If your cat is not drinking enough, there are a number of possible reasons. We will show you what the problem could be.
By nature, cats only drink a small amount of water
As former desert animals, cats need very little water. They owe their relatively low fluid requirements to their powerful kidneys, which are a legacy of their ancestor, the African wildcat. This breed of cat has always had to get by with limited water because there is little to be found in its natural habitat. Their bodies have therefore adapted to cover most of their fluid requirements through their prey. Like wet food, this consists of around 80 percent liquid. When it is given wet food, a cat is therefore able to obtain a large part of its water requirements in this way. To ensure adequate hydration, a cat should always be provided with a supply of fresh water.
Increased water requirement with dry food
Outdoor cats that are fed with wet food at home cover almost all their liquid requirements through the cat food, the prey they catch, and any drinking sources on their expeditions. The situation is different if the cat is given dried food. With a moisture content of around 10%, dry food does not provide the necessary amount of liquid. To ensure that the cat is getting enough water, it must always have unrestricted access to fresh water.