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  •  My cat Gretel... (3+ / 0-)
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    JVolvo, skohayes, Piren

    also practically refuses water. I don't understand it at all.

    I thought it was essential for mammals. She's 14 and astonishingly healthy. Oddly, just yesterday I marked where the water level in her bowl was. Tonight upon my return from work, when I routinely change the water, I was hard pressed to see where she'd touched it at all.

    I give her wet food as a treat. Three-four times a week she gets about a third of a can. She won't touch the pate style, but devours the shredded in gravy stuff. Otherwise it's dry food.

    I have no particular advice for the diarist I'm sorry to say. Just another "dry" cat to benchmark against and best wishes for you both.

    •  as I understand it, cats don't need much water (2+ / 0-)
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      they evolved in desert climates. Wild cats get most of their water from the meat they eat.

      I used to put out water for my kitties, but these days I tend not to bother, since they don't really drink it (unless I've run out of wet food). They will sometimes demand that I run the tub for a moment and then they lap it up from off the drain. They do that about once a day, or once every other day.

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      by nota bene on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 03:53:54 PM PDT

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      •  My Cicero drinks enormous amounts of water (1+ / 0-)
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        and always has. He gets only dry food and some crunchy treats.

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        by Smoh on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 05:22:36 PM PDT

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        •  That's good though (1+ / 0-)
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          Getting cats to get enough moisture in their diet is very important for kidney health, especially in the senior years.

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          by skohayes on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 05:29:06 PM PDT

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        •  I hate to say this - (0+ / 0-)

          but if he's drinking enormous amounts of water, one of the reasons could be kidney failure.

          ...which is reasonably common in cats (the last three cats I've had who died had that as the proximate cause of death).

          I would suggest having your vet take a look, because if he is suffering from kidney failure, there also are lots of things that can be done to deal with it.

    •  hydration from prey (0+ / 0-)

      cats evolved to get their water from their prey. they have little to no natural urge to drink water. when a cat is drinking water, it is severely dehydrated. Dry food is a bad thing for cats for this reason.

      RAW FOOD; (recipes abound online) it's THE best way we've found to feed our cats healthy, affordable and appropriate food.
      It consists mainly of ground up chicken thighs, with liver, fish oil, taurine and a few other added nutrients. Our younger cat (siamese) had major urethral trouble until we switched to this menu. it takes an hour or two of work to make fifteen pounds of food, which we freeze and dole out over a four week period and costs about $20/ month for both cats. they are very healthy, with plush coats and plenty of hydration (the vet gives us major kudos for this). I do sprinkle some high end kibble on the food (Croutons, i call it) as a way for them to clean their teeth. aside from whatever is pumped into the chickens, we have a good idea of what the cats are ingesting. no melamine, that's for sure.

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      by kamarvt on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 04:28:13 AM PDT

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