Well-placed: cat drinking stations
It is generally important for your cat to have a number of different opportunities for drinking around the house and garden. It is also a good idea to experiment with bowls made from glass, metal or porcelain. Have you ever caught your cat drinking from the watering can? This may mean that your feline friend prefers water that has been standing for a while. Bear these preferences in mind when setting up your cat’s drinking stations.
Water features – like drinking fountains – are also good for encouraging your cat to drink, and are a great way to keep her occupied. If you position the water stations by doors, your cat will always be reminded to drink when she moves to another room. Certain breeds with short noses, such as Persians, prefer flatter water and food bowls.
You can also pamper your cat with cat milk as a special treat. Either add it to her water or give it on its own. If you prefer to give your cat cow’s milk, make sure that it is a lactose-free milk. The lactose contained in normal cow’s milk causes diarrhoea in many cats and can result in health problems if given over long periods. Cat milk and cow’s milk cannot replace water consumption, however. Click here for more about milk for cats.
Should a cat drink more in summer?
Our house cats are quite capable of standing over water and swimming if necessary, but most cats still seem to shy away from water. The Turkish Van is one of the few breeds that will happily paddle about in water or even go for a short swim.
In summer it is especially important to provide an adequate supply of liquid since our four-legged friends struggle with the heat just like we do.