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how can I get my cat to drink more water
An_221367 posted:
My 9 month old female kitten (Samantha) doesn't seem to be drinking enough water. She has dry food out all the time and eats some moist food, but not a lot. She has food and water in her bedroom and also in the kitchen. We even bought her a filtered water fountain. My vet said to keep dry food out all the time which I do. She has Fancy Feast in the mornings and night but doesnt eat much of it. At this time she is eating The Goodlife Recipe and loves the wholesome delights snacks that they have. I did the test of pullingup her skin and it went right back down...but I'm still concerned.
I love my (baby) so much she sleeps on a king size bed in her own room lol
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hi there,
Sounds like Samantha is doing just fine. We often don't see cats drinking but they do. And the canned food is nearly 80-90% water, so she will get water that way.
You already know about skin tenting, and you can also check to make sure her gums are moist. But sounds like she is just fine.
If she doesn't eat much, free choice feeding the dry may work well. But if she starts to gain weight, and some cats do, meal choice feeding rather than leaving a bowl out all day may be necessarily. Sounds like you are working closely with your veterinarian on making sure Samantha has a good start in life and I would continue to consult with them regarding feeding.

Thanks for writing in. Enjoy your little one. Sounds like she has a pampered life.
Dr. Sandy


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