How to get your pet
to drink more water?

28/06/2022 Health & care Dog Cat

18 tips to get your dog or cat to drink more

It’s important for your pet’s health that it drinks enough. Drinking water ensures that nutrients are better absorbed and helps to control body temperature. Especially in the summer, drinking enough can be a challenge. With our following tips and accessories, you can help your faithful friend on its way.

9 tips to get your dog to drink more

1. Clean and refill the drinking bowl daily. 

Water that has been standing still for a while, is no longer attractive to your faithful friend. Just as we humans don’t like to drink from a dirty glass, animals don’t like to drink from a dirty drinking bowl! 

2. Place the drinking bowl in a place your dog likes. 

Maybe the current location of the drinking bowl doesn’t meet your four-legged friend’s wishes? Sometimes a small adjustment, like moving the bowl, can make a big difference.

3. Place water bowls in various areas of your house. 

Or even better: give your dog different options. This way he can choose where he wants to drink at any time and there will always be a drinking bowl within his reach.

4. Try another type of drinking bowl, maybe a bigger one. 

Dogs don’t like drinking bowls that are too small. Your dog may also be frightened when his collar taps against the stainless steel. It may therefore be worth trying a different type of bowl.

5. Buy a drinking fountain. 

A drinking fountain ensures that the water stays clean and has a delicious taste. Flowing water also stimulates extra drinking.

6. Add water to your dog’s food. 

This is a good way of ensuring your loyal friend still gets some of his daily intake. By the way, did you know that it’s also good for your dog's weight? Simply pouring water over your dog's food will make the kibble swell and your dog will feel like he’s getting a lot more to eat.


7. Flavour their water. 

Do you have some unsalted water in which you have cooked chicken, meat or fish? Great!

8. Make doggy smoothies and ice creams. 

Delicious and refreshing: freeze some unsalted meat broth and turn it into an ice lolly. Or make a tasty smoothie with your faithful companion's favourite fruit.

9. Offer water from your hand. 

Some dogs are difficult drinkers when out and about. Does your dog refuse to drink from his traveling bowl? Then he might drinks some water from your cupped hand.

How much water should my dog drink?

A healthy dog must drink at least 50 ml per kg of body weight per day. This means that a dog of 20 kg, for example a Labrador, must drink approximately one litre of water per day. This is of course only a guideline. If it is very hot or your dog is very active, the amount must be increased to 75-100 ml per kg of body weight.

9 tips to get your cat to drink more

1. Don’t place the drinking bowl near the feeding bowl. 

By nature, cats don’t like to drink where they eat or do their business, as this could contaminate their water. Therefore, always place the drinking bowl away from the cat litter tray or feeding bowl.

2. Place water bowls throughout the house. 

This way, your pet can choose where to drink and it will come across several drinking possibilities while walking through the house.

3. Try a drinking fountain. 

Cats are known to be attracted by the movement of flowing water, which is why they like to drink directly from the tap. A drinking fountain will therefore make your purring friend extra happy. 

4. Refresh the water daily. 

Sounds obvious but is often forgotten. Even if the drinking bowl is still almost full, you should change the water daily.

5. Fill the drinking bowl all the way up to the top. 

In general, cats prefer to be able to drink without their whiskers touching the side of the bowl.

6. Experiment with different types of drinking bowls. 

Try a wider drinking bowl. This will also ensure that your feline's whiskers don’t touch the side of the bowl. 

7. Give your cat wet food. 

Wet food contains 70-80% water and is therefore an easy way to get your cat to drink more.

8. Flavour the water. 

Have you perhaps cooked chicken, fish or meat in some unsalted water? Perfect for your cat.

9. Try bottled water or fresh rainwater. 

Cats can be fussy eaters and drinkers. Some cats don’t like the taste of tap water. Bottled water or fresh rainwater may be the solution.

How much water should my cat drink?

A cat should also drink at least 50 ml per kilogram of body weight per day. An average cat weighs 4 kg, which means that a cat should drink around 200 ml of water per day. It’s also important for cats to drink more in warm temperatures and when they are active.

With these gadgets Drinking becomes even more fun!
Drinking bottle Sippy Green
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Feeding and drinking bowl Kiki Round White
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Feeding and drinking bowl Kiki Round White
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In a nutshell

Some easy tips are to add water to your dog's food, get a drinking fountain or place several bowls in various areas of your house. Clean and fill the drinking bowl(s) daily.
It’s advisable to place the drinking bowl away from the cat litter tray or feeding bowl. A drinking fountain is also a good idea, because cats are known to be attracted by the movement of flowing water. An easy way to get your cat to drink more water is to offer her wet food.
The general guideline is that your dog should drink at least 50 ml per kg of body weight. This means that a 20 kg dog, for example a Labrador, must drink approximately one litre of water per day.
An average cat weighing 4 kg should drink around 200 ml of water per day. Is your feline friend a bit heavier, is it very warm or is your cat very active? Then she’ll needs more water.