Appetite and Hydration

Appetite is often the first sign of health in your cat. When your cat is getting the balanced nutrition she needs for each life stage, it will show in her eating, behavioral and physical habits every day.
Cat eating


Start with a baseline of your cat's daily preference for feeding. Check in and see how your cat eats over the next few days: Is your cat normally a quick eater? A grazer? By establishing your cat's normal eating behaviors and patterns, you will be better able to notice when any small changes occur that could be indicators of your cat's inner health.

Signs of Healthy Appetite

  • Comes to food bowl when placed out
  • Eager to eat
  • Consistent appetite
  • Eats recommended feeding amount

Signs of a Potential Problem

  • Not eating
  • Ravenous, gorging or overeating
  • Picky or selective eating


Cats evolved naturally to get most of their hydration from prey. While it's important to always have a dish of fresh water available to your cat — or the running water most cats prefer — it can also be beneficial to provide your cat with wet foods that are high in moisture to help support your cat's hydration.

Signs of Healthy Hydration

  • Drinking regularly from a dish, fountain or other water source
  • Tendency to drink after play or eating
  • Elastic supple skin
  • Healthy coat

Signs of a Potential Problem

  • Obsessive drinking or not drinking at all
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Skin that feels rigid or inflexible
  • Change in litter box usage, such as less urination or going outside the box

Tips for Healthy Hydration

Did you know that feeding wet cat food can be an important part of your daily routine to promote your cat's lifelong whole body health? In fact, veterinarians recommend wet food as a healthy way to care for your cat. Purina ONE cat nutritionists have done the research to ensure that our line of wet foods provides a purposeful balance of what cats need for lifelong whole body health, including protein-rich nutrition and moisture to help promote healthy hydration.

  • Made with real beef, fish or poultry
  • Contributes to your cat's daily requirements for hydration
  • High in protein
  • Super Premium Nutrition: just one can contributes to your cat's daily requirements for hydration
  • Crafted in Purina-owned facilities in the USA
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What does a healthy appetite look like for you cat?


Determine your cat's norm for play, social interactions, rest and more.


Follow these simple guidelines to evaluate your cat's body condition