Your cat needs fresh drinking water every day and as a cat owner it's your responsibility to ensure they always have fresh water.
Key facts about your cat's water needs:
Even if your cat usually drinks out of a pond or another outdoor source, you should always provide fresh water in case their usual source becomes inaccessible.
Cow's milk is difficult for many cats to digest. Around a third of cats can't tolerate cow's milk, which can cause sickness and diarrhoea.
Special milk for cats is available but this is very high in calories, so should only be given as an occasional treat - never instead of water.
Cats with certain health conditions, particularly those affecting the urinary tract (eg cystitis or kidney disease) may benefit from being encouraged to drink more. Ask your vet for advice.
Here are a few simple tips to help your cat drink more water: