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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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My ferals do not drink water

I leave fresh water out everyday and lock them in the garage at night to sleep. I spend a lot of time with them and I have never seen them drink any water. Anyone else have this problem? I do give them mostly wet food because of it.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 12:05 AM
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One of my indoor cats had urinary issues before. That's the reason they all (incl feral) are on wet diet now. I just don't want to create similar issues. I still provide clean water everyday. In case they need it, it's there for them.


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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 01:16 AM
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Funny you should ask Blumpy...I was wondering something similar. My stray gets wet and dry, and I used to see him drink pretty regularly. Since I moved last September though, I don't think I've seen drink any water, even once. I did start adding some water to his wet food - I don't know if that's the reason, or if it's because I changed his water bowl, or something else.

I know a lot of people don't worry about water intake if the cats are eating wet food, like NOLAKitties said. I worry a little because Mr. Casper does eat a lot of dry as well.
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 07:22 AM
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Are you sure they are not drinking water from somewhere else?? Maybe your tap water is not as tasty as that rainwater puddle down the street? I had a cat years ago that would only drink from the toilet!! Try putting an old plugged up toilet in the garage.
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I'm pretty sure they are not getting water anywhere else. I even give them spring water because if I don't drink my well water why should they?
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 03:10 PM
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I've had the same issue with my ferals. I have noticed they sometimes drink from puddles though.
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Yep, I've seen my stray drink from puddles before, but I think he preferred the water in his bowl once he started coming around regularly.

tonyd, do your ferals get wet food or dry?
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I hung out with my feral Chip for an hour tonight in my basement and finally saw him drink water! It was pretty exciting, more for me than him. I think it's the antibiotics or painkillers that are making him thirsty but I'm thrilled.
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Maybe try a cat fountain? I just got the CatIt Fresh & Clear fountain with the food dish for Ellie on clearance at HomeGoods for $20 and she absolutely loves it! She was an okay water drinker before but now makes many trips to the water fountain and enjoys it. I feel like many cats enjoy the moving or trickling water more, and it seems to keep it colder and fresher.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-24-2014, 01:50 AM
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My cats detest bottled spring water and turn their nose up so I have to do a mix of tap and bottled in both the fountain and the bowl. If I don't they will only drink from the faucet.
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