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Default Recently, we took my ten-week-old tabby in for her first vet visit. The vet found her

I don't know any studies that show that we must only give bottled water to our pets. Dogs and cats and been domesticated for a number of years, even before bottled waters became so popular. Millions of pets have done perfectly fine just being offered tap water.
Cats originated in very arid, desert climates; therefore their needs for water are different than the dog's need for water. Because of this adaptation to a very dry climate, cats have a lower sensitivity to thirst and are able to survive on less water than dogs. They may even tend to become slightly dehydrated before they have the desire to drink. To compensate for this, cats have the ability to create highly concentrated urine. But this is not necessarily good for your cat as strong, concentrated urine tends to increase your cat's risk for lower urinary tract problems.
Recognizing this, rather than providing a measured amount of water, keep in mind that your cat needs to be encouraged to drink. Provide plenty of fresh water in a form your cat enjoys. Place fresh water in your cat's water bowl on a regular basis, perhaps even refreshing the water several times each day. You might even want to place several water bowls in locations throughout the house. Try to provide a safe location where he can have access to water, even when you're gone. It is especially important to provide plenty of fresh water during the warm summer months. However, I would recommend having fresh water available to your kitten/cat at all times.

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