Life with a feline is rarely simple. For example: providing food for your dog is a breeze: he’s hungry and you feed him. But with cats, it isn’t always a straightforward process.
Ceramic, metal or porcelain materials are optimal for feeding and watering your cat. Avoid using plastic dishes: regardless of how often you clean them, plastic can trap bacteria, which can be harmful if ingested. It can also cause chin acne (cats often rub their chin on the bowl’s surface when they eat). Wash your cat's food bowls daily to avoid bacterial growth. Here are some tips for feeding your cat healthfully:
Water is essential to life but cats -- of course -- are different. Evolved from desert-dwelling ancestors with limited access to water, cats’ kidneys compensate for a lack of water by retaining as much of it as possible, which is why cat urine is typically concentrated and yellow.
While their kidneys have adapted, lack of water intake is a major contributor to early onset kidney disease in domesticated cats. The problem often lies in the fact they rarely drink water at home. The main reason? Persnickety felines often refuse to drink water if they are unhappy with the location and/or taste. Here are some facts about cats and water:
There are ways to encourage healthy water consumption.
Cat are hunters by nature, so the prospect of bowls of food and water waiting in plain sight for consumption can sometimes be challenging for an animal that’s genetically programmed to hunt for small prey. Understanding your cat’s nature will help you help them to live a happy, healthy, well-fed (and hydrated) life.