumption.

The fountains, in addition to being fun, are popular with cats who don’t hesitate to drink from them. Do not hesitate to install one in your home. You must ensure that the water is well filtered and therefore healthy. There are many models for felines.

A cat can drink little, but it is rare that it does not drink at all. If so, it is advisable to make an appointment with a veterinarian to make sure everything is okay.