Distilled water and cats

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Riceps:
Can anyone tell me if distilled water is good or bad for cats? I just bought a Drinkwell fountain. We have very hard well water. We also have a water softener with one faucet that bypasses the softening process. Which water is better for my cat...the softened water, the unsoftened very hard well water, or distilled water? From my research, I THINK it's the distilled but you all are the experts. Thanks for any enlightenment.
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Iso:
Distilled water is known as "empty water". All good minerals, all bacteria and pathogens of all kinds do not exist in the distilled water that is a result of steamed distilled water. When your cat consumes distilled water, the water molecules will attach themselves to minerals and electrolytes in the body. When your cat urinates all of these good items go OUT of the body.

When your cat is in need of getting toxins out of its body, distilled water is a good drink because it aids de-toxing. The empty molecules attach themselves to toxins and help clean the filtering systems in the body right along with the Hemotox and Metaltox and in fact, accelerate the de-toxing process.
Try drinking one or two glasses of distilled water in place of aspirin for a headache. It really works because it thins the blood. You don't want to do this everyday, but it is good for a change and works.

If you prefer to use distilled water on a daily basis, then it is essential that you add back in to your pet's water diet, the minerals and electrolytes that are being flushed out. What we have for this situation is Concentrated Trace Minerals and our Feline Vita Pak.
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---MIKE---:
I also have well water that contains a lot of iron. If I used that in my drinkwell, it would be a dirty brown color by now so I use spring water. Incidentally, I take Fosamax once a week. I am supposed to drink at least 200ml of water with the pill. They don't recommend hard water or mineral water so I use distilled water to take the pill.
-MIKE
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Cheryl:
[nq:1]If you prefer to use distilled water on a daily basis, then it is essential that you add back in ... that are being flushed out. What we have for this situation is Concentrated Trace Minerals and our Feline Vita Pak.[/nq]
Interesting info. I've heard about trying distilled water, possibly for my IBD cat. What is Feline Vita Pak, and are you a sales rep or something for them? Thanks.
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Mike Romain:
I had two different friends that ended up in the hospital in severe trouble because they were vegetarians and thought distilled water was the best for them.
They both had mental disorders because of all the minerals and electrolytes the distilled water sucked out of their system. One was bad enough the police had to take her in because she was too violent for an ambulance.
Once they got re-hydrated and mineral/ electrolyte dosed via IV, they were fine with a hard lesson learned.
I tried to tell them, but coming from a meat eater, they didn't want to listen or believe me for a second..
Distilled water as the only water intake can kill humans. They even taught us that back in high school chemistry in the 70's.

I have a water cooler and the makers recommend one bottle of distilled water every six months to clean the mineral build up from the spring water out of the machine. They say the distilled bottle will pick up enough minerals from the machine so as to not harm the drinkers over the use of one bottle every six months.
Mike
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JLove98905:
I work in a lab at MIT and the management considered putting in a reverse osmosis distilled water system for employees to drink. This didn't go over very well among the scientific staff.This system removes all of the ions, minerals, etc, from the water and it ends up being a lot like super-distilled water. When this water is consumed and applied to the body's cells, the environment for the cells is said to be "hyptonic." This means that the ionic concentrations are lower outside the cell than inside (undertonic, if you will). In an effort to maintain equilibrium, water rushes into the cells and can cause them to explode. The ions and minerals in the water are therefore essential to the health of the drinker for daily consumption and cooking, etc.

I found the idea of using deionized water to detoxify or cure a hangover very interesting, though. I'll have to give that a try! I wouldn't make it a daily habit, though, as was mentioned before. Perhaps you could run your hard water through a Brita filter or something like that, to filter out some but not all of the ions?
-Jen
Half the people you know are below average. -Steven Wright
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Philip ®:
[nq:1]I also have well water that contains a lot of iron. If I used that in my drinkwell, it would ... the pill. They don't recommend hard water or mineral water so I use distilled water to take the pill. -MIKE[/nq]
My rheumatologist tried me on Fosamax to attempt offsetting bone loss due to short term high dose oral Prednisone. The Fosamax wreaked havok on my already weakened esophagus. Ultimately, I took the Prednisone with whole milk and luckily, my bone density only dipped a point over 5 months.

~~Philip "Never let school interfere with your education - Mark Twain"
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Iso:
I'm not a vet, nor do I play one on TV. I was privy to some test results a few years back when I was working on my PhD. Vita Pak is a powdered substance. You add 1/8 teaspoon per pint of water daily, or it can be added to the soft food daily. It's an all-natural product and is a combination of vitamins and macro-minerals like calcium, magnesium, etc. designed for primarily adult cats. Vita Paks have been formulated for cats of all breeds and sizes, are around $15, and will treat 50 gallons of water. This comes out to 40 cents per gallon of water. Results do vary... You may notice a difference at the liter box, if you know what I mean!
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-L.:
[nq:1]I had two different friends that ended up in the hospital in severe trouble because they were vegetarians and thought distilled water was the best for them.[/nq]
If one has a complete and balanced diet, distilled water is perfectly fine to drink.
-L.
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