- Sep 7, 2018
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Yes to all of that. I already have duplicates of the fountain she never uses so that I could easily swap in a clean one and clean the dirty on my own time. I have duplicates of her litterboxes for the same reason. And I have a mess (some quantity less than a full case) of those jars already. Sometimes I’m a little slow (or sleep-deprived and too deep in the trenches) to copy and paste a strategy that already works well for me. I will pick up a case of spring water for her as well so that doesn’t hold me back either. I don’t mind topping her off with the tap filtered through Brita. But when I change out the whole jar, I’d like to give her something fresh from a bottle. So spoiled and so wasteful considering she never drinks more than the top inch or two. But if it keeps my Queen happy and healthy...So, what do you think about this, since as tarasgirl06 mentioned, once a week washing is on the low side of frequency for a relatively small container that gets food bits and cat drool in it...
What if you pick up another couple same-sized Mason jars for her so that you can switch them out more frequently. If you aren't already, wash them with the original dawn dishwashing liquid (fragrance free if you can find it, that's used by oil spill rescuers to wash oil off of animals), or maybe Seventh Generation dish soap. In any case, whichever washing soap/method you use, rinse her dishes/jars really well before using them for her.
Krista eats around 8 oz of wet a day. No dry. The canned is 78% moisture. Let’s assume the raw is comparable for simplicity’s sake. She’s taking in 6 oz of moisture a day. That would explain why I never see her drink. She’s never had to. Until the steroids. She’s still concentrating her urine just fine. Four or so larger balls of urine than before steroids but nothing too large or too frequent there. Thankfully!Yeah, water receptacles do get messy. I have four at all times -- one very large bowl, two smaller bowls and the filtered one. The filtered one gets disassembled and washed weekly; the other three, as needed. The one in Baby Su's room needs daily washing as it does collect Greenie dust and stuff like that. All three of my cats drink water, so I must be doing something right. And they have 3 meals daily of high-quality wet food, plus free-choice high-quality dry, and daily treats.
Sounds like Krista is doing well today!
"Experts" say cats "go" on average of 5x a day. Older cats probably "go" more. And "experts" say that cats' need for water isn't high, since, as desert animals, they historically derived most of their moisture from their prey. Our providing them extra water is probably fairly unnecessary, therefore, especially with a high-quality diet of wet and raw. But I always err on the side of plenty, especially since I see each of my cats drinking from the water bowls, daily, and they seem to enjoy it. As with humans, it sure can't hurt, right?Krista eats around 8 oz of wet a day. No dry. The canned is 78% moisture. Let’s assume the raw is comparable for simplicity’s sake. She’s taking in 6 oz of moisture a day. That would explain why I never see her drink. She’s never had to. Until the steroids. She’s still concentrating her urine just fine. Four or so larger balls of urine than before steroids but nothing too large or too frequent there. Thankfully!
*ABSOLUTELY!!!*I’m not sure which I enjoy less: the drive to the city, driving in the city, parking in the city, or the drive home. We have some challenging roads and drivers to put it mildly.
But I picked up 24 more cans of the 5.5 oz. Probably 24 of the last 30 cans in the state. I left six behind for someone else.
I hope my Canada order is filled too. Even with the markup, I’d rather have too much food than not enough.
*I like the way you think!* No need to add unnecessary stress, I agree!After last night’s “something of everything” poop, I’m sure we were both relieved to go back to mostly poop in pudding this morning. The color and odor were acceptable.
I decided not to weigh her this morning. I figure there’s only one way that number is going until the poops are solid again. I don’t want to put either of us through that stress until then.