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Kitten that won't drink water?

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Crazy_about_cats, Mar 30, 2011.


  1. Crazy_about_cats

    Crazy_about_cats PetForums Newbie

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    We recently brought home an 8 week old kitten. He has been with us for about 5 days now but I have noticed that he hasn’t been drinking water.

    When we first got him home he was on dry food, but he would only drink cats milk. I tried getting him to lick some water off my finger, but he just didn’t seem interested. I got quite worried on the 2nd night, since he was barely doing anything in the litter tray, so decided to swap to wet food and mix a bit of water in. He seems to enjoy it and at least it gives him some hydration but he still doesn’t drink. He seems fine and is very playful. Is this normal in kittens? How can I get him to drink?
     
  2. hobbs2004

    hobbs2004 PetForums VIP

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    TBH, now that he is on wet food with added water my hunch is that he is getting all of his moisture needs from the food.

    When you pinch the scruff of his neck, how long does it take for the skin to go back down? If it goes down immediately then it looks as though he is hydrated enough. If it hangs there for a wee while then perhaps up the moisture.

    If you are worried you can water down some cat milk to see whether he will drink that or perhaps even invest in a cat fountain.
     
  3. Eroswoof

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    Pop him some kitten milk down and gradually add more water into it.

    PS photos please :001_wub: :thumbup:

    Em
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  4. thedeans

    thedeans PetForums Senior

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    none of my cats have ever drunk much - or not that I've seen - As far as I know, cats get alot of their liquid from their food - hence cats are better suited to wet food or a raw food diet
    Also remember that its only a kitten so won't need a large volume anyway

    Finally years ago when one of my pets was de-hydrated my vet advised to gently lift the skin at scruff of neck (back) and release - it should return instantly - if it is slow this can be a sign of de-hydration - although it might be different in your kitten
     
  5. GreyHare

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    I have noticed with my cats that they like to drink when no-one is watching and they hardly ever drink from their bowl, they like cups and mugs placed around the house, but yes I would carry on adding a little water to his food.
     
  6. Eroswoof

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    :lol: :lol: fun :D :D

    Em
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    I have a cat like that, too! He's on a canned diet so doesn't drink much anyway, but if he is at the water bowl (I always know it's him because I hear him paw the floor around it, and the edge of the bowl first) I have to be oh-so-careful- not look his way, or he will stop drinking.

    I also know cats who prefer to drink from glasses around the house. I tried that for my poor drinker, but she just liked tipping them over. I also tried a fountain for her, and the bathroom sink. Nothing doing. :(

    I agree with the others, a canned diet with water added, kitten is getting plenty of hydration, but of course always keep the water bowl full and fresh, just in case he is drinking when you aren't looking.

    Congratulations on your new baby, and welcome to PF!
     
  8. GreyHare

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    I discovered the love of mugs from when I put the heating on, as I have storage heaters and they make the air really dry so I sit a mug of water on it and the cats chose to drink warm stale dusty water from there rather than fresh filtered water in their bowl :D
     
  9. Shayden

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    loool i wish my cat would drink out of his bowl.... he prefers my bathroom sink... but ONLY when im actually in there doing my bidness loool :eek: if all else fails he drinks from my toilet like a dog :) ..... yum
     
  10. Tylah

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    Why not just give him milk. I have 3 cats, 2 are 14 and the other is 11. I've always given a bowl of milk (whole milk from the milkman) and a bowl of water. Only rarely do they drink the water, but what i find is that they prefer rain water, so i leave a bowl to fill up outside, oddly enough one likes to drink from the watering can.
     
  11. lorilu

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    Many cats are lactose intolerant, and milk can cause diarrhea and painful gas. I would not recommend giving a cat whole milk.
     
  12. Shayden

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    ur not supposed to give ur cat cows milk... it can seriously harm a cat especially a kitten!

    HOWEVER if you dont use kitten milk i can suggest goats milk from your local supermarket :)
     
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    My 3 eat wet food only and I rarely see them drink, the amount in the water bowl never seems to go down. I always add a desert spoon or so to their food too.
     
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    I have a cat who was reluctant to drink until I bought a water fountain. It was such a hit that now my mother, sister and two friends all have them for their cats, too.
     
  15. Crazy_about_cats

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    Thanks for all of the advice, I will try and see if he likes water in mugs and glasses. He currently has a shallow saucer that I fill up to a mark and can see if it goes down by the end of the day, so I know he isn't touching it.
    I tried getting him to drink some out of the sink tap (that was so cute to watch since he is so small) but no joy. In all fairness, Water in our area tastes a bit funny out of the tap. We use water filters at home for drinking water, we also use filters for the cats so I know it isn't the taste.

    Last night, I tried to mix some water in with the milk but he took one lick, looked at me as if to say 'What have you done to my milk?', walked away and didn't touch it again...he is a picky one! I seemed to of picked a kitten who is a expert in milk tasting! I am happy for him to continue to have water mixed in with his food but it worries me when it starts to get hotter and the only intake he has is when it eats. Do kittens tend to grow in to drinking water? I am taking him to the vets on Saturday for vaccination and his first check over, is it worth asking the vet?
     
  16. Shayden

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    so long as the cat is healthy and is eating well i shouldnt worry too much! check the scruff of his neck to see if hes hydrated and if so leave kitty to it!... if he is thirsty he will drink, even if you dont notice it


    as ur at the vet u might as well ask him! :) then again when hes having a check the vet might notice something else that we dont yet know
     
  17. Melly

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    we were the same with Poppy, you never saw her drink water, she'd have a little bit of kitten/cat milk if it was available tho.

    she would regularly have wet paws when picked up, and we used to think she was being naughty playing in the water bowl, and often it would be in the middle of the floor.

    Well it turns out, daft cat doesnt like drinking normally, cos she ends up sniffing it up and making herself sneeze, so she puts a paw in, and lick it off the her paw, and then licks the drops shes caused on the floor! :blink: she's an odd one!

    definatly check kitties scruff of the neck, as long as it springs back its fine :)
     
  18. Ren

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    Kazuki never drinks much. The only time I ever saw him drink was when he was on a bland diet of plain chicken to help his tummy. My friend Jo has two cats that love drinking water. Every night they get a pint glass full of water each on the table to drink from and if they don't get it they meow their heads off :lol:
     
  19. lorilu

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    Not so daft, is she, since she figured out a way to drink that didn't cause her to sneeze!

    I had a little girly, now a Bridge Angel, who drank that way. Paw dipping/licking and splashing, to drink off the floor. One of the reasons I always wear slippers.:D

    She also enjoyed drinking out of the bathroom sink faucet, but I had to monitor and limit that as she would swallow a lot of air and/or too much water then vomit it right back up.
     
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    Max drinks from the tap.
    I can hear him banging the tap with his face to get water to drip out of it :lol:
     
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