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

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

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