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You might consider getting him a little pet fountain. A couple years ago I bought my cats this exact fountain, and they LOVE it. They drink so much more water now, way more than they ever drank from their dish, and my boy cat in particular has a much healthier urinary tract because of it. The same company makes nicer and more expensive fountains, but the little one I got is absolutely perfect for our use. I actually just ordered a second one the other day so they can have one in the basement as well.
They have water fountains for cats. They help to improve their water intake and with the filter can help prevent kidney issues if you use hard water. Also, have their water source away from their food. Instincts tell them that water that’s close to their kill could be tainted, or something like that.
This is the fountain I have for my cat, she really likes it and she seems to drink about a cup of water a day.
PetSafe Drinkwell Original Cat and Dog Water Fountain, Filtered Water for Your Pet, 50 oz. Water Capacity [link]
Our cats used to do this all the time. Ended up getting them one of these because I was worried they weren’t getting enough water. [link]
They love it! They no longer beg to have the facet turned on.
I have the Drinkwell Original I ordered from Amazon. Its only $30 and I'm happy with it. It took a couple days for our cat to get used to it but now he is fine with it.
Poor little guy. Looks as sweet as can be. Call him 'sharp ears'
Sorry for his lost sight, no hope?
He will adapt to sounds and vibration and affection, and you might put a few sound cue items near his food area, Something that makes a quiet ticking noise or water noise, so he will be able to hear them and get around.
One of those water pump water dishes will give him a sound cue for the food area, and if the food bowl never moves.
As for the litterbox, it could be a sanitary distance from the food area, and these will be his home base for litter, water and food.
When you get home, he will find you from your calls etc and come on over, I am sure.
Hey, I've noticed my cat is drinking less too, and am planning on getting a battery powered cat fountain. Does your kitty like running water? Mine loves the faucet, so it makes sense for us.
My 8yr old cat will take any opportunity to drink from the faucet and just passed a complete physical with flying colors. You might try something like this just to keep it happy.
Still, if you are worried, you should take it in for a checkup.
Something like this: [link]
I got a different one that is stainless steel, just to match my kitchen. But it is awesome! My kitty would hardly drink from a regular bowl, but with the fountain we have to refill it with at least a cup of water a day. And she's tiny, only 8 pounds.
I've not actually read any studies, but apparently the fountains have been shown to decrease the risk of kidney disease and urinary tract problems, simply because it gets them to drink more
I don't recommend a large bowl of food, that will lead to over-eating and when my cats get a little too much dry they tend to vomit it back up when it expands a bit in their stomach. Also that's how people get obese cats and that is very unhealthy. A high quality food that costs more now should save you in the years down the road when you're not paying for vet bills as a result of poor diet.
Just feed him before you leave and when you get back. Leave some toys out, even some balled up pieces of paper are fantastic toys.
Also consider getting a cat water fountain like this one. I have it and it lures the cats in to drink more because of the moving water which is a natural attractant.
This one is really good. I recommend it. It does a dang good job of staying clean and only needing to be cleaned once a week.
Try a heavier dish first or one with a grippy rubber bottom, it might just be the playful kitten age that makes him want to knock it over. If that doesn't work try a fountain since they are more expensive.
This is the one I have
They like to drink running water because it is more likely to be fresh. Also, they tend to not drink out of bowls near their food source because in the wild the water would have been contaminated. Get one of these and the cat will be in heaven.
Aw, reminds me of my dearly departed Max, who would follow me into the bathroom and then stand next to the bathroom sink loudly and insistently meowing (and pawing at me, if I came close enough) until I turned the faucet on for her.
At one point I even bought her one of those water-circulating fountain dishes, she had NO interest.
Hmn, well that isn't exactly healthy either, even with wet food they should drink SOME water! Do you make sure it's cool and fresh? They can be very finicky with their water, some even like fountains like this since it stops the water from getting too stagnant.
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As an aside, if anyone knows about these, do they work well? My kitten won't drink from a bowl - just from the sink and bath faucet - and I'm hoping this might help.
My cat loved the sink, so I bought her a Drinkwell water fountain. It gives her a constant stream of running water. Some of the water fountains don't have a dripping stream (they have fresh water upwelling from the bottom). My cat LOVES this one. Best $30 I have ever spent. When I turn it off, she sits and stares at it until I turn it back on.
My cat has always done this, ever since we've had her. She's almost 2 now. We got a heavy ceramic dog bowl for her water, so it's hard for her to knock it over or spill a substantial amount of water, but I still find it on the other side of the room from time to time. She seems fascinated by water, she comes running when we turn on the sink. Cats just think moving water is neat. Just try to get a heavier bowl.
I've considered getting a circulating water fountain, but I'm not sure if this will just entertain her enough or will make her want to play in it more. But if you go this route, let me know what your cat does =)
Behavior: Water spray. For the behaviors you want to cut out I found that a firm "no" followed by a small spray works wonders.
