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Pet Peeves: Kitty Will Not Drink!

Q: I don't think my new kitten Belle is drinking! She eats her food but I've yet to catch her taking a sip of water in the two weeks since she's joined my home. I've even started marking the outside of the bowl so I can see if any disappears while I'm at work, but I see little to no difference. What should I do?

A: Oh no! Water's very important for our furry friends, so we've got to fix this pronto! While many cats love the water, others seem to show little interest in taking sips. First off, try adding more or less water to the dish. Kitty whiskers are super sensitive, and it's possible that there's not enough water to begin with and the sensation of the dish sides is scaring her away (or that there's too much and she doesn't want to get her head wet).

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Make sure you keep fresh water in a clean bowl at all times; if you come home from work and the water is still there, empty the dish, clean it, and refill. Be mindful of any soap residue from washing or even chemicals in unpurified water that could be altering the taste, too. Finally, consider testing a dish with a different shape or even a pet fountain, 'cause some cats can't get enough of the tub and only want running liquid! In the meantime, be certain to moisten her food with a touch of water to make sure she's getting enough fluids until you find the solution.

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