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wergo
07-23-06, 11:45 AM
So, lately my (male, 4-year old) cat has been urinating in very small portions (which either means he's peeing when he doesn't have to or he has to very badly, but it's too painful or there's an obstruction) and, while it may be my imagination, I suspect I once saw a small bit of blood in the urine (it's hard to tell in a litter box).

His vet seems to think it's not an emergency and may well be related to the recent heat wave and just recommends getting him to drink more, to lessen the chance of urinary tract infection or possible dehydration, but he's quite resistant. I've got glasses full of water all aorund the apartment and I've left the tap dripping in the sink. And he ignores them all.

Apart from forcing water down his throat with a hose, is there any way to get a reluctant cat to drink?

The Bus
07-23-06, 11:47 AM
Bag of rocks and a river.

Just rescue him after about 40 seconds.

drmoze
07-23-06, 11:50 AM
DEFINITELY buy him a water fountain. The drinkwell is great--it has a spout that pours water out. There's also another type that is a clear dome with a small bowl next to it. Water is pumped up the middle and flows over the dome.

Cats love moving water. I think you can get either of these fountains for about $30 or so...

HistoryProf
07-23-06, 12:26 PM
eat a lot of tuna and give the water in it to the cat. a tactic i resorted to with a new sick cat a few years ago that worked like a charm.

mllefoo
07-23-06, 12:27 PM
Two ways.

Stop feeding him canned food and start feeding him kibble.

Cats who eat canned food tend not to drink much water because they get all their moisture from the food.

Or conversely, you can mix his canned food with water to make it soupy.

Nick Danger
07-23-06, 12:39 PM
You can herd a cat to water but can't make him drink.

Actually, you can't herd cats, either.

Mrs Danger says that she once had a cat who liked bottled water straight from the fridge. She wasn't the one who taught him that such a thing existed. But once he learned about it, that was what he preferred.

tasha99
07-23-06, 01:00 PM
Two ways.

Stop feeding him canned food and start feeding him kibble.

Cats who eat canned food tend not to drink much water because they get all their moisture from the food.

Or conversely, you can mix his canned food with water to make it soupy.

Huh. That's kind of the opposite of what my vet recommended. My cat has this problem, and my vet said to feed him more canned food (eliminating kibble entirely if the problem continued). I also got a drinking fountain, and my cat loves it.

dick_grayson
07-23-06, 01:02 PM
give her/him the water from a can of tuna fish. they'll definately drink that. I suppose you can add water to it.

wergo
07-23-06, 01:30 PM
I usually feed both of them (the two cats share the same food dish) Hill's Science dry food, with a can of wet cat food as a treat four or five times a week.

I thought the canned food had a higher percentage of ash?

The tuna can idea sounds good, I'll try that.

GIjon213
07-23-06, 01:36 PM
You can herd a cat to water but can't make him drink.

Actually, you can't herd cats, either.


http://blogs.zdnet.com/images/herding%20cats.jpg

BobDole42
07-23-06, 01:42 PM
My cat drinks bottled water from a Burberry dish. Seems to work for her :)

mllefoo
07-23-06, 01:45 PM
If you're feeding canned food, don't use friskies or any of that garbage. Nature's recipe, natural choice, science diet and eukaneuba are probably the best.

Bacon
07-23-06, 01:52 PM
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wergo
07-23-06, 02:12 PM
If you're feeding canned food, don't use friskies or any of that garbage. Nature's recipe, natural choice, science diet and eukaneuba are probably the best.

Well, that's the problem. It's the Friskies chicken chunks that they go nuts over. Every other canned food I've tried, they just sit by the dish and meow angrily. But I know it's lousy, which is why I only use it as a treat and make them eat the Hill Science dry food as the staple (I used to feed them Nutrience, but the oldest one (female, 13) seemed to get sick of it after a few years.)

Brooklyn
07-23-06, 10:00 PM
Huh. That's kind of the opposite of what my vet recommended. My cat has this problem, and my vet said to feed him more canned food (eliminating kibble entirely if the problem continued). I also got a drinking fountain, and my cat loves it.


