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 chemicals/toxins that leech into the water. Look for a bottle made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), or give your cat spring water from a glass/cardboard carton.
There are alternative hydration options for cats. You could get a purifier and give your cay filtered water. Just ensure that your cat is drinking a sufficient amount of water each day.
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Is Mineral Water Safe for Cats?
Premium bottled water from a natural source is ideal for your cat. You can easily taste the difference when you sample tap and mineral water. Your cat will also be able to tell the difference.
When purchasing bottled water, always choose a reputable brand. Less scrupulous manufacturers bottle and sell city water. This is no different from the water that comes out of the tap.
If you buy natural spring water, your cat will be pleased. It will provide it with sufficient hydration that is free from the chemicals that are found in tap water. So, it’s far less likely that your cat will take one sniff and walk away. Just check the packaging.
Fears have long been expressed about bisphenol A, aka BPA. The website Facts About BPA aims to dispel these ‘myths’, but many scientific experts advise against using plastics constructed from the material.
When inspecting a plastic bottle, check the label for a recycling logo with a number inside. This is called a resin identification code.
The American Chemistry Council recommends plastics with the number 1.
This denotes that a bottle that is constructed from polyethylene terephthalate, aka PET, which is deemed safe. Of course, you could just get glass bottles or cartons of water.
Sparkling Mineral Water
The bubbles generated by carbonated water are more exciting to a cat than when they’re completely still. Sparkling water is not recommended for cats as a regular refreshment as it can cause bloating.
Flavored Spring Water
Another bottled water that may tempt a reluctant cat is a flavored option, such as strawberry or watermelon. If your cat avoids plain water, but loves the smell of fruit, its interest in drinking more regularly may pique.
However, it’s advisable to avoid using store-bought flavored water. These fluids are typically packed with sugar. Worse still, they often include artificial sweeteners, such as xylitol, which animals should avoid.
That’s not to mean that you cannot flavor your cat’s water yourself. Infusing tap water with the essence of fruit may mask the smell and keep your cat interested in drinking.
Why Won’t My Cat Drink Tap Water?
Cats reject still water as they don’t trust it. Wild cats drink from running streams as they know this water is fresh. Some still water in a bowl could be dirty or stagnant, and more likely do her harm.
The smell of tap water will be off-putting to your cat. The quality of tap water varies from state to state, but it will always be treated with chemicals, such as fluoride and chlorine. These are safe for cats, but it doesn’t change the fact that your cat will be able to smell these chemicals.
APEC Water said that your cat should never be given tap water if you wouldn’t drink it yourself.
Make sure that your cat doesn’t drink water from the toilet. Although it’s likely to be fresher due to the regular flushing, it can be toxic due to the use of cleaning products, such as bleach.
Don’t put your cat’s water next to its food. This can put your cat off drinking tap water due to the smell, or particles of stale food getting into the water.
Is Hard Water Bad for Cats?
Water is deemed ‘hard’ when it contains dissolved calcium, magnesium, lime, and chalk. If these dissolved minerals total more than 1 grain per gallon of water, it’s considered to be hard water.
Almost every territory of the U.S. has hard water. Completely soft water is undrinkable due to its high sodium content. There is a sliding scale of hardness:
- 1 – 2 Grains per Gallon (GPG) – Slightly Hard
- 3 – 6 GPG – Moderately Hard
- 7 – 9 GPG – Hard
- 10 – 13 GPG – Very Hard
- 14+ GPG – Extremely Hard
Extremely hard water is linked to feline urinary issues. This suggests that it should be avoided. If you are unsure of the water quality in your local area, ask your supplier for further information.
Does a Purifier Make Tap Water Safe?
An alternative to spring water is purified water. That way, you can make tap water as safe as store-bought water. This is advisable if you live in one of Best Life’s cities with the worst drinking water.
The use of a water purifier softens hard water and removes any harmful chemicals. This means that your cat is more likely to drink it. Of course, your cat may still consider it dull and ignore it.
Some cats will not countenance drinking still water, preferring to find a running source. In such an instance, consider infusing the water to make it more attractive to your feline.