Ever since Teddy lost his brother Sammy, I haven’t seen him at the water bowl as often. It used to be a game with those two. He would lay at the bowl and keep drinking, while Sammy sat waiting for him to finish. Now he’s lost his water bowl buddy
I never really thought about how much water a cat should drink each day. My cats have always loved water.
According to preventivevet.com, cats need between 3.5 -4.5 ounces of water per 5 pounds of body weight each day. Cats get moisture from their canned food as well as the water bowl.
Teddy may still be drinking when I’m not looking, but there are a few things I’ve done to encourage him.
I’ve placed water bowls throughout the house and keep the water fresh. The cats have three water bowls and Mookie reminds me to change the water several times a day. He sits and stares at the bowl until I do.
I’ve heard that ice cubes in the bowl can be fun for the cats and encourage them to play, then drink. Teddy wasn’t amused.
Changing the water bowl may help too.
The thing that works best for Teddy is adding water to his canned food. He loves the extra wet food and clears his plate.
Hopefully he’ll surprise me and I’ll see him at the water bowl again, but at least I know he’s getting a lot of water from his meals each day.