Distilled water vs Spring water for cats

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Distilled water vs Spring water for cats

Post by rach.. » Wed, 29 Sep 1999 04:00:00



Tammy, would you take a look at this post?  It is a response to a poster
with a female cat with a UTI.  She's advising using distilled water
instead of regular water (I prefer spring water for the cats, and they
love it cold and actually come running!)  How do you feel about
distilled water replacing regular water?  Everything I've read about
this seemd to point to using it as a way to detox the body for a while
and that it leaches minerals and perhaps vitamins, too, from the body.
I had a big disagreement with her a few months ago on this and I don't
wish to repeat it.  It's just that I think distilled water alone is a
very bad idea.  I'd love to know what you think about this.

Thanks.

Rachelle.

Hi, Mimi:

CoCo should be fed a high-quality prescription cat food, one that is
specifically formulated to maintain urinary tract health.   Ask your vet
what he/she prescribes.  This diet change should be permanent.  Also,
distilled water for drinking water would be a good idea.  Talk to your
vet
also about feeding CoCo treats, if you like to do that.  She may not be
able to have them anymore.

Becky

Quote:

> Hello:

> I'm new to this news group and am in need of advise.

> My cat, CoCo (a rescue kitty, so I don't exactly know how old she is, I've
> had her now for 2 years and they told me at the time of adoption that she
> was about a year old), started acting strangely yesterday.  She would go to
> my bathroom and scrunch up a towel on the floor and sit on it while leaning
> her head against the shower glass door.  Than she would zoom around the
> room, than get on the bed and lean her head against the pillow, than zoom
> around the room again!  She just looked miserable and uncomfortable.  I
> found her also just looking into the litter box but she wouldn't go in.

> I called the vet and he was able to take her in immediately.  He kept her
> for half a day until she would finally void and sure enough, UTI!  She even
> had visible *** in her urine.  All x-rays and labs came back fine except
> for urinalysis.  She is currently on antibiotics but she's still not right.

> My question is this.  Is there certain kind of food that would be better for
> her?  I think part of her problem is that I stopped feeding her moist cat
> food and started her on dry cat food (I was thinking about her teeth).  I
> think I may have caused this and I'm feeling awful about it.  She has water
> available all the time how do I know that she's drinking enough?

> Also liter for the liter box....what kind should I use?  I've been using the
> Costco brand. Should I change to something else?

> I'm sorry that this is lengthy.  Thank you in advance for your kind advises.

> mimi

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Post by Debby Justu » Wed, 29 Sep 1999 04:00:00


HI Rachelle,

Um, that is what my understanding is as well...that distilled is devoid
of anything (that is is nutrient-less) and does pull stuff from the
body....have never seen any proof of this though...only things I have
read and heard (I will see if I can find anything on it and email the
links or ask my holistic vet and see what he says....I also use spring
water for that very reason.

Tammy

 
 
 

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Post by Valerie Bradle » Wed, 29 Sep 1999 04:00:00


Here's a question... what about water that's gone through a Brita filter?  I
am hesitant to give my cats tap water because of all the chemicals they add
to it.  Chloramine, fluoride, etc. etc. etc.

If Brita water is also not good, what do you recommend I use instead?

Thanks!

-Valerie

 
 
 

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Post by rach.. » Thu, 30 Sep 1999 04:00:00


I would think that tap water through a Brita filter would beat tap water
anytime.  Spring water, at about $1/gallon is actually pretty cheap when
you consider how long it would last the cats.  It may sound like
overkill to some, but it's a few cents a day and, at worst, it's no
better than tap water (although I'd really doubt that.)  

Quote:

> Here's a question... what about water that's gone through a Brita filter?  I
> am hesitant to give my cats tap water because of all the chemicals they add
> to it.  Chloramine, fluoride, etc. etc. etc.

> If Brita water is also not good, what do you recommend I use instead?

> Thanks!

> -Valerie

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Post by rrice.. » Thu, 30 Sep 1999 04:00:00




Quote:
>How do you feel about
>distilled water replacing regular water?  Everything I've read about
>this seemd to point to using it as a way to detox the body for a while
>and that it leaches minerals and perhaps vitamins, too, from the body.
>I had a big disagreement with her a few months ago on this and I don't
>wish to repeat it.  It's just that I think distilled water alone is a
>very bad idea.  I'd love to know what you think about this.

>Thanks.

>Rachelle.

Ok, time for basic chemistry!  Chemicals move from areas of high
concentrations to areas of low concentrations.  Now, distilled water
has less minerals/chemicals dissolved in it than non-distilled.
However, it does still have some.  When you drink it, it has to be
absorbed through the lining of the stomach and intestine.  And there
are normally other things in there, which helps to bring up the
chemical concentration.  So the worst thing that would happen, I would
think, is that it might pull the ions out of the cells in one area,
but they would probably be reaborbed in a different area.  The real
downside to distilled water, in my opinion, is that it tastes really
yucky.  It's the dissolved minerals that give water its flavor, and
without them it tastes very flat.

