Why Cats Have Low Thirst Drive

December 10, 2020

Why Cats Have Low Thirst Drive

Is your cat getting enough water? 

Cats have a low thirst drive, which means that they don’t feel the need to drink water often. Yes, that’s the reason why your kitty’s water bowl never gets empty! 

That’s also the reason why cats are very likely to get dehydrated--especially during summers!

In this blog post, we will help you ensure that your feline friend gets enough water. 

Let’s get started. 

Dehydration in Kitties: Here’s What You Need to Know 

Thanks to the low thirst drive, cats are prone to getting dehydrated which imbalances the electrolytes in your furry friend’s body along with other complications.


Signs of dehydration in cats include: 

  • Elevated heart rate 
  • Increased panting 
  • Dry mouth
  • Sunken eyes
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Depression 
  • Lethargy 

If left untreated, dehydration can also cause gall bladder and kidney stones which are painful. In extreme cases, dehydration can even result in death. 

Here’s How to Encourage Your Kitty to Drink More Water! 

Let’s go through some techniques you can use to encourage your cat to drink more water: 

Giving her wet food 

Wet food has 75-78% moisture, which makes it an excellent way to keep your kitty hydrated. And, wet food is also a great way to switch up your cat’s diet--especially if your kitty is on kibble! 

Investing in a cat water fountain 

Cats prefer running water or stagnant water. So, they’re more likely to drink from a cat drinking fountain. It ensures that your kitty gets healthy drinking water as it comes with a filter! 

I personally prefer theoasis pet water fountain which provides a calm water stream--something my kitty prefers. Not just that, this fountain features a sleek design that saves space and is made from safe materials. 


Did you like this blog post? If so, share it with your loved ones! Have any questions? Leave them in the comments, and we’ll get back to you soon. 


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