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I propose replacing his assigned water bowl with something he likes drinking from, like a dessert glass bowl or a drinking glass with a low rim. Different containers can add their own smell and taste to the water in them, especially containers that aren't supposed to hold liquids for a long time. The main reason why water bottles have a use before date is ...


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I'm not aware of any studies or research showing there's a problem for the pet. This article sums up the current knowledge pretty well. But, honestly, there’s nothing in the bowl that she wouldn’t be better off not having. The short version is that as long as you don't have additives in the water and you're flushing after you use it, the water in there ...


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Cats don't have much of a natural thirst drive and instead have evolved to get much of the moisture that they need instead from their prey. I focus my efforts on making sure that the cat's entire diet has enough moisture rather than just worrying about plain water intake. So, first, make every effort to feed wet food instead of dry food. According to Lisa A....


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I presume you're changing it very regularly already, but if not: make sure your cat's water is fresh, and keep the water and food bowls away from the litter box. If the water in the glass is fresh but the one in the bowl is from hours ago or worse, one can hardly blame the cat for preferring to drink from a glass than from its bowl. Cats sometimes prefer ...


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Cats can develop strange little rituals when it comes to food and drink. If I put down food that our cat is not prepared to eat, he will stand over it and scratch the floor as if he is trying to cover up his droppings. You can't really make a more pointed complaint than that, without putting it in writing. As for your cat, it may be that she simply doesn't ...


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To answer your questions one by one. Cats need to have clean water in addition to the water contained in their food. Adding water to the wet food is not something you need to do. It can reduce the smell of the food and make your cat eat less (a cat's nose is better than its sense of taste). If you want you can add some water to the dry food you give your ...


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My cat has the same problem. I solved the problem by giving my cat a small portion of wet food before I give her the dry food. Wet food with gravy/gel works best for my cat. I believe the reason for my cat throwing up is that the dry food expands when it gets wet in the belly of the cat. It is OK for cats to throw up once or twice in a week. If it ...


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It's possible that your cat, like some people, has simply gotten more finicky with age. Or perhaps there's been an environmental change that makes the original placement now undesirable; for example, if heating or ventillation has changed in that room with the change of seasons, maybe the odors are trapped for longer. Or perhaps he's discovered that the ...


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Will the pool water give our cat any health problems? Most likely not. If the water is clean and you're not using an excessive amount of chemicals (like chlorine), there shouldn't be any problem. If in doubt, you can confirm with your vet, potentially even bringing a water probe, but I think this would be exaggerating the whole thing. As long as your cat is ...


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An expensive solution is a water fountain which will provide the cats with flowing water (which the cat will regard as fresher). If that isn't feasible, then providing the cat with multiple water bowls which are refreshed frequently and not with the food will help. My answer to this question also have some bearing on your question.


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Yes, rabbits can drink from a bowl. Currently, we have 5 pet rabbits; they all drink water from a bowl. Water bottles are extensively used in rabbit production facilities. They don't take up space inside the small cage, they are easy to refill from the outside of the cage (without interacting with the rabbit). In fact you can purchase Rabbit Water ...


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While you've listed off three questions about adding hydration, the first question you should be asking is: Is my cat dehydrated? It's very easy to check this yourself at home by using a pinch test. As described by PetMD: If you take a pinch of skin over the cat's shoulders and pull up gently, the skin should snap back into place when released. As the ...


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One instance of a cat drinking 4oz of water in a sitting is not really alarming, but if you are noticing a pattern of your cat drinking more water than usual, repeatedly emptying the bowl in one sitting, or other unusual patterns of excessive water drinking, that is a reason to take your cat to the vet. It can indicate diabetes or kidney disease, or a ...


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What's not safe Cats and dogs cannot tolerate alcohol. You should not give any foods or drinks that contain alcohol to your pets. Milk or cream (which is one ingedient in egg nog) often causes digestion problems in adult pets, just as in an lactose intolerant human. Most of the typical winter spices are also not well tolerated, especially by cats. So even ...


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In my experience of owning 7 cats, I too have noticed that they PREFER water away from their food as opposed to water by their food bowls. I capitalize prefer because I want to stress that they don't refuse to drink from the water by their food, they simply prefer other means. When I lived in my apartment, I had 2 water bowls, 1 in the bedroom 1 by their ...


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Since we can't know what moves inside a cat's head, it will all be a theory only. And theories there is, several of them. Actually the proper word should be 'speculation'. I believe there is no right answer to this question, and quite possibly there isn't ONE correct explanation either. However, let's try a few: A cat has its ancestry in the wild cats who ...


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This answer is part of Pets Spring Cleaning Campaign. This question is old, but this answer will still help people with the same problem. Basically what the comments already suggest: Cats are creatures of habit. Whenever you want to change one of the factors connected to habits you need to do a slow transition, so your cat can get used to the new thing. ...


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Never let your pets drink soapy water, as some soaps are laxatives and can upset their digestive systems. Lock the door when you bathe. If your dog refuses to drink from regular water bowls, perhaps she doesn't like it because it hits her whiskers, and the sensation is unpleasant. Perhaps try a wider bowl, if you haven't already. Dehydration is a ...


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I'm a fairly new cat owner. I adopted my kitten after finding her in the street at roughly 5 weeks old. She is now in the region of 4 - 5 months old and for the last couple of weeks she started doing the exact same thing. Her bowl has a built in, inverted water bottle; which gravity fills a tiny void next to the food bowl, up to a ...


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My water is chlorinated from sink, my tomcat will tote food across the room in his mouth to dump in his water system. I purposely separated the food area across the kitchen from the water bowl to see if he would stop doing this. It not only makes the water messy, the heavy plastic bowl also has to be broken apart every day to wash the God awful sewer ...


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As far as I'm aware of, it's instinctual, to avoid contamination. For one, running water is safest because it doesn't allow for bacteria to grow, as it would in stagnant water. But, given the choice of two puddles, pick the one furthest away from visible contaminants. Some cats, though not all, will also defer to the sink/bathtub if their water dish is too ...


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An interesting note, but it could be true. Our cats have water near the food and we found out that any other water (even a tea - no sugar :) ) in the house that is within the cat's reach in most cases is more preferred that the water in the main bowl. So since a year we have another bowl placed far from the kitchen (where the food bowl is). Normally we ...


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We've had cats for more than 20 years and never had a too huge separation between food and water – no issues. But these were all outdoor cats, so they were able to drink outside as well (e.g. from our pond). Personally I wouldn't worry too much and just experiment with this – it might be a personal preference for your cat after all. Our house cats originate ...


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As to question 3: Do not feed gravy or other seasoned foods to your cat. Cats do not eat any salt or spice naturally. Especially salt can increase the risk for urinary diseases, which cats are prone to anyways. If you want to add liquid to pet food, always use plain water.


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Never ever give sweets to cats; first of all, because it might kill your cat; and second, cats cannot taste sweetness. The reason why your cat drinks lots of water is to try to flush out the poison from its system. Cats cannot digest carbohydrates (sugar-starch found in plant matter) in an effective way.


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Just like humans, animals can have their own personal reactions to stress. Just a simple example, we adopted two sisters who are prone to anxiety when strangers are nearby. One is a stress eater, the other is a stress faster. It's possible that your cat drinks when stressed. It's also possible that she e.g. assumed the teddy bear was going to come in and ...


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You should not limit the access to water at all. It is common that if a dog drinks lots of water and then goes to play and run, she will surely throw up (imagine you eating and drinking a lot and right after going to run... how would you feel?). My recommendation is to let her drink and try to calm her right after by not playing and petting her instead. Also,...


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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 ...


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