Cats are famed for not being big drinkers, and very often this is indeed the case. It’s because wild cats are used to getting most of the water they need directly from their prey.
On the other hand, these felines also have a remarkable ability to concentrate urine. This help them where they have restricted access to water, and it was an essential for the ancestors of our domestic cats, who lived in the desert.
So bear in mind that if you feed your cat mostly wet food, which contains 70-80% water, this may well cover his needs, and could be the reason he’s not drinking water.
Another possible answer to the question of why your cat won’t drink water is because his water bowl is dirty, or very close to his litter tray, or to other places he doesn’t like.
“My cat won’t drink water, is there a problem?”. Very possibly there is.
Cats are prone to suffer from urinary tract infections that can worsen when urine becomes highly concentrated, so staying hydrated is vital for your feline friend.
If you cat is suffering from such problems, you’ll notice the following:
A cat weighing 4-5 kilos needs between 200 and 250ml of water each day (about a glass). He’ll get part of this from his food, part will be produced by his own organism, and he’ll get the rest by drinking water.
If your cat eats mostly wet food, he won’t need to drink so much, but if you feed him a dry food diet, this will only give him around 6% of the water he needs, so he’ll need to drink to avoid health problems.
There are lots of tricks that can help if your cat won’t drink water. We recommend experimenting to get to know your cat’s preferences:
So, as you can see, it’s really important for your cat to stay hydrated. If you find yourself thinking, “my cat won’t drink water”, don’t worry, there are lots of ways to encourage him. That said, if you’ve tried everything and your feline friend still refuses to drink, take him to the vet.