Catwater | Could It Help Prevent UTIs In Cats?

Category: Cat Healthcare, New Cat Products

For humans, bottled water is hardly the next big thing. But it could be for cats. A Colorado-based company is bottling Catwater, which it says is mineral-free and pH optimized to help prevent UTIs in cats. 

 

One way to prevent UTIs in cats is to get them to drink more, even if it's from a faucet.

Does your cat love a drink from the faucet?

Just about the last thing the planet needs is more plastic bottles finding their way to recycling centers and the ocean. But more plastic might be the price you have to pay if you want to do one more thing to try to prevent UTIs in cats. 

Enter Catwater, a new product from H&C Animal Health. Bottled in Canada, it’s ozonated and chlorine-free. H&C says its pH is “perfectly balanced” between 6.2-6.4 to minimize the minerals that can cause bladder stones and crystals in cats.

The issue, of course, is how to get your cat to drink it, even if it tastes great. Healthy cats are notoriously unenthusiastic drinkers. We can thank their desert wild cat ancestors for that almost nonexistent thirst drive.

Getting Your Cat To Drink More

Cats need between 5-10 ounces of water a day, but it doesn’t all have to come from a bowl. 

Our cats’ desert wild cat ancestors got most of the moisture they needed from their food, and that should be true of our house cats, too.

If your cats eat all or mostly wet food, it could be days before you see them drinking from a bowl. But if they eat all or mostly dry food, they need to visit those water bowls several times a day. Here are some ways to help prevent UTIs in cats by encouraging them to drink.

Preventing UTIs In Cats

Although it could help, you don’t need Catwater to try to prevent bladder stones and crystals, or UTIs in cats.

The best ways to prevent them are to reduce stress and feed an all- or mostly-wet-food diet.

Cats’ bodies are designed to get most of the moisture they need from their food. And the higher moisture content in wet food keeps them well-hydrated and maintains the urine at the proper pH to discourage the formation of bladder stones and crystals.

Who’s most at risk of developing UTIs and bladder stones and crystals? Cats who are middle-aged, overweight, live strictly indoor, don’t get enough exercise and eat only dry food are the most likely to have problems.

Know The Signs Of A UTI

In male cats, UTIs or bladder stones or crystals can be life-threatening and are a medical emergency. Watch for these signs…

To help you monitor your cats’ health, Pretty Litter changes color when it detects a problem. And if you love technology, these apps for cats can tell you all about your cats’ litter box behavior.

Cat Health In A Plastic Bottle

Catwater is available in four-liter and 500 ml bottles. The bottles, handles and caps are made of PET plastic and are recyclable if you’re in an area that still recycles plastic. If you can’t put the bottles in your curbside recycling, ask if your local supermarket will recycle them.

 

9 comments

  1. Sweet Purrfections - Reply

    Interesting product. Wonder if I can get it in SC. I keep three cat fountains running in my home all the time. Truffle needs plenty of hydration since her bladder stone surgery two years ago.

  2. Beth - Reply

    That litter sounds great! My friend’s cat had some UTI problems and it would have been wonderful to have that visual cue right away!

  3. Jana Rade - Reply

    Interesting product; it is true that most cats seem to go through their lives dehydrated. Wouldn’t the optimal solution be, however, to provide water the way it was meant to be–through food?

    • Missy Zane - Reply

      Yes, it would! There would be a lot fewer UTIs if cats had all or mostly wet food with very little dry.

  4. Happyoodles - Reply

    Great information about cat UTI’s. I never realized that dry cat food could be part of the issue. We always fed part dry and part wet food to our cats. The cats and dogs all drank from one bowl too.

  5. The Dash Kitten Crew - Reply

    I think that any cat owner with a UTI cat is going to try anything to help alleviate their cat’s discomfort and that might include this. Human UTI discomfort is no fun so everything we can do to help our cats is a vital health step.

    I love that the plastic is recyclable too. We recycle hard plastics right now in New Zealand.

  6. Emilia - Reply

    Interesting. Amazing what people come up with! I don’t think I’m going to be trying it any time soon. Just regular distilled water is much cheaper if minerals are a concerned. I would probably try it if I had a cat that had crystals that didn’t respond to other treatment. Getting rid of dry food is best like you said.

  7. Britt K - Reply

    Great advice! We have found that our cats drink more when we allow them to share a water dish with the dogs. I’m not sure if it’s the size of the bowl (it’s big enough for our large dogs) or the fact that they are all sharing it. Whatever it is, it’s working lol Sometimes you just have to roll with it whether you know why it’s working or not. Right?

  8. Michelle & The Paw Pack - Reply

    Interesting post! I have to admit I don’t love the idea of increased plastic bottles either, but that’s great that the bottles are recyclable. I don’t have any cats myself, but I have a senior dog who’s struggled with frequent UTIs in the past so I, at least in some ways, understand the struggle.

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