Issue 11: August 09
Dear Dr. Schelling,

I have three related questions:

1. How much water should my cat be drinking?
2. Is there anything I can do to help her get the required amount of water?
3. How much do I have to worry about cleanliness or healthfulness of the water she drinks?

Thirsty for knowledge about cats

Dear Thirsty,

I'm glad to see you're so conscientious about your cat's water requirements. Water is vital to your cat's health and well-being. The amount of water your cat should drink is dependent on a number of factors, including her weight, her health, and the amount of canned ("wet") food in her diet. You want to make sure that your cat has access to clean, fresh water at all times. Some sources of water, such softened water or the tap water in many municipal systems, are not recommended for your cat. But it is relatively easy to ensure that the water your cat drinks is clean and safe. I go into all of this and more in my article, WATER — YOUR CAT'S MOST ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT.

-Dr. Schelling
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