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Adding water to food....

Vanessa BobackVanessa Boback TampaMember Posts: 3,149
edited 16 September, 2008 in Food & Nutrition
I have always heard it was good to add water to canned food because cats don\'t drink enough water. But at the same time I heard that drinking water before or after eating whether it be humans, dogs, cats, etc dilutes the stomach acids, they can\'t digest and absorb the food and can causes problems. It also has a link with dogs and bloat and can cause bacterial growth. So what gives? Canned food has a lot of water in it anyways, wouldn\'t that water dilute the stomach acids?? Does anyone see what I mean? Even raw meat has loads of water in it and that\'s one of the best ways to go. So, what\'s your opinion?


  • Nicole ZiembaNicole Ziemba Member Posts: 295
    edited 15 September, 2008
    I put water in my kitties wet food...after my cats eat they drink water any way so same difference I think. With Callie if I do not put water in it, it seems like she doesn't eat as much. I do it to make her eat more.
  • Tara WTara W St. PaulMember Posts: 939
    edited 15 September, 2008
    Digestive acid is really very, very strong. I think it would take an awful lot of water to have any diluting effect. I can understand where it may cause bloating in kibble fed animals. If you put kibble in water it expands and that could happen in the stomach as well. Yet another reason kibble is yuck.
  • Vanessa BobackVanessa Boback TampaMember Posts: 3,149
    edited 16 September, 2008
    Thanks guys. I also noticed that pets drink after eating and I also read that you shouldn't give them water 1 hour before or 1 hour after eating. I have started doing this with my dogs because they are kibble fed (EVO and TOTW) and are large breeds prone to bloat. But the cats are mainly canned food fed so I guess it wouldn't effect them the same way. Who really knows. :?
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