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Summer is heating up!

The weather is getting hot in places all over the northern hemisphere. Cats can get heat stroke as easily as humans can. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to catch the signs of heat stroke in cats before the damage is done. Prevention is a must! One thing that helps to keep a cat’s body cool is drinking plenty of fresh, cool water.

Even when the weather is cool, hydration is very important. Our bodies and the bodies of our cats are made of about 75% water. Without enough water being available, the organs of the body may not be able to do their jobs. One example of this is the urinary tract system. Here the kidneys, bladder, and other components work constantly to filter toxins and waste products out of the body. A cat’s body needs enough water to push these substances through the filters in the kidneys, into the bladder and out of the body. Without enough water, these toxins and waste products may not be filtered out or may build up in the organs of the urinary tract and cause problems.

Cats can be stubborn about drinking water. Here are 2 big tips for helping your cat to drink more water:

  1. Switch to a wet food diet.
    Cats don’t have a thirst drive like humans do. They were created to take in their water with the food that they eat. It makes sense since a cat’s typical prey (a mouse, a bird, etc) would be about 75% water. Dry food is only about 10% moisture on average.
  2. Place several water bowls around your home.
    Cats can be really picky about the placement of their water. They can also be a little lazy about walking across the home to get to a water bowl. Having lots of choices can help to encourage your kitty to stop and take a drink while he/she passes by.

To get more tips for encouraging your cat to drink more water, please read my post 6 Ways to Get Cats to Drink Water.

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