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Distilled water ? -- Hunter, anyone?

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Radar

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Purred: Wed Oct 3, '07 5:38pm PST 
Leaf had posted re: his urinary crystals and not drinking enough water and I and another kitty posted back suggesting trying distilled or bottled water and maybe he didn't like the taste of whatever water he was getting to address the water intake issue. Another kitty posted that drinking distilled water was a big NONO for kitties and humans. What gives? Anyone know? The poster said "Do NOT give your cat distilled water to drink. Distilled water contains no minerals and will cause your cat to spill huge amounts of calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals into his urine. "
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Maxim

Mommy's little- angel
 
 
Purred: Thu Oct 4, '07 7:43am PST 
Hi!
I give still water to my cat from day 1. He now has 5 years and a half and he has never had kidney problems. So, you can ask a vet if you want to be 100% sure but still water is pure and has lots of vitamins. Hope i helped you a bit. Kisseskittyhug
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Leaf

Must kick and- shred!
 
 
Purred: Thu Oct 4, '07 10:09am PST 
Yeah I am still wondering about that . . . . . ????? thinking
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Radar

Don\'t you know- who I am?!
 
 
Purred: Thu Oct 4, '07 6:36pm PST 
Hey Leaf wave
How're ya doin'? I'm baffled by the distilled water thing but mommy's gonna ask the vet when she talks to them next week. If we get an answer we'll keep you posted.
RooRoo

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Cleo (The- Queen)

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Purred: Thu Oct 4, '07 7:09pm PST 
Distilled water is horrible for people-it causes heart problems due to weak vessels. I wouldn't give it to any pet unless a vet oked it.
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Charlita- Thunderpaws

I can run louder- than you!
 
 
Purred: Thu Oct 4, '07 7:19pm PST 
Hi Radar! distilled water has all of the minerals taken out of it. Bottled spring water is better. (Zephyr hills is good, taste and price)I don't know if they ship it up north or not though,
I won't even drink the water out of the tap where I live.......
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Mysty (The- Princess)

Lay still! I'm- grooming you!
 
 
Purred: Thu Oct 4, '07 7:21pm PST 
Have you tried a water fountain? Mommy bought us one, and we use it ALL the time, and LOVE it!!!!!
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Phoebe

I'm Fusky! (I'm- furry and I'm- husky!)
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 5, '07 7:39am PST 
Mommy has heard the same thing about distilled water and even some bottled waters. We need the minerals. I just get regular tap water, but I have my own Princess House mug.
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Felix

Handsome Devil
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 5, '07 10:00am PST 
I suffer from urinary issues, and have had more than one vet tell us to use distilled water. I have to go back to my internal specialist vet next week, so mom will ask her and see what we can find out.

My appointment is Tuesday, so mom will post when we get home. Keep your paws crossed for me. I hate the ride out there even if the vet lady is really nice.

Felix
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Mingus

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Purred: Fri Oct 5, '07 11:03am PST 
I just have a few comments: I always take anything said on a forum with a grain of salt, and TWO grains of salt if it was posted anonymously (as was "Do NOT give your cat distilled water to drink. Distilled water contains no minerals and will cause your cat to spill huge amounts of calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals into his urine").

MY VET, whom I trust, has recommended distilled, tap, filtered or bottled water for cats with crystals or UTI's- the important thing is that they're getting enough water.
And I don't understand what they mean about the minerals being "spilled".

Also: "Still water" is NOT FULL OF VITAMINS. "Still water" just means not running or non-carbonated. The only water that has "lots of vitamins" is commercial "vitamin water", which is a vitamin supplement FOR PEOPLE, and probably not safe for cats.
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