Diet: NEVER buy cat food from grocery stores, those things are poison. Cats are natural carnivores that usually consume more than 95% meat. The food they sell at grocery stores are mainly grains and carbs with less than 1/3 protein. This causes significant problems in their intestines which are smaller and can not handle the grains. Always buy grain-free, preferably wet food; even better would be if you make the raw meat yourself (note: you need to research the ingredients since cats have strict dietary requirements that aren't meet by just giving them meat). Always have clean running water available for them, something like this.
Mental health. Always try to stimulate them, esp if they are indoor cats and esp if they are young.
Most importantly just love them.
Thank you. I thought I was going to be the one to have to reply to the wall of text. And trust me as someone who owns a cat that refuses to drink from stagnant water, it's a far bigger pain in the ass to have to turn on and off taps all around the house. I know I just need to get one of these but I keep putting it off and really don't have an excuse.
Yes, Hills is for sure worth the price (~$41 for 8.5lb). All of the prescription diets will be expensive, because actual research is put into all of their diets to make them the amazing treatments they are. You can look into Purina's prescription diet, but it is a similar cost (~$31 for 6 lb). Same with Royal Canin's (~$37 for 7.7lb). Consider that an 7.7lb bag will typically last around 50 days for a normal cat (assuming they eat aroun 250kcal/day) - that's actually not a terrible price!
The Hills diet basically changes the pH of the urine to dissolve certain crystal types (struvite), and (for Hills Multicare) reduces stress.
Another thing I recommend is purchasing a couple water fountains (lots of options, like this and this). Cats drink more water when it is running and tastes fresh. "Freshness" of water actually mostly comes from little air bubbles in the water, which water in plain bowls lacks after a little bit. And, as you might imagine, animal prefer running water to stagnant, as stagnant water can kill - that's just an instinct that is passed down. Make sure you clean it every week, as they can get gross (people tend to leave them for longer between cleanings than they'd leave a regular bowl).
Also, assess your cat's environment and look for enrichment and stress-relieving opportunities. Additional cat trees and cat-friendly shelving can help reduce stress by giving them areas to escape to and explore. Consider adding Feliway diffusers (which appear to work for some cats, but not all) in areas where your cat spends most of its time. Add in more active play time, where you physically pick up the wand toy/string/etc and get him playing. If he is indoor only and is interested in outside-time, consider building a "catio" or leash-training him to go on walks.
Sorry you're going through this! It's super stressful and expensive, so I know it must be tough. Good luck!
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Out of the shit ton of fountains I've gone through, I suggest this one: [link] cheap and works. just remember to add water daily.
Her diet could be influencing her mood/willing to play. A lot of experts agree that dry food is not the best thing for cats to eat all of the time. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they need to eat meat, and get all of their nutrition from meat.
Dry food often contains very little meat, and is often mostly fillers (like grain, like my cat and some other cats are allergic to) or too many carbohydrates. Not to mention, since cats are obligate carnivores, they have evolved to get the majority of their water intake from their prey, and with dry food being very low in moisture, it can lead to dehydration.
Here's a website about feline nutrition, and one part specifically about dry food.
It's worth a shot changing up your cats diet and seeing how it works and how it influences her mood. One of my cats was only 2 and was sleeping a lot, had IBS, tried all these prescription diets from the vet, and what cured it was getting her grain-free food.
Your cat might be allergic to grain, might be allergic to something else, might be a little dehydrated, or might really just benefit and get a mood boost from a different diet.
I still feed them dry food, because one of my cats is a kibble addict and really enjoys it, but I try to keep it limited and make sure they get mostly canned food, and the canned food is made with real meat (not meat by-products).
Also, they have this pet fountain and I've noticed they drink a lot more water now.
They run around $30-$50. If you're an amazon prime member this one is $25.
I'd probably just buy her a pet fountain.
Like this: [link]
all very good advice. Just a few things to add from my experiences:
for the odor, try the arm and hammer: double duty litter. of all the ones I've tried it seems to keep the odor down the best and doesn't have that dusty cat litter smell. and when you get more, a good rule of thumb to use is one litter box per cat, plus one if you go over 3.
also, don't get your cat declawed (like a lot of people seem to like to do with fully indoor cats) because it's just pointlessly cruel and painful to them. if you have enough for them to scratch on, scratching on your furniture won't be an issue. our cats seem to like the cardboard scratchers and the rope wound posts on their cat tree.
another thing to consider is to get a drinkwell running water bowl as opposed to just a dish of water. cats prefer to drink fresher running water instead of a warm dish that's been sitting around for days.
our cats' favorite toys are da bird and cat catcher mouse and they are the only toys that they don't seem to get tired of after a few days. heck, we even have to hide these because one of ours will try to sneak up, steal it and drag it off somewhere.
These water bowls were invented for this specific scenario :) I just pulled up a random one, there are probably other models out there
we have one of these fountains
Cats like to drink moving water for some reason. Get your cat one of these drink well
$60 seems a little steep.
Why not get it one of these? [link]