Cat Food and Hydration

are insects poisonous to cats?
Cat Food and Hydration

Is It Safe for Cats to Eat Insects? (Bees, Wasps, Ants, Flies, Moths)

Cats chase anything that moves. While this behavior is associated with birds and rodents, some cats will also chase after insects. Cats can eat bugs with no ill effects, but there are risks. Bees and wasps, and certain ants and spiders, give a painful sting if threatened. Some insects have tough exoskeletons that are hard to swallow. Wings can become a choking hazard if they become trapped in the throat. Bugs can be unsanitary, and […]

is eating grass bad for cats?
Cat Food and Hydration

Why Do Cats Eat Grass And Plants?

Cats require a meat-rich diet in order to thrive and stay healthy. Vegetation offers none of the proteins (amino acids) that cats need to thrive. So, a feline’s dietary interest in grass and plants confuses many owners. The most common reason why cats eat grass is to settle an upset stomach by inducing vomiting or diarrhea. Your cat may be drawn to a unique scent or taste within the greenery. It is possible that the […]

Can Cats Eat Raw Chicken?
Cat Food and Hydration

Can Cats Eat Raw Chicken?

Cats are hardwired to sustain themselves on meat. Chicken, fish, beef, and turkey are common flavors for processed cat food. Cats can eat raw chicken, but there are risks. Raw meat is a breeding ground for bacteria. The bones can also be sharp or jagged. If a cat’s digestion is not used to raw food, it may cause stomach upsets. If you do wish to feed your cat raw chicken, get it from a reputable […]

cat drinking rainwater
Cat Food and Hydration

Why Do Cats Drink Dirty Water? (Puddles, Pools + Plant Pots)

Your finicky cat refuses to drink clean water from its bowl, preferring to drink from dirty puddles, barrels, ponds, bathtubs, pools, and sinks instead. Some cats will even drink water from the toilet bowl. It makes you wonder why cats find these unclean sources of hydration so appealing. The most common cause of cats refusing their water bowl is keeping the water too close to the food. In the wild, cats don’t like to drink […]

How Long Can a Sick Cat Go without Eating and Drinking?
Cat Food and Hydration

How Long Can a Sick Cat Go without Eating and Drinking?

Healthy cats can survive for a week or more without food, and three days without water. However, a sick cat’s body is already weakened, and the effect will be magnified further by starvation or dehydration. Encourage eating and hydration if your cat doesn’t eat for 24 hours and/or doesn’t drink for 12 hours. A sick cat should never go without food for more than 48 hours, or 24 hours without water. Water helps the blood […]

best spring water for cats
Cat Food and Hydration

Is Bottled Spring Water Good for Cats? (Mineral Water vs. Tap Water)

Convincing a feline to drink enough water can be a challenge for any owner. A distaste for tap water amplifies this problem, leaving you wondering if bottled spring water is a better option. Purchasing bottles of Evian water for cats may seem excessive, but it could be necessary. If the water is freshly bottled fresh from a spring, it will be healthier for cats to drink because it is chemical-free. However, plastic bottles contain harmful […]