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Breakthrough With Kidney Kitty's Drinking Issues!! :)

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  • Breakthrough With Kidney Kitty's Drinking Issues!! :)

    Last week I bought her a water fountain. When I had filled the bottle and put the fountain on the floor, she jumped right down off the sofa to check it out. She seemed to know all about it, although she had never seen one before and I don't think she could have heard the water running as she doesn't seem to hear other sounds anymore.

    She jumped down, went right up to it, sniffed it ... then turned away and started to drink out of her regular glass.

    I left the fountain out for 24 hours and she ignored it the whole time. So I took it back to the store. I then went to the grocery store and found some low-sodium bone broth that does not contain onions. Its flavor is so bland I wondered if it would attract her, and was so glad to learn that it did. I poured it into her bowl and she drank it all (maybe 1/8 cup to start). So I poured in more, diluted it with water, and she drank most of that too.

    I am hoping that having this broth-water out overnight will help her drink when she wakes up in the early mornings instead of going from her bowl to the shower and back meowing. I think it is an age thing and that she is looking for water and maybe can't smell the plain water anymore (she doesn't seem to smell her food very well anymore either). This morning she had tuna water first thing and then went back to bed and slept until I was ready to get up, and tonight she has been enjoying the new broth-water.

    Last edited by Rackonteur; Mar. 21, 2017, 07:16 PM.
    Rack on!

  • #2
    Good job !!

    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


    • #3
      Well that's good news! It's always heart-warming when our efforts actually pay off. Which is rare, in cat-world. I tried the drinking fountain a number of years ago and it was a dismal failure. Three cats and several fosters, and NO ONE used it.


      • #4
        I had a fountain and my cat used it to wash the kitchen floor for me. She thought it was great.


        • Original Poster


          I left the bone broth-and-water out all night, and this morning I was able to sleep until a decent hour! Yay! Kitty has been doing great with the broth-water. I just fed supper, and after eating and washing her face she went over to her bowl and helped herself to a drink. No wandering, no meowing. She has only said "Meow" once, and that was just a nice quiet request for more food. She came and got into bed with us this morning, but not at the crack of dawn, and it was so nice to wake up to a soft whisker-kiss again instead of a blood-curdling MEOW from the shower stall!

          I am so happy that she is doing well, and I know she is happy too (and so, apparently is 12yo!).

          Rack on!


          • #6
            Rosemary discovered the faucet dripping at 1 1/2 years old and we had a faucet running for the next 17 years! She simply would not drink from a bowl. Maybe she did a little but 95% was from a facet. We tried the kitty fountain. Nope. So you may try a faucet.....
            "Punch him in the wiener. Then leave." AffirmedHope


            • #7
              Originally posted by CindyCRNA View Post
              Rosemary discovered the faucet dripping at 1 1/2 years old and we had a faucet running for the next 17 years!
              The things we do for our kitties!