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How To Get A Cat To Drink

Updated on March 14, 2012

Help, my cat won't drink any water!

Cats can get dehydrated easily and quickly. Sometimes due to their normal drinking behavior, it can be difficult to catch it in time to prevent dehydration. If you notice your cat seems a bit off, pick up some skin on the back of his neck in front of the shoulder blades. When you let it go, it should snap back into place immediately. Even if it goes down slowly, your cat is already becoming dehydrated. If a cat goes to long without drinking anything, they may refuse water. If squirting a tiny bit of water into their mouth does not encourage them to drink, there are a couple of tricks you can try. If these tricks don't work, I would strongly advise a trip to your vet.

Trick number one; Offer your cat some tuna juice or chicken broth or beef broth. These three are very tempting to cats, and more so if you add a pinch of salt.

Trick number two; Offer your cat the blood from a bag of chicken. Some cats find this hard to resist.

Trick number three; Something I have found that my cats are crazy for is the juice from a can of whole kernel sweet corn. I enjoy eating corn straight from the can. I can't eat it around the cats or I won't get any of the juice. They pester me til I give it to them. They drink it like it is going out of style and they will never get any more. Even sick cats adore the taste.

Since I started rescuing cats 12 yrs ago, I have had to deal with dehydration in cats. One cat I found was so dehydrated I could not even get the needle into him for subQ fluids. That is when I learned that dehydration causes the skin to thicken. Luckily I got him to drink using tuna juice. I caught Convicts dehydration as it started and tempted him to drink using the juice from the canned corn.

As I said in the beginning though, if you cannot get your cat to drink anything, it is imperative that you get him to the vet immediately as severe dehydration can be fatal. Not only that it is good to find out why your cat quit drinking in the first place. There are some serious illnesses that will cause your cat to quit drinking. On the flip side, if you notice your cat drinking excessively and urinating more than usual, there is a chance your cat has diabetes and must be treated immediately. I hope this will help your cat if they have quit drinking water.


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    tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

    hi Cheaptrick, great idea, thank you. and thank you for stopping by to read and comment on this hub. have a great day.

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    cheaptrick 5 years ago from the bridge of sighs

    I bought three indoor waterfalls for a project I was working on and discovered how much cats Love moving water.My little guy drinks quite a bit now as evidenced by his slurping and purring when he hits the"Falls"lol.Get your furry friend a water fountain and you'll never have to worry about dehydration again.

    PS:Stainless steel or ceramic is best IMO.

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    tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

    it is always wonderful to have you stop by one of my hubs drbj, thank you for doing so and commenting. i do hope this is some help to kitties everywhere.

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    drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

    The dehydrated cats of the world thank you, tlm, for this lifesaving information. So do their owners!

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    tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

    you are welcome urmilashukla23...thank you for reading it, have a great night.

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    Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

    Great tips!Thanks.