Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Dry Cats

Thursday, November 14, 2019
                      Cats are adapted to desert environments. In the desert their fluids come from their foods so they have evolved with a poor drive to drink and inferior drinking techniques and equipment.

  • Fresh prey contains 60-70% water and hunting cats do not naturally drink water.
  • You may have noticed that your cat often misses the surface of the water in the bowl at first pass. As predators, cats' eyes are designed to focus at a distance of at least 25cm so it's difficult for them to focus on the water surface. Many cats gauge the surface by looking at the far side of the bowl. Many prefer to lap from a tap or off the shower floor.
  • Cats are very inefficient at lapping fluids of low viscosity, such as water, because unlike other animals that create suction in their mouths, they must rely on their tongues to pull a column of water into their mouths. They only take in 3/100 of a teaspoon with each lap.
  • To top it all off cats are afraid of attack from predators and would prefer not to have to crouch at the waterhole to take in their fluids.
What can we do to prevent chronic dehydration and the dangers of kidney disease and bladder stones, especially in older cats? Feeding a high proportion of wet food - meat, cans or pouches - is the easiest solution. Providing fresh water in a private, quiet place every day and responding to their preference for moving water or water on large surfaces will also help. Avoid a solely dry diet at all costs.


Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

wool blood annual check FIV catoberfest flu mental health of cats lump hunched over pet insurance bed hunting head sudden blindness runny nose return home pet meat arthritis blockage AIDS training kitten play panadeine kidney new cat not eating photo competition check-up pet anxiety thiamine deficiency pheromone hairball tooth Canberra Cat Vet cat worms noisy breathing blood test bad breath feline enteritis string yowling poisonous ACT pill ulcers behaviour change introducing anaemia lick fear eye ulcer urinating outside litter grass dilated pupils kidney disease diuretics kittens lilies cat friendly introduce feline AIDS pancreatitis African wild cat IBD grooming free thirst wobbles furball cat containment rash information night appointment laser pointer comfortis tablet dental treatment hole snot holes physical activity tradesmen paracetamol vomiting unwell insulin RSPCA flea treatment rigid head dementia drinking a lot old sore eyes radioactive iodine allergy off food skinny diet goodbye weight competition worms christmas sick cat crytococcosus aspirin indoor cats kitten deaths strange behaviour herpesvirus when to go to vet dymadon sun depomedrol blood in urine water paralysed tick snuffles poison socialisation blue enteritis ulcer fight train fireworks cryptococcosis cortisone poisons ulcerated nose cystitis roundworm runny eyes twitching groom lame stiff desexing obsessive compulsive abscess,cat fight rolls painful fat bladder stones revolution tumour vaccination joints house call enclosure hard faeces stress heart disease New Year's Eve body language cat fight brown snake birthday cat on heat liver sore ears changed cough diabetes decision to euthanase vision renal disease litter box home hungry hyperactive diarrhoea scratching open day award flea prevention carrier mouth breathing poisoning pain killer obese skin blind dehydration antiviral food puzzles blocked cat tartar sucking wool fabric rough play microchip in season prednisolone appetite opening hours senses new year petting cat touch bite new kitten urinating stare into space sensitive stomach snake high blood pressure jumping sense of smell dry food restless inflammatory bowel disease hiding behaviour scale scratching post scratch visit cat enclosure fleas meows a lot massage lily mass play aggressive gasping hunters heaing panleukopenia plants change virus blindness wet food wet litter urine spraying activity aggression introduction cta fight senior antibiotics hearing unsociable moving xylitol enemies hospital chlamydia client night echocardiography introductions pain toxins slow snake bite snakes abscess sneeze exercise paralysis tick plaque urination permethrin pica odour prey outdoor cat dental check euthanasia intestine ribbon kitten breathing difficult aerokat cat history hunter hypertension spray pain relief mince cat vet tapeworm rub cage thyroid thirsty collapse drinking more urine panamax treat adipokines whiskers holiday vaccine spraying cancer sensitive best clinic attack fluid pills discount lilly mycoplasma corneal ulcer marking teeth headache constipation castration weight loss panadol litter obesity overweight sick Canberra FORLS face rub hyperthyroidism heavy breathing lymphoma feliway toxic straining spey cat enclosures pred best cat clinic allergy, cognitive dysfunction cranky eye urinating on curtains or carpet open night eyes computer dental poisonous plants old cat nails furballs love health check nose scabs advantage snuffle snakebite sore itchy eye infection asthma blood pressure bump polish kidneys breeder gifts holidays vomit holes in teeth foreign body best vet examination panleukopaenia skin cancer bladder hypertrophic cardiomyopathy paralysis best veterinarian biopsy desex cat flu weight control learning vet visit checkup worming signs of pain feline herpesvirus calicivirus kibble seizures Hill's Metabolic vocal fever salivation fits cat behaviour home visit conflict

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions