Riley’s new dark-coloured drinking bowl

Riley urinates at the downstairs bathroom drain hole, so I’m able to note the colour of her urine and even syringe it up to collect it.

I’ve been a bit concerned that her urine colour is a tad too yellow. So I collect some two days ago to show the vet.

The vet said it looked a healthy colour, actually and shared the colour chart below.


But if I were worried she is a little bit dehydrated, I could try ways to make her drink more water.

Now, how to make a cat drink more water? We know some cats prefer water fountains or running water. Indy loves to drink directly from the running tap.

The vet suggested I could try a dark-coloured drinking bowl as cats may be more attracted to darker colours. Strangely, our Super Seniors love their white-coloured drinking bowl. It is their favourite bowl.

Anyway, it doesn’t hurt to try, so I bought a dark brown bowl from Daiso today.

I still placed the usual white bowl there, but yes, Riley went for the new bowl! I couldn’t find a navy blue or dark green bowl, though. Brown isn’t exactly a good colour for cats as it involves the red cone vision cell which they do not have. They probably see reds as greys, I think?

From the internet:

Cats’ two color-detecting cones let them see blue-violet and yellow-green wavelengths of light, but not red-orange. So, similar to dogs, cats mainly see things in shades of yellow, gray, and blue tinges, but some researchers think that cats may also notice some shades of green.

In summary, cats can see color, but not in the same way as humans, or even dogs. Most experts believe their vision is limited to shades of blue-violet and yellow-green, and that they’re unable to see hues of red, orange, and brown. What cats lack in color vision, however, they gain in night vision and motion detection.