Saturday, January 5, 2019

Tips to Increase Your Cat’s Water Consumption

Dehydration is a common problem in cats.  Cats maintain proper hydration either through moisture in their food or drinking enough water.  But many cats are water avoiders which can lead to dehydration.   Why is this a problem?  Water helps cats digest food and eliminate waste. When cats are dehydrated, they can develop urinary tract infections or urinary crystals and they can also become constipated.  Senior cats, especially, require proper hydration to help protect their kidney function. A dehydrated cat may appear lethargic with poor skin elasticity.  While the current temperature, activity level and type of food all have an effect on a cat’s hydration, a bout of vomiting or diarrhea can cause a cat or dog to become dehydrated quickly.
Tips to Increase Your Cat’s Water Consumption
·        Incorporate high moisture canned or raw food into your cat’s diet--avoid or limit dry food if at all possible
·        Use an automatic water fountain as many cats prefer running water
·        Keep fresh clean water available and change the water frequently
·        Try using different types of water bowls
·        Use a variety of water such as bottled or filtered to determine your cat’s preference since some cats can be very particular about the water they drink

Keeping your cat hydrated will help ensure your cat stays happy and healthy.  If you suspect your cat may be dehydrated, be sure to seek out the advice of your veterinarian.