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Re: cat thirst drive, in addition to wet feed using a fountain type waterer encourages more drinking as cats prefer moving water (which is why they like to drink from faucets too)
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Re: cat thirst drive, in addition to wet feed using a fountain type waterer encourages more drinking as cats prefer moving water (which is why they like to drink from faucets too)

We use a filtered fountain waterer called an aqua-cube, and we keep their water separate from their food, which also encourages water intake. Our cat Charlotte is a water-nut, she is constantly wet and plays in the tub, water bowls and the water fountain, so her water intake isn't a big concern for me, but it's better to be safe than sorry. 


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My name Is Chickengal505, but you can call me 505 . It's kind of like if James Bond came up with his code-name when he was twelve.
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We use a filtered fountain waterer called an aqua-cube, and we keep their water separate from their food, which also encourages water intake. Our cat Charlotte is a water-nut, she is constantly wet and plays in the tub, water bowls and the water fountain, so her water intake isn't a big concern for me, but it's better to be safe than sorry. 

We have a couple of water nuts in the mix here too -- well, had as one is my daughter's cat so she has moved off to college with her and the other was my old man cat who was put to sleep last year.  They stand in the water, bat at the water, dip their paws and drink off the paws, dig all the water they can out onto the floor --- old man cat used to try to get into the bath or shower with me.

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We feed Evolve cat food, it's cheaper than most grain-free foods but is still a high-quality cat food. Cats have a low thirst drive, meaning they don't feel the urge to drink water as much as humans or dogs do and therefore they often won't drink enough water to keep their kidneys healthy. Over time this can cause crystals and blockages in the urinary system, that's why wet food is better. It gives them more water and keeps them more hydrated than if their only moisture intake was normal water.

A pelleted or crystal litter is probably going to be your best bet dust-wise, I'd found that every clay litter has dust, regardless of whether it's dust free or not. Charlotte has eaten a few low quality foods over her life, because various people we shared a home with free-fed their cats and allowed her to eat their food, even when we made it clear we didn't want her to. roll.png   I haven't noticed a correlation between the foods with grain and the stains, but I have noticed that when living with my boyfriend's parents, who smoked, never dusted and had five other cats, her eyes got nearly unbearable. We moved, and our house now is almost entirely open-air, and very well circulated. I wouldn't say they're getting better but they definitely not as bad as they were. 

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Re: cat thirst drive, in addition to wet feed using a fountain type waterer encourages more drinking as cats prefer moving water (which is why they like to drink from faucets too)

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We use a filtered fountain waterer called an aqua-cube, and we keep their water separate from their food, which also encourages water intake. Our cat Charlotte is a water-nut, she is constantly wet and plays in the tub, water bowls and the water fountain, so her water intake isn't a big concern for me, but it's better to be safe than sorry. 

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We have a couple of water nuts in the mix here too -- well, had as one is my daughter's cat so she has moved off to college with her and the other was my old man cat who was put to sleep last year.  They stand in the water, bat at the water, dip their paws and drink off the paws, dig all the water they can out onto the floor --- old man cat used to try to get into the bath or shower with me.

I'll have to look into Evolve because the Wellness is pretty pricey especially since she hates i . The wet food she loves but hates this dry food and is constantly stealing dog food. I will have to look into a water fountain too. Our cat used to be a water nut but I've found it's off and on.

Interesting you mention the smoking and dustinf8 too because my dad and brother smoke (though they never smoke in the house if that makes a difference) and though we try to vacuum and clean other ways, we don't dust either lol maybe i need to start.

I'll have to get some crystal litter too. Makes sense clay would be dusty given what it is. Just stinks they advertise as dust free.
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Oh and I've noticed that since we ran out of wet a couple weeks ago she's been drinking more water. Need to getget some more ASAP.
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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