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Can Kittens Drink Cow Milk Mixed With Water?

If you have a new kitten you may be wondering what it can drink, and how much. You may even be wondering if a combination of milk and water is acceptable…

Can kittens drink cow milk mixed with water?

Some kittens can drink cow milk mixed with water. But, others may have an upset stomach resulting in diahrea. Therefore, if you really want to try, you should only offer a small amount and see how your cat responds. But, the best hydration in the natural milk from their mother.

So, now you know. But, what is better for kittens, water or milk? What other options are theri if you don’t have formula? Should kittens be offered water? Keep reading for these answers, and much more…

What is the best hydration for kittens, water or milk?

A kitten drinking from a clear bowl.

A kitten drinking from a clear bowl.

The best hydration for a kitten is their mothers milk. However, if the mother is not there, or another issue preventing this you need to see how your kitten responds to water, or milk with water.

However, you should never offer 100% milk to a kitten, this is likely to cause siahrea issues and therefore should be avoided.

What can I feed a baby kitten if I don’t have formula?

If you do not have forumala to feed a kitten you will need to find another milk replacer. For young kittens, for example less than 4 weeks, your options are limited because they are not able to eat or ween onto solid foods.

Can you give kittens water?

Kittens older than 4 weeks will normally be able to drink water. Before that it is important that they are offered the milk from their mother or a milk replacer if there is an issue with that.

In their first few weeks of life its important for them to get their mothers milk to grow strong, develop their bones, teeth, strength, etc.

Can kittens drink cold water?

Some cats prefer cold water because they feel that it is fresher. this is driven from their instincts. Kittens may prefer the water less cold, but you need to test the temperature with your kitten and see how it responds.

This is because even older cats vary on their preference for cold water.

Do kittens drink water or milk?

If you have a new kitten you may be keen to know what is best for her diet, when it comes to drinking. In this section, I will explain if kittens drink water or milk.

In the early days of a kittens life, they drink their mother’s milk. If they are removed from their mother early, then a replacement milk formula can be purchased. After 8 weeks a kitten should be weaned and drinking water.

While the kitten is weaning, onto solid foods, you can expect them to eat kitten gruel (Click here to see how to make it), in that transitional phase.

So, you have learned that cats drink their mother’s milk and water, depending on what stage they are. Keep reading to understand how often your cat should be peeing, to make sure everything is normal.

How much water do kittens drink?

Kittens drink 3.5 to 4.-5 ounces of water per 5 lbs of their body weight. For example, a 12-week old kitten is expected to weigh approximately 3 lbs. Therefore, you would expect it to consume 2.1 to 2.7 ounces per day.

Now that you know how much water a kitten drinks, keep reading to learn how to get it to drink more, what happens if it does not drink enough, the number of times per day it should pee, and so much more.

How do I get my kitten to drink water?

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Now that you know how much water your kitten should be drinking, if you notice that your kitten is drinking less, you may be keen to know how to get her to drink more. Here are a few ways to do this:

  • Get a cat water fountain (best option)
  • Have multiple bowls throughout the house
  • Try offering more wet food
  • Keep the water bowls refiled

Get a cat water fountain (Best option)

A cat water fountain is a good way to boost your kitten’s water intake. These water fountains (Click here to see my best three) are in line with your cat’s instincts. In the wild, running water is the norm. Also, the best fountains filter the water (more on this later).

Have multiple bowls throughout the house

Another simple solution is to have multiple water bowls through your home. This way your kitty is prompted to drink all over the place, making it effortless. My only issue with this is, you need to constantly maintain all of them.

Try offering more wet food

If your cat eats mainly dry food, try offering her wet food instead. As I mentioned earlier, wet food can be up to 80% water, compared to approx 10% with dry food. Obviously, some cats will just refuse anything else, but it’s worth a try.

Keep the water bowls refiled

One of the issues some owners have is just not keeping the water bowls full. A simple and quick win, right? Just set a system to remind you to refill it regularly. Also, while you are filling eat, make sure there is no mess in there, for example, cat food that dropped in there, etc.

In summary

In my opinion, the water fountain is the best option and worth the investment. But, if that’s not possible you have a few other good options. Keep reading to learn the tell-tail signs that your kitty may be dehydrated.

How can I tell if my kitten is dehydrated?

If you are concerned, or just curious what signs point to dehydration, in this section I will list them out for you:

  • Low energy.
  • Acting anxious or depressed
  • Not eating as much
  • Her mouth is dry
  • Out of breath
  • Eyes might be sunken

Low energy

If you notice your kitty low on energy or lethargic, it may be an indication of dehydration. It could be something else, to be fair, but if in doubt, check it out.

Acting anxious or depressed

Anxiety (Click here for the best cat beds for anxious cats) and depression is sometimes hard to notice. It could be quite subtle. But, if you have made some recent changes in your home, and you have also noticed your kitten stop drinking, it could be linked and leading to dehydration.

Not eating as much

I know we are talking about dehydration, but if you have noticed her off her food it can still be linked. Especially if she usually eats canned food. As I stated earlier, it has a large percentage of water content. And, if your cat is not eating, it could lead to dehydration.

Her mouth is dry

This may be more obvious to your cat, but not necessarily easier for her owner to see. But, a dry mouth is a clear sign.

Out of breath or Eyes Sunken

Notice your kitty out of breath? or her eyes look sunken? And, she is off her water? It’s worth checking in with the vets to be sure.

In summary

So, you have learned there are many different signs that your kitten is dehydrated. Keep reading to learn if kittens mainly drink water or milk, or even both.

How many times a day should a cat pee?

If your cat is not peeing enough, it could be a sign that she is not drinking enough water. So, read this section to learn what is expected to help you gauge this.

A cat should pee once or twice a day on average. If you have noticed that your cat is going a lot more than this, say four or more times in a day, then this can be an indication there is a problem. Also, the urine should be clear or a pale yellow color.

Now that you know how often your kitten (Click here to see if a mother cat can forget where her kittens are) should be peeing, keep reading to learn if there are any other options, besides water, that you can offer your cat to increase their water intake.

What can cats drink besides water?

If you are struggling to get your cat to drink more water you will be interested to know there is a way to try and get your cat to drink more. This is an alternative to water.

According to this site, chicken broth, ideally low sodium, can be offered as an alternative to water. But, the trick is to add it t their food. For example, if you have some canned food, you can add the broth to it. The flavor and texture may help to get your cat to drink more.

So, you have learned another drink besides water that you can offer your kitty. If you have noticed your kitty is getting thirsty lately, keep reading to learn why.

Why is my kitten so thirsty?

If your kitty is lapping up water at an alarming rate, it may make you wonder if there is an issue. In this section, you will learn if this is the case or not.

If your cat is drinking excessively it could be a behavioral issue, anxiety. In extreme cases, it could be linked to a health issue. Such as diabetes, kidney disease, or hyperthyroidism. Any of the later should be taken seriously and consultation with your vet is needed.

You have learned why your cat may be drinking excessively or acting thirsty. But, what about the water you are offering your cat, are you using tap water? Keep reading to see if this is ok.

Can kittens drink tap water?

A bathroom tap/faucet.

A bathroom tap/faucet.

You may have heard some people say that tap water is no good for cats, and others say it’s fine. But, what is the bottom line?

Some cat owners offer their cats tap water with no problems, but some vets say its not a good idea. Instead, it is advised to use filtered water. Some good cat water fountains provide filtration for cats to make this easier and fun.

Lindsey Browlingdon