If your cat is sick and having trouble drinking enough water or eating food you may need to entice their taste buds another way. A good way to do this is with tuna juice or tuna broth. Making sure your cat sticks to a regular diet with plenty of fluid is crucial to keep them healthy.
Here’s a quick and easy recipe you can use to make a tuna broth that may help kick start your cat’s appetite, and help them stay hydrated.
Recipe for Tuna Water/Broth
- The first thing you need to do is purchase a few cans of tuna depending on how much broth or juice you want to make. Do not use tuna packed in oil. Look for a simple albacore tuna that does not have extra flavor, and is packed in water. This is important.
- Mash up one can of tuna with water into a bowl. Add an additional 2-3 cups of water into the bowl and let the tuna soak in the water for about 30 minutes.
- I suggest using an ice cube tray to store the juice that you make for later use. Pour the juice into into ice cube trays and freeze. When you want to serve your cat, simply take a few cubes out and warm them up to room temperature.
- For the best results, trying giving them this broth right before attempting to feed them food.
Why Tuna Water?
Tuna has a high amount of sodium. Sodium is one of the most important electrolytes when it comes down to hydration in the body. Your cat is hydrated by the food and water that they drink together. Drinking only water alone is not enough to hydrate your cat efficiently.
Making a broth or juice out of tuna helps your cat stay hydrated by just drinking liquids since the tuna juice will include sodium. You can even try to encourage your cat to eat by putting some on their wet or dry food.
Is It Okay to Give My Cat Tuna Water?
It is a wide known fact that cat’s seem to be drawn to fish type odors. Nothing compares to cracking open a can of tuna, and having your cat run to your side meowing for a quick taste. Canned tuna is cheap, affordable, and convenient, but is it safe to give to your cat?
According to Dr. Kathryn Primm, before giving your cat any form of tuna or juice, you need to make sure you read the ingredients on the package. Make sure that the tuna you are going to give your cat is 100% real fish that is packed in water.
Avoid all the artificial flavors and tunas packed in oil. Artificial flavors of tuna have been known to contribute to hyperthyroidism in cats. Also stray away from tuna that has extra salt or artificial ingredients.
8 Ways to Encourage Your Cat to Eat and Drink More Water
Here’s 8 tips for getting your cat to increase his water or food intake.
- Wash and refill your cat’s bowl frequently. Keeping a full bowl of fresh water is way more enticing than old water that may have food or other debris inside of it. If you don’t think it looks appetizing to drink, then it probably isn’t very appealing to your cat either.
- If you feed your cat mostly dry food, try switching to a mostly canned food diet. This might be a little more expensive, but can work well if your cat really likes wet food.
- Try different food and water bowls. There are many different types of bowls on the market to choose from. Try rotating between different types of bowls like: metal, plastic, ceramic, and glass. You may notice that your cat will favor one over the others.
- Try moving your cat’s food and water bowls to different locations. Cats can be very picky about their surroundings and may not like to eat in certain spots.
- Make sure you keep your cat’s litter box and food are far away from each other. Your cat is most likely not going to eat or drink next to the odors of their litter box
- Try feeding your cat smaller and more frequent meals throughout the day. Eating and drinking go hand in hand which means they will also want to drink more.
- Add flavor to their water or food. This is where tuna juice can be useful. You can give them tuna juice instead of water, and you can even put tuna juice in the food.
- Try using a cat water fountain. Cats are drawn to water that is moving which makes a fountain an awesome accessory. Your cat may need some time to get used to this if it is their first time using one.
Tuna water is an excellent way to help your cat get in more liquids if they are refusing to eat and drink. The most important thing to consider when buying tuna is the content it is in. Make sure the tuna comes in natural water.
Avoid artificial flavoring and preservatives as well as tuna in oil. All of these are unhealthy for your cat.