Rebecca

 
 
 

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Post by Signe » Thu, 30 Sep 1999 04:00:00


Oh, geez, I finally got my can Innova, considered by some to be
the best food there is, and now I need to start buying her
Perrier?? Thank GOD Kassie doesn't read the posts on this group.
(She's more into rec.pets.cats.toys and rec.pets.cats. mischief)
;-)

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Quote:
> Tammy, would you take a look at this post?  It is a response
to a poster
> with a female cat with a UTI.  She's advising using distilled
water
> instead of regular water (I prefer spring water for the cats,
and they
> love it cold and actually come running!)  How do you feel
about
> distilled water replacing regular water?  Everything I've read
about
> this seemd to point to using it as a way to detox the body for
a while
> and that it leaches minerals and perhaps vitamins, too, from
the body.
> I had a big disagreement with her a few months ago on this and
I don't
> wish to repeat it.  It's just that I think distilled water
alone is a
> very bad idea.  I'd love to know what you think about this.

> Thanks.

> Rachelle.

> Hi, Mimi:

> CoCo should be fed a high-quality prescription cat food, one
that is
> specifically formulated to maintain urinary tract health.
Ask your vet
> what he/she prescribes.  This diet change should be permanent.
Also,
> distilled water for drinking water would be a good idea.  Talk
to your
> vet
> also about feeding CoCo treats, if you like to do that.  She
may not be
> able to have them anymore.

> Becky


> > Hello:

> > I'm new to this news group and am in need of advise.

> > My cat, CoCo (a rescue kitty, so I don't exactly know how
old she is, I've
> > had her now for 2 years and they told me at the time of
adoption that she
> > was about a year old), started acting strangely yesterday.
She would go to
> > my bathroom and scrunch up a towel on the floor and sit on
it while leaning
> > her head against the shower glass door.  Than she would zoom
around the
> > room, than get on the bed and lean her head against the
pillow, than zoom
> > around the room again!  She just looked miserable and
uncomfortable.  I
> > found her also just looking into the litter box but she
wouldn't go in.

> > I called the vet and he was able to take her in immediately.
He kept her
> > for half a day until she would finally void and sure enough,
UTI!  She even
> > had visible *** in her urine.  All x-rays and labs came
back fine except
> > for urinalysis.  She is currently on antibiotics but she's
still not right.

> > My question is this.  Is there certain kind of food that
would be better for
> > her?  I think part of her problem is that I stopped feeding
her moist cat
> > food and started her on dry cat food (I was thinking about
her teeth).  I
> > think I may have caused this and I'm feeling awful about it.
She has water
> > available all the time how do I know that she's drinking
enough?

> > Also liter for the liter box....what kind should I use?
I've been using the
> > Costco brand. Should I change to something else?

> > I'm sorry that this is lengthy.  Thank you in advance for
your kind advises.

> > mimi

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Post by rrice.. » Thu, 30 Sep 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>Oh, geez, I finally got my can Innova, considered by some to be
>the best food there is, and now I need to start buying her
>Perrier?? Thank GOD Kassie doesn't read the posts on this group.
>(She's more into rec.pets.cats.toys and rec.pets.cats. mischief)
>;-)

Heh.. keep in mind that spring water (if it is actually spring water,
and not just a marketing ploy) merely means that the water came from a
spring.  It is NOT a guarentee that the water is healthy or chemical
free.  I mention this specifically because Perrier (I believe, might
have been one of the other big brands) had to recall a lot of their
water once because of benzene contamination.

Rebecca

 
 
 

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Post by rach.. » Thu, 30 Sep 1999 04:00:00


Actually, I thought that the benzene was used to clean some of the
production line equipment and, by an employee's mistake made it into the
product.

I definitely agree with you on the content of spring water, especially
when the term becomes a marketing ploy.  Both "Aquafina" from Pepsi, and
"Dazani" from CocaCola are filtered tap water but are marketed as
'designer waters' relying on image to obscure that fact (not everyone
really reads the labels.)  That's a rip-off.  Also, well water, always
considered so pristine, can actually be a problem *depending on where
the well is.*  

Quote:

> Heh.. keep in mind that spring water (if it is actually spring water,
> and not just a marketing ploy) merely means that the water came from a
> spring.  It is NOT a guarentee that the water is healthy or chemical
> free.  I mention this specifically because Perrier (I believe, might
> have been one of the other big brands) had to recall a lot of their
> water once because of benzene contamination.

> Rebecca

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Post by Larry Osborn » Fri, 01 Oct 1999 04:00:00


The benzene is in the well(s?) that Perrier gets it water from.  They have
been removing the benzene from the well water for ages and selling it.
Something went wrong with the removal process and you know the rest of the
story.

Larry Osborne


Quote:
> Actually, I thought that the benzene was used to clean some of the
> production line equipment and, by an employee's mistake made it into the
> product.

> I definitely agree with you on the content of spring water, especially
> when the term becomes a marketing ploy.  Both "Aquafina" from Pepsi, and
> "Dazani" from CocaCola are filtered tap water but are marketed as
> 'designer waters' relying on image to obscure that fact (not everyone
> really reads the labels.)  That's a rip-off.  Also, well water, always
> considered so pristine, can actually be a problem *depending on where
> the well is.*


> > Heh.. keep in mind that spring water (if it is actually spring water,
> > and not just a marketing ploy) merely means that the water came from a
> > spring.  It is NOT a guarentee that the water is healthy or chemical
> > free.  I mention this specifically because Perrier (I believe, might
> > have been one of the other big brands) had to recall a lot of their
> > water once because of benzene contamination.

