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My cat eats Royal Canin gastrointestinal wet food from the vet. She has constipation issues with her dry food (science diet sensitive stomach), so I took it away completely ($700 vet bill from constipation). I ran out of money recently and fed her Friskies meat and gravy, from which she would only drink the gravy, so I had to hurry and buy more Royal Canin so she could eat. Now she taps me to wake me up because she's thirsty and won't drink plain water anymore, so I have to open a can of Friskies. I do add water and stir it, then she drinks half the can. Usually, this happens once a day, sometimes twice.

I know there is taurine and certain vitamins she needs, so I don't know if I can make the gravy myself? Is there anything out there where it's just gravy or some type of water flavoring with the taurine and vitamins? Taking it away really isn't an option. She is so annoying (and kind of cute) when she wants something. She will meow, stare, and paw at me until I get up and get her what she wants. I know I'm dealing with a smart and picky animal. I need help!

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  • Welcome to pets.SE! You could try to make chicken broth (without any spicing!) to let her drink. But I am not sure, which kind of vitamins and other essential things are in there... The cat could also eat the chicken meat from this, but in no case the cat should get any cooked bones, because they will splinter and cause very bad injuries. May 1 at 14:51
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    Not answering your question but there are ways to deal with a needy animal. It is no different than dealing with a harasser. If you answer her phone after 59 missed calls, she would know that her wish would be satisfied after 58 missed calls, so try to ignore her until the bitter end :) If ignoring doesn't work, and if she is kind of cute, do exactly the opposite: As soon she demands something, cuddle her hard and restrict her movements. She would soon learn that while she can get food by demanding, she might also get smothered with love :)
    – C.Koca
    May 2 at 13:24
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    Not posting as an answer because I don't want to just be an ad :) But yes, there are "gravies" out there that you can purchase for your cat; I believe I have seen "water flavorings" as well, but the best tactic is the one given by @C.Koca -- ignore her until the habit is broken instead of giving in.
    – Allison C
    May 3 at 14:25
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Cat food is formulated with all the vitamins and minerals a cat needs and with the assumption that the cat would only drink water in addition to eating the food. So if you want to make gravy yourself, you don't need to worry about adding any more nutrients.

However, you must worry about not adding any harmful substances to the gravy. First and foremost those are salt, onions and garlic. Your cat should have absolutely 0 of them.

I can think of several methods to solve this problem (while also sparing your money):

Cat food shake

If she loves the taste of the Friskes cans so much, try blending the solid contents of the can with water like a milkshake. Store the shake in the fridge to keep it fresh, but let it get back to room temperature before feeding it. You can also pop it into the microwave for a few seconds before feeding, but it shouldn't be warmer than lukewarm.

Cat water fountain

She might simply not like her current water bowl all that much and therefore prefer the gravy. Cats are known to prefer fresh running water. Cat water fountains were designed to cater to those instincts. You need to refresh the water each day. If you have chlorinated tap water, you should the water stand in an open, wide-mouthed container (like a bowl) over night to remove most of the chlorination. It's mainly the smell of chlorine that puts cats off.

Home made broth from food waste

This option is only viable if you regularly cook food from fresh ingredients or buy fresh or frozen bones.

Collect any raw meat cutoffs, skin, sinews, cartilages and bones (including fish bones and fish heads) in a sealable container and put it in the freezer. Every time you cook, you can add fresh cutoffs on top and return the container to the freezer.

Then, once in a while you dump the contents into a pot, generously cover it with water and let it simmer for 3 - 4 hours. The bone broth you get is very nutritious and hopefully to your cats taste. Store it in the fridge or freeze it in smaller portions. If it gets gelatinous, heat it slightly before feeding.

Please take note that you shouldn't add any seasoning at all. You also shouldn't use seasoned cutoffs like marinated meat or hot wings. Also, you must not feed cooked bones to your cat because they pose a health risk. Only feed the broth and maybe the wobbly bits (skin, cartilage and the like).

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