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How do I ensure that my cat drinks enough on these hot days?

Hoe zorg ik ervoor dat mijn kat voldoende drinkt met deze warme dagen?

With the summer sun high in the sky and temperatures rising, it's important to make sure our furry friends stay properly hydrated. Cats are notoriously picky when it comes to drinking and generally aren't fans of splashing around in the water, but with a little creativity you can ensure your cat is happily hydrated. Here are some tips and tricks to entice your cat to drink more!

Ice cream, ice cream, baby!

Just as we enjoy an ice-cold drink on a hot day, your cat can also enjoy a cooling treat . Place a few ice cubes in a layer of water. The sound of the ice cubes floating around can pique their curiosity and encourage them to take a sip. Bonus points if you make the ice cubes from their favorite wet food or chicken stock (without salt or spices).

The magic fountain

Have you ever noticed how fascinated your cat can be by flowing water ? A drinking fountain can be an excellent way to get your cat to drink more. The moving water attracts their attention and seems to enchant them. Plus, the water in a fountain stays fresher and more oxygen-rich , which your picky cat may find even more appealing. The ideal solution for a hydrated cat on these warm days!

Different locations, different sensations

Cats like variety , and this includes their watering holes. Place several water bowls or drinking fountains in different places in the house. Your cat may develop a preference for a specific place that is quieter or cooler. By placing drinking bowls at different heights and locations, you create an adventurous drinking experience for your cat.

Tasty hydration

Wet food contains more water than dry food, which helps with your cat's hydration . Consider feeding your cat more wet food during the warm months. You can also add a little extra water to their wet food. Some cats also like a little tuna juice (from tuna in water, without salt) mixed into their water. It gives that little bit of extra flavor so they will drink more often.

The fun water games

Cats are naturally playful creatures . Tap into their playful nature by integrating water into their playtime. A shallow bowl with a small, floating toy can encourage them to play with the water and take an occasional sip. This is not only hydrating , but also enriching for their minds.

The perfect water bowl

The type of water bowl can make a big difference. Some cats prefer wide, shallow bowls so their whiskers don't bump against the sides. Stainless steel or ceramic are often the best choices because they keep the water cool and absorb fewer odors than plastic.

Water with a twist

Add a little variety to your cat's water by adding a flavor . As mentioned earlier, a little tuna juice can make a world of difference. Chicken stock (without salt and herbs) can also give an attractive taste. Always make sure that these additives are safe and do not contain harmful ingredients.

Keep the water fresh

Just like us, cats prefer fresh water . Change their water at least once a day and make sure the water bowls are clean. A dirty bowl or stagnant water can discourage your cat from drinking. The drinking fountain is the easiest solution , so that your water always has fresh and moving water!

Hydrating snacks

Try hydration-boosting snacks such as chunks of watermelon (seedless) or cucumber. Many cats love these watery treats , and they contain plenty of liquid to keep your cat hydrated.

 

Pay attention to the signals

Look for signs that your cat may not be drinking enough, such as less energy , loss of appetite or dry skin. If you suspect your cat is dehydrated, contact your veterinarian. Especially on extra hot days, it is wise to keep an extra eye on your cat!

With these fun and practical tips you can ensure that your cat drinks enough, even during the warm weather. Try different methods and see which one works best for your four-legged friend. This way you can enjoy a carefree and cooling summer together!