Dogs will drink out of almost anything- a slimy water dish, the toilet and even the gutter and are completely happy with it! But our feline friends are much more picky about their water.
If you find that your cat won’t drink out of the cute little water and food dish you got that looks something like this:
It could be for a couple of reasons. In the wild, cats typically avoid water that is stagnant because they instinctively know that stagnant water can hold dangerous bacteria’s and other contaminants. Cats also prefer to have their food and water sources separate to avoid having the food contaminate the water.
Try putting a water dish in a different room from where the food dish is located. Be sure to fully wash and dry the water dish every day. If your cat still won’t drink from that dish, try turning the faucet on very low for them to drink from. Some cats prefer moving water because they instinctively know moving water is safer. If your cat prefers the facet, then water dishes that have a fountain feature could be a great solution for your kitty.
Typically, cats need between 3.5–4.5 ounces of water per 5 pounds of body weight per day. If you have a 10-pound cat, they should be consuming between 7–9 ounces of water daily.
The key word here is consume. They also consume water from their food. A can of wet food is about 70-80% water. If you are only feeding dry food, they are only able to get about 6-10% moisture from it. That means you will need to be more concerned with getting water into your cat’s diet. If you feed a full 5.5 oz can of wet food daily, your cat is getting roughly 3.8 oz of water from it alone. So they might only need a few more ounces of water to get their daily requirements. In the wild, cats get the majority of their daily water intake from their food- mice, rats, etc.