Is it Safe to Put Ice Cubes in My Cats Water?
You may be wondering how to keep your cat hydrated on hot days (Click here to see my Best 3 Cat water Fountains to keep your cat hydrated). You may have been tempted to cool them down with an ice cube. But, is that even safe to do?
Is it safe to put ice cubes in my cat’s water? No, it’s not recommended. The reason is there is a chance that it can cause issues in their mouth. In particular biting on the ice cube which could chip or break their teeth. Also, there is a chance of it choking them.
Now that you know the deal with ice cubes let me also explain why other cat owners argue that ice cubes are fine and low risk, in their opinion. Also, other ways to cool your cat down. The effect of the ice on their teeth and much more. Keep reading…
Why do some cat owners say Ice cubes are safe?
Other cat owners argue that Ice cubes are totally safe. And claim they have done it many ties before without any issues. Their argument is that cats do not gulp down water, so the chances of them swallowing the ice cube is very low.
They say cats leisurely lap the water up rather than gulping it down which reduces the risks of the ice cube being swallowed. In my opinion, it’s best to be safe than sorry and avoid doing this.
Other ways to keep your cat cool.
One of the biggest reasons why cat owners consider giving their cat ice cubes is keeping them cool in hot weather. In particular, in the scorching summer heat, depending on where you live it can get very hot.
To get around this temptation to use ice cubes I’m going to suggest some other methods you can use to keep your cat cool during these hot summer days.
Ice Cubes in Water with Ice Chippings
Instead of doing this it is advised to place the ice cube into some water so that it doesn’t cause any issues within their mouth. But first, chip up the ice cube into smaller pieces. Which will reduce the chances of them hurting their mouth.
Using a fan
In this section, I’m going to explain how you can use a fan but not in a conventional way. Firstly you need to turn the fan on but direct it towards the floor rather than at face level.
Once this is done you need to make sure that you have a wet towel on the floor. The fan should hit the wet towel and caused a nice cold breeze for your cat to feel cool in the summer period.
Another trick that you can use is to create some big ice balls. They are great because they keep your cat cool, interested (if not fascinated) and also reduce the risk of them choking on it due to the sheer size of the item.
These ice balls are easily made and very economical. All you need is a standard balloon (can the string on these be dangerous? Click here) which is inflated. You then need to fill the balloon with water and freeze it.
The only issue is the amount of freezer space it needs. If you have a deep freezer that is ideal for this. Once it has set, remove the balloon from the freezer and along with the elastic balloon material to expose the ice ball.
You will then be left with an oval-shaped piece of ice which you can place into a container and offer to your cats to keep them cool in the sun.
Catscicles (Click here for my article on Catsicles) are is basically a play on the word “popscicle”. You can get creative with these and cats really do love them. Its a fun thing for your cat and you can have many different flavours and styles. The only restriction is your own imagination.
Will ice cubes affect your cat’s teeth?
Earlier we talked about the potential dangers of using ice cubes and why it’s better to look at alternatives to keep them cool in the summer.
However, I would like to focus on your cat’s teeth for a moment. So you understand what dangers these ice cubes offer your cat.
One of the biggest reasons I say to avoid ice cubes is because of reports from vets that some cats have injured themselves by chewing on ice cubes rather than licking it.
Whilst this is a low percentage of cats because in most cases they rather lick it then bite it, it does happen.
The problem is, these chipped or broken teeth can cause other knock-on issues. Such as causing choking, digestive issues, etc.
This can also lead to them having a high level of discomfort. Which can stop them eating for a period of time which can cause numerous different related issues. This is the reason why I said it’s not a good idea to do this.
Is cold water bad for cats?
You may be thinking to yourself, we understand now that ice cubes are not such a good idea, but what about cold water? In this section I’m going to discuss this.
Coldwater, in general, is not bad for cats. However, I have to say this with caution. Because the term “cold water” is quite subjective. What you deem as cold may not be cold to your cat and vice versa, are you with me?
Avoid Ice cold water
My point is, it’s not a good idea to load up your cat’s water with loads and loads of ice cubes. Avoid preparing a drink which is ice cold.
Ice cold water is not a good idea for cats. Why is this? because their metabolism rate has a high temperature. If you provide extreme cold water that they consume this can cause issues with their digestion and may even slow down your metabolism. Which, can cause a lot of other related health issues.
So for that reason, if you do want to provide cold water do it in moderation. Like most things moderation is the key.
Turning ice cubes into a game for cats.
As much as we have focused on the dangers of ice cubes, cold water issues, etc. How about some fun with ice cubes? Is this possible and is it a good idea? Let Me Explain…
Yes, there is a cool ice cube game I will share with you. It is a great idea and a very economical game that you can prepare in a short space of time.
Simply get a few ice cubes. Place them into a bowl or even on the plate. That’s it, simple as that.
You’ll be surprised how intrigued your cat will be as they attack the ice cubes and watch it slide across the floor.
My only concern with this is to make sure that you clean up after they’ve had a good play because it could leave slippery wet floors after they finished playing with the cubes.
In this section, I will answer some questions related to cats, ice cubes and water. If you have more questions that you need answered feel free to drop me a reply below.
Q: Do cats love moving water?
Yes, cats love moving water. But why is this? The reason is that it’s more like their natural habitat. They are used to water that is dripping from a river, lake or some other natural flow.
Therefore to emulate this and also to entice them to drink more you should provide either a running faucet of water or better still an actual water fountain (Click here for my best 3 cat Fountains (Ceramic vs Stainless Steel). These fountains will provide a continuous and economical flow of water which will keep them happily entertained and push them towards drinking more water and keeping themselves healthy.