How to Keep Your Cat Hydrated All Year Round...Part 2

During my visit to Holistic Pet Care a few weeks ago, Dr. Buchoff said I was dehydrated and needed much more water in my daily diet. How he discovered this I do not know since we had just met, except he mentioned it as he was taking my temperature “you know where” – and had a hard time getting the thermometer up there – meow-ouch!

That surprised mom as she has been putting ¼ cup of water or bone broth in both our breakfast and dinner meals every day and thought that was sufficient.

Beau and I actually never drink water from the water bowl because we get a lot of our moisture from our defrosted raw food, although there is a fresh bowl of filtered water every day for us, should we get thirsty.

Of course if we have freeze-dried raw food, which requires hydration to reconstitute it, we probably get more water or broth in the bowl.

However the doctor said we need at least 1¼ cups of liquid a day! And the best way would be to pour it over our food for each meal, especially since we don’t frequent the water bowl.

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Mom said she had to think about that idea for a bit because it meant that our meals, which now resemble “stew” with the ¼ cup of broth or water and we like it…but now with a ½ + cup, our food will become more like “soup” – and you know how us kitties hate change!

So mom started to slowly introduce more liquid to each of our meals, and over the course of 3 weeks, has us up to ½ cup in each meal for a total of 1 cup of hydration every day. So we are on our way!

I must say there have been a few times when I said “enough with the liquid mom”…and walked away from my food…but she sprinkled some freeze-dried chicken breast flakes on top of the “soup” – and that lured me back to finish my meal – liquid and all! She says it’s like “parmesan cheese” when she uses the crumbled chicken as a topper…but we call it “kitty krack” because we love it so much!

The only other dramatic result of this increased hydration is – what goes in – must come out!

So it’s a good thing that we have 3 litter boxes for us 2 cats! They are definitely getting more use! Mom says she doesn’t mind the extra cleanings, if it means we are well-hydrated and that the increased liquid intake adds to our wellbeing.