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Drinking Fountains For Cats

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Domestic Cats ancestors were desert dwelling wild cats. Modern Cats retain many of their drinking habits from this heritage. They are very efficient at retaining water by minimizing the amount of water they lose through concentrated urine, dry stool and very minimal amounts of sweat.

Domestic Cats ancestors were desert dwelling wild cats. Modern Cats retain many of their drinking habits from this heritage. They are very efficient at retaining water by minimizing the amount of water they lose through concentrated urine, dry stool and very minimal amounts of sweat.

They like to get water intake from food, fresh meat in the wild, canned or frozen products in our homes. Many of us provide high quality dry kibble as a food source. Dry kibble is missing the moisture / water content that cats require and needs to be replaced with more drinking water.

Moving water is popular with cats. We have all watched a cat trying to drink from a dripping tap. Water fountains will have a small pump that will push the water through a filter to remove impurities and chlorine. A Cat's strong sense of smell makes chlorine in the water quite off putting. Then the fountain will then typically move the water to a high point and let it fall to a drinking area below.

This sound of water moving motivates the cat to drink. Again back to the desert, moving water in a stream is much better that standing stagnant water.

Placement of a water dish or fountain is key as well. Sometimes organizing the cats food, water and litter facilities in one part of our home seems to make sense. Your cat will disagree, food next to the toilet, only if I am really hungry. Also some what surprisingly separating the water source from the food dish will increase water consumption for most cats.

Fresh water daily and using a fountain or dish that cleans easily, i.e. stainless steel, ceramic or glass helps. Plastic over time becomes scraped and scored by small scratches making it difficult to clean and less ideal.

Cats are prone to health issues centering on their urinary tracts. By increasing their water intake either through their food, more canned or frozen food, or by creating a more desirable water source you can make a real difference in your cats health.

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