> > Rebecca

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Post by leath.. » Sat, 02 Oct 1999 04:00:00


We drink well water, so our cats do too.  They have a filter in their water dish,
it's from the pet store.  It's for reptiles, but we leave it in the cat's water
dish.  It makes the water 'running', as well.  They like it.

Of course, now there's an X10 motion sensor involved, so when they come near it,
it starts pumping./filtering the water.  The pump used to be on all day, but at
night we turned it off, they would 'dig' in the dish.  Now, the pump comes on when
the motion detector senses them.

Silly, maybe, but they're happy!

Quote:

> Tammy, would you take a look at this post?  It is a response to a poster
> with a female cat with a UTI.  She's advising using distilled water
> instead of regular water (I prefer spring water for the cats, and they
> love it cold and actually come running!)  How do you feel about
> distilled water replacing regular water?  Everything I've read about
> this seemd to point to using it as a way to detox the body for a while
> and that it leaches minerals and perhaps vitamins, too, from the body.
> I had a big disagreement with her a few months ago on this and I don't
> wish to repeat it.  It's just that I think distilled water alone is a
> very bad idea.  I'd love to know what you think about this.

> Thanks.

> Rachelle.

> Hi, Mimi:

> CoCo should be fed a high-quality prescription cat food, one that is
> specifically formulated to maintain urinary tract health.   Ask your vet
> what he/she prescribes.  This diet change should be permanent.  Also,
> distilled water for drinking water would be a good idea.  Talk to your
> vet
> also about feeding CoCo treats, if you like to do that.  She may not be
> able to have them anymore.

> Becky


> > Hello:

> > I'm new to this news group and am in need of advise.

> > My cat, CoCo (a rescue kitty, so I don't exactly know how old she is, I've
> > had her now for 2 years and they told me at the time of adoption that she
> > was about a year old), started acting strangely yesterday.  She would go to
> > my bathroom and scrunch up a towel on the floor and sit on it while leaning
> > her head against the shower glass door.  Than she would zoom around the
> > room, than get on the bed and lean her head against the pillow, than zoom
> > around the room again!  She just looked miserable and uncomfortable.  I
> > found her also just looking into the litter box but she wouldn't go in.

> > I called the vet and he was able to take her in immediately.  He kept her
> > for half a day until she would finally void and sure enough, UTI!  She even
> > had visible *** in her urine.  All x-rays and labs came back fine except
> > for urinalysis.  She is currently on antibiotics but she's still not right.

> > My question is this.  Is there certain kind of food that would be better for
> > her?  I think part of her problem is that I stopped feeding her moist cat
> > food and started her on dry cat food (I was thinking about her teeth).  I
> > think I may have caused this and I'm feeling awful about it.  She has water
> > available all the time how do I know that she's drinking enough?

> > Also liter for the liter box....what kind should I use?  I've been using the
> > Costco brand. Should I change to something else?

> > I'm sorry that this is lengthy.  Thank you in advance for your kind advises.

> > mimi

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Post by Red Wol » Sat, 02 Oct 1999 04:00:00


I give my cat bottled water but a lot of times she prefers to just drink
simply from the faucet which I can't understand.
 
 
 

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Post by Signe » Sat, 02 Oct 1999 04:00:00


Depends on the bottled water, I guess. Distilled water has no
"taste" and to me, tastes bland and unpleasant. Likewise, a lot of
bottled waters have a lot of minerals in them, like sulfur, some
of which I don't like at all (my first time in Europe I kept
asking to have tap water; they just laughed at me and gave me the
nastier tasting mineral water). I haven't asked my cat about them,
though. (As of now, she seems content with faucet.)

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Quote:
> I give my cat bottled water but a lot of times she prefers to
just drink
> simply from the faucet which I can't understand.

 
 
 

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Post by Eilee » Sat, 02 Oct 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
> I give my cat bottled water but a lot of times she prefers to just drink
> simply from the faucet which I can't understand.

Red, besides the fact that running water is more
interesting, it is much fresher.  Let a glass of
water sit on the counter for 2 days before you
drink it.  Yeeeccchh.   That's one reason why
pet fountains are recommended for animals who need
to keep up their water intake - constantly aerating
and circulating the water keeps it fresher, better
tasting.

Eileen

 
 
 

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Post by donnamay » Sun, 03 Oct 1999 04:00:00


I give my cats bottled water too but a lot of times Burt prefers to drink
from the toilet.
Quote:

>I give my cat bottled water but a lot of times she prefers to just drink
>simply from the faucet which I can't understand.

 
 
 

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Post by rach.. » Mon, 04 Oct 1999 04:00:00


Honey was so fascinated by it that she nearly fell in... needless to
say, the lid is always down now!  

Quote:

> I give my cats bottled water too but a lot of times Burt prefers to drink
> from the toilet.

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