Drinking Water: How can I encourage my cat to drink more?
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
As animals go, cats require less water than many others, and we often have a difficult time getting cats to drink as much as we'd like. Cats with certain health problems, especially kidney failure and bladder infections, need to drink more water than an average cat. To get your cat to drink more water, here are a few hints:
Increase the number of bowls of water
Place a number of water dishes for your cat around the house. You can even place the water bowls in some unusual places. Cats seem to pay more attention to things that are different. How often have we seen cats drinking water out of the Christmas tree stand or the bath tub when someone has just showered?
Vary the type of bowl
Vary the types of bowls — low ones, high ones, a drinking glass, a big dog bowl. Again, if it's unusual, cats may try it. Find bowls of different materials: crocks, stainless steel, tempered glass.
Try running water
Many cats, including one of mine, refuse to drink out of a bowl. They prefer running water. Some drink from a slowly running faucet, but you don't want to leave a faucet running all day. Luckily, there are 'fountain bowls' available which can provide your cat with running water 24 hours a day.
Flavor the water
Try adding a little water from a can of water-packed tuna to the bowl of water. This extra flavor may entice some cats to drink.
Add water to the food
Feed canned food and/or add water to the food. Canned food has a lot of moisture, so it will provide your cat with more water. If adding additional water to the food, though, we need to use some care. Some cats do not like food with added water. If your cat doesn't, you'll need to try some other options. We don't want your cat to quit eating!
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Mom Cat & Kitten Cakes
Decorate & Assemble: Depends on skill
Planning Tip: Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Cover after frosting sets and store at room temperature.
You’ll need a serving tray at least 14 x 11 in.
2 family-size frozen poundcakes (16 oz each), thawed as pkg directs
3 cans (16 oz each) vanilla frosting
Yellow, orange and black paste (gel) food color
1 each black, dark-pink and light-pink jelly bean
1 black licorice lace
2 green and 2 blue mini-baking bits (such as M&M’s)
5 or 6 strands cherry Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel
3 dark-pink (tropical punch) and 1 light-pink (strawberry banana) Starburst
2 round hard candies
1 red Swedish fish jelly candy
1. Cut cakes as shown (click here for diagram). Coat pieces with a thin layer of frosting to seal in crumbs. Place on wax paper; let set about 30 minutes.
2. Mom cat: Assemble on serving tray as shown (click here for large image), using just enough frosting to glue pieces together.
3. Tint 1/4 cup frosting yellow, then stir in a touch of orange to tint frosting buttery yellow. Using untinted frosting, generously frost Mom cat, pulling frosting out at sides of face to resemble fur. Apply yellow frosting with a narrow metal spatula for markings on tail, body, paws and face. While frosting is wet, insert black jelly bean sideways for nose. Add curved pieces of black licorice lace for eyelids, mouth and a line between nose and mouth.
4. Mix 1/2 tsp vanilla frosting with a little black food color and 1 or 2 drops water. Dip in tip of a toothpick; draw whiskers.
5. Orange tabby kitten: Assemble and glue pieces together as in Step 2 (click here for large image). Tint 3/4 cup vanilla frosting pale orange and 2 Tbsp frosting a darker orange. Frost kitten with pale orange, pulling frosting out at sides of face to resemble fur. Apply darker orange for markings on tail, body, paws and face. Spread some untinted frosting at center of face. Cut dark-pink jelly bean crosswise in half. Insert half, cut side in, for nose. Add green baking bits for eyes and a curved piece of a Twizzlers strand for the mouth.
6. White-and-gray kitten: Assemble and glue pieces together as in Step 2 (click here for large image). With black food color, tint 2 Tbsp frosting pale gray. Frost kitten with vanilla frosting using gray frosting for markings. Cut light-pink jelly bean in half crosswise. Insert half, cut side in, for nose. Add blue baking bits for eyes. Cut a small piece of a Twizzlers strand; insert cut side to make a tiny ‘o’ for the mouth.
7. Knead together dark-pink Fruit Chews. With a rolling pin, roll out to a 5 x 3-in. piece. Cut a narrow strip, tie into a bow and place on head of white-and-gray kitten. Cut out triangles for mom’s ears and white-and-gray kitten’s ears. Frost 1 side; glue onto ears. Roll out remaining Fruit Chew to a 3 x 1-in. piece. Cut 2 triangles for tabby’s ears; glue on.
8. Wrap 1 round hard candy with Twizzlers strands to resemble a ball of yarn. Place near mom cat. Place other round candy and fish between kittens’ paws.