That's because he'll get the water from the canned food. Feed him just kibble
and he'll have to drink, but if he refuses, the canned gives it to him without him
knowing he's drinking/having to drink seperately.

DVD Polizei
07-23-06, 10:06 PM
Getting water from canned food is like telling people to get their water from eating hamburgers or ice cream. While true, it's kinda impractical and is not as good as getting water direct.

Buy a drinking fountain for cats. They cost about $40 but last a long time. As far as the tuna fish thing goes, buy the good stuff, not the dark tuna which has a high mercury content. The good stuff is usually about $1 a can. But even so, it's nothing compared to a healthy companion. Anyway, add water to the juice of the tuna. Don't just let the cat drink the juice because it's high in salt and can lead to other complications.

RunBandoRun
07-24-06, 08:15 AM
I would go with cutting out kibble from his diet for a while and feeding him an all-canned diet. That's why my cats eat half-and-half ... to get more water into them.

Also, the cat fountains are great.

Bushdog
07-24-06, 08:20 AM
Fountains work well for us.

Also, we have a cat with a drinking problem, which is one of the things that led to his urinary crystal issue (heredity, too). He's on a urinary s/o perscription food. I believe the food makes him somewhat thirstier and thus makes him drink more.

If you've talked to your vet, ask for his/her ideas as well.

mosquitobite
07-24-06, 08:23 AM
Our cats love their fountain.
http://www.smarthome.com/6101D.html
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buckeyefan
07-24-06, 02:47 PM
Cats are carnivores who get their water from the food they eat. My male cat had a blockage 3 years ago. I stopped feeding him kibble and feed him Wellness canned food exclusively. He hasn't had a problem since, nor does he drink water from the fountain I bought. I do put a liitle water on his plate when I feed him though. Try this link http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm

drmoze
07-24-06, 03:17 PM
If you get the Drinkwell fountain (2 posts up), be sure to get the reservoir too. The other option I mentioned is the Catit dome fountain:

http://pet-king.stores.yahoo.net/22517500507.html

We have one of each. Cats like them both. The dome is silent, the Drinkwell makes a bit of noise.

All 3 of our cats like both fountains and drink a lot of water. (They have a dry foo ddiet with occasional canned food.) I guess it depends on the cat whether they will like the fountain or not. But from their view, I'm sure it's better than a bowl of water that just sits there!

Quatermass
07-24-06, 03:20 PM
They put a lot of extra chlorine in the water in the summertime, too. I noticed ours was particularly bleachy smelling. That may have something to do with it if your cat is drinking tap water.

Bushdog
07-24-06, 03:21 PM
Unless you're not going to fill the water daily, I don't see the point of the resevoir.

drmoze
07-24-06, 05:05 PM
That's the whole point. You don't want to be filling it every day. The reservoir keeps the bowl filled at the right level (so it doesn't get low and make gurgling sounds) and gives more chance to let the water 'air out' (get rid of most of the chlorine). Filling it up daily with fresh water would up the chlorine.

Also, cats will be fine for sure if you go away for the weekend. The reservoir lasts about 5-6 days for our 3 cats. Better to fill once a week than every day, IMO. But then again, I am pretty much a slug about some things...

Numanoid
07-24-06, 05:09 PM
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Quake1028
07-24-06, 05:30 PM
Our cat had a bad blockage issue when he was about 9 months old. We do the following now:

1.1/2 small can of urinary tract health wet food a day, with a bowl of urinary tract health dry food a day.
2.Water fountain. He loves it. We only give him bottled water also.
3.A little tuna juice in the water is a good trick.

He has been fine since (about 14 months ago).

Green Smurf
07-24-06, 08:14 PM
Picking cats with their fancy water fountains.

Th0r S1mpson
07-24-06, 09:02 PM
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"Water? I don't need no stinkin' water!"

costanza187
07-25-06, 02:22 PM
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