Why should I clean my cat's food and water bowls daily? | FamilyPet
Not surprisingly, cats prefer their water fresh, also. The motion of water coming out of a faucet is very appealing to their sense of hearing, as well as of sight, and possibly even of smell. Even if your cat’s water dish looks clean, bacteria can collect very quickly especially in ceramic and plastic bowls. Always use stainless steel bowls for food and for water for your kitty. And, it is best to change his water daily, after rinsing out his water bowl thoroughly, or even washing it daily. Water that has been standing even a few hours loses oxygen; cats are smart enough to know that the freshest water still has lots of oxygen in it, which is certainly true in the running fresh water right out of the tap.
Don’t just refill the water each day without washing the bowl itself. Hair, dirt, saliva and food can stick to the sides. Wash the bowl with mild dish soap and then thoroughly rinse all traces of soap from the bowl before refilling it with fresh water. Traces of dish soap can burn the cat’s tongue and will also give the water an unpleasant taste.
Wash bowls daily. Cats can be turned off by odors on the edge or inside of the bowl. Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are easier to keep clean, and some cats seem to prefer shallow glass or metal bowls. Keep the bowl filled to the brim, cats have very sensitive whiskers and usually don't enjoy putting their faces all the way into a bowl.Some cats will drink more if a drop or two of tuna juice (from canned tuna in water) is added to the bowl, or ice cubes made from flavored broth mixed with water. If you try this, make sure to still provide a separate bowl of fresh water.Provide a water source away from the food bowl. Cats seem to enjoy drinking water more when it is away from their food dish. This also encourages natural hunting/foraging behaviors to place water in more than one area.Moving water is irresistable to most cats. Try leaving a dripping faucet on or purchase a cat water fountain. Fountains are excellent at keeping the water fresh and at keeping your cat entertained. Most pet stores carry cat fountains.Milk is a good treat if your cat is not lactose intolerant, however cats do not need milk. Water is still the best thing for your cats health.Experiment with your cat. Find his/her favorite water habits and encourage them. By keeping your cat hydrated, you can improve your cat's health and extend his life.Please call your veterinarian if you notice any changes in your cats water intake as this can be an early warning sign for medical problems. Do your cat a favor. Do not use plastic dishes for food or water. I had two Siamese brothers. One had obvious acne on his little chin, even as a kitten. The others wasn’t quite so obvious, but it was there. Their Vet told me to keep them away from plastic food bowls where oils gather from their chins and from any food that got on the bowls’ rims. With warmer weather come insects. Keeping your cat colony’s food and water bowls ant-free can prove a challenging task. There are a number of ant-proof bowls on the market. Below are the bowls tested by Alley Cat Allies.The feeder holds a bottle of water in the center to maintain water level, and a food hopper provides a gravitational free flow of food. The bowl of water stands between ants and the cat food. Though this feeder is “ant proof” Alley Cat Allies recommends feeding cats only the amount they can eat in a 30 minutes sitting. We do not recommend leaving food out at all times. The feeder can only be used for dry food.