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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:21 am 
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How much water do you add?
Basil never drinks water, I'm trying to make sure he gets more water in him.
Just trying to get an estimated amount of what the normal is.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:56 am 
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I add 2 teaspoons to 3x wet meal plus Cleo has fish/chicken once a day to which I add a few teaspoons of cooking juices. (5 teaspoons per day)
And she Peeps for England (which is how I like it) :mrgreen:

The only worry I have is when she is off her food (often) and I cant add water... I end up giving her fresh cooked (poached) fish with loads of juices just to get water into her.

Wet food alone gives our little desert creatures plenty of water... but personally I add more (when she is well or poorly) to keep peeps frequent and because, like yours she doesnt touch water bowls and I get worried :rolleyes:


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:16 pm 
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My Bengal gets mostly wet food. I fill his water bowl to the top in the morning and it's down quite a bit when I get home from work. I've thought about adding some water to his food, just to maybe gravy it up. It would be just a few drops for him. I think adding a few tablespoons to the food each time would be fine for your baby.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:47 pm 
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BengalDaddy wrote:
I add 2 teaspoons
Sherry wrote:
I think adding a few tablespoons
Quite a difference between table and tea spoon :wink:
Alot depends on the type of food... the gravy-less meat meals (like Hi-life for eg) are harder to add water to, you can soak them which flavours up the water into a kinda broth.

Any food with its own gravy is much easier to add water .. a good stir makes slightly runnier gravy that still tastes yummy and gets lapped up really well.

slbencke?
Does Basil do lots of peeps?
(is it hot and dry climate where you live?)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:07 am 
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BengalDaddy wrote:
BengalDaddy wrote:
I add 2 teaspoons
Sherry wrote:
I think adding a few tablespoons
Quite a difference between table and tea spoon :wink:
Alot depends on the type of food... the gravy-less meat meals (like Hi-life for eg) are harder to add water to, you can soak them which flavours up the water into a kinda broth.

Any food with its own gravy is much easier to add water .. a good stir makes slightly runnier gravy that still tastes yummy and gets lapped up really well.

slbencke?
Does Basil do lots of peeps?
(is it hot and dry climate where you live?)


Thanks for the advice! I live in Florida, US. So it is hot, but is humid.
I agree, gravy is way easier to add water too, as it is already juicy. I have to be careful though- its as if I have to trick him. if I add too much he won't touch the food, or he'll pull the food out and eat it off the floor.
Basil has a condition where he gets crystals often, urinates in places other than his litter box, and sometimes has blood in his urine. He gets UTI's often, and also gets very strange/random things to show up in his urine samples that the vet isn't even sure what to diagnose of it.
They think that many of these are because of his avoidance of water consumption.

I actually ask the advice of how much water you use because I think at one point I was giving him too much- I was giving him 3 table spoons per meal (he is only fed wet food) as a pose to tea spoons! He coughed up a ton of water the other day! YIKES! So I've only started adding one table spoon. But I'm really unsure how much should be added, your replies have helped. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:36 am 
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I have pretty good luck mixing warm water with the food. It makes it stinkier. I usually do 1/4 of the food amount of warm water.

I suppose you could blend water with some of the wet to make a "gravy"?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:26 pm 
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Adding water is your strategy for managing his crystals then, Sorry to hear Basil is having this problem.
I offer Cleo (in the summer) extra in-between meal snacks of mashed chicken (not chopped) or mashed white fish and I add alot of water. As long as you limit the portion to prevent ruining appetite for next mealtime it is +1 way to get water into kitty.

When it was really hot here I also wet Cleo down with cupped fresh water on my hands (she put up with it) too cool her off and to instigate grooming that also hydrated her.

have you noticed Basil's condition worsen with different weather? (is it cooling off there now?)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:01 am 
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I think it really depends too on what the canned food is, because they vary a lot by moisture level. Weruva contains lots of water. Very "soupy" food. Something like Wellness is pretty much just a glob of dry moist meat. Merrick and Tiki Cat are kind of half way in between.

That's actually one reason why I like Weruva. I notice that even if the cats are being fussy and don't want to eat the entire portion that I give them, the generally will lap up the "soupy" part of it first.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:26 am 
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BengalDaddy wrote:
Adding water is your strategy for managing his crystals then, Sorry to hear Basil is having this problem.
I offer Cleo (in the summer) extra in-between meal snacks of mashed chicken (not chopped) or mashed white fish and I add alot of water. As long as you limit the portion to prevent ruining appetite for next mealtime it is +1 way to get water into kitty.

When it was really hot here I also wet Cleo down with cupped fresh water on my hands (she put up with it) too cool her off and to instigate grooming that also hydrated her.

have you noticed Basil's condition worsen with different weather? (is it cooling off there now?)


It's been about a year that he has been on and off with crystals. Yes adding water is a strategy for us.
Wetting them down is a good idea, I hadn't thought of that before. :lol: If I add too much they refuse to eat it, and if I leave it there long enough they will eventually lap some of it up, but will actually spit up the liquid a meanwhile later.

It has not started to cool off yet here in FL, I actually haven't noticed the weather making a difference, but now that you mention it I will take note of it this time. I think it was at it's worse at the peak of spring/summer, but I can't really remember how bad his condition was last years winter.

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brianj12 wrote:
I think it really depends too on what the canned food is, because they vary a lot by moisture level. Weruva contains lots of water. Very "soupy" food. Something like Wellness is pretty much just a glob of dry moist meat. Merrick and Tiki Cat are kind of half way in between.

That's actually one reason why I like Weruva. I notice that even if the cats are being fussy and don't want to eat the entire portion that I give them, the generally will lap up the "soupy" part of it first.


Interesting. Basil originally was on Taste of the Wild hard food, and one can of fancy feast a day- From the Breeder. This is what I kept him on throughout his kitten years. As he got older I put him on Wellness and noticed his crystals were coming back frequently.
The vet had him on Science Diet medicated Food for a while then until the crystals subsided, and then after putting him back on his normal Wellness, the crystals would start back up within 3 weeks. So your statement about Wellness makes total sense.

Basil hated Science Diet so the vet now prescribes him Royal Feline. He liked Royal Feline originally, but now hates this too. And adding water just makes his dislike for it even worse. Poor Basil. :rolleyes: The vet advised that I can mix the Royal Canine with SMALL portions of food he does like if that would get him to eat the Royal Canine, but to make sure that I'm not adding so much that it is deriving from the purpose of the prescription food.
^^(For a while Basil wasn't eating much because he didn't like his food and had lost 3 or more pounds, so we were getting concerned).

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:59 am 
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I feed my girl wellness canned food, though she gets one that consists of chunks, slices or minced meat in gravy, which is very different from the blended formula in some of them. She has always been in perfect health with this food, to which i do add around 2-3 teaspoons to every meal. She is fed 3 wet meals a day and grazes on dry in between, though rarely touches the dry food.

Adding water to Basil's food definitely sounds like the way to go!


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:26 am 
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brianj12 wrote:

That's actually one reason why I like Weruva. I notice that even if the cats are being fussy and don't want to eat the entire portion that I give them, the generally will lap up the "soupy" part of it first.



PS. I HAVE never heard of Weruva until you have brought it up, and realized a couple places around where I live sell it. I think I'll try it out. Checked out their website, the food looks really nice and juicy. :lol:

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