Clean out and provide fresh water in water bowls every day. Provide multiple clean water sources around your house for the cat to drink from. Try giving your cat an electrolyte supplement or meat-flavored water from a trusted pet food store. Use a cat water fountain with fresh water to encourage them to drink.
Endocrine issues, such as liver disease, can cause a cat to lose their thirst. Kidney disease can initially cause cats to consume more water than normal, but when it progresses, it often causes cats to stop drinking. Cancer can suppress a cat’s urge to drink as well.
This could be a behavioral problem related to anxiety or stress or a manifestation of an underlying metabolic disease. Three of the more common causes of excessive urination and excessive drinking in cats are diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, and hyperthyroidism.
Fresh water should be available at all times. Healthy cats that eat canned food often drink very little because the food contains a high proportion of water. If your cat stops eating, she will need to have additional fluids. Fluids can be administered by mouth using a syringe.
How much water should my cat drink? A cat should drink on average 60mls/kg per day of water. That means a 4kg cat should be drinking approximately 240mls a day (about one cup) to ensure their body functions properly.
What Should I Do if My Cat Is Dehydrated?
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What’s going on? Well-recognized causes of weight loss in old cats include chronic renal disease, diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, and dental problems, to name a few.
2 – 16 years In the wild /: What’s the average lifespan of a house cat? What are the signs of kidney failure in cats?
If Karo is not available, use pancake syrup or mix equal parts sugar and warm water until dissolved. Use a syringe or your finger to place a few drops of the sugar source into the kitten’s mouth EVERY 3 MINTUES. If swallowing, feed the kitten a small amount of the sugar source.
Final Thoughts. Pedialyte is safe for cats and can be hugely beneficial in cases of mild dehydration. Pedialyte is non-toxic and will cause no harm to your feline, but you should avoid giving them flavored varieties and remember that moderation is key.
So What Can Cats Drink (Besides Water)?
Can Cats Digest Sugar? Sugar isn’t toxic to cats.
Drinking more is a common medical problem in cats, particularly older cats. This factsheet discusses how to tell if your cat is really drinking excessively, the causes – common and rare – and how the issue may be managed.