Happy National Pet Hydration Month! Staying hydrated is just as important for your cat as it is for you. The hot summer months bring a need for more water, but dehydration can be a problem for cats at any time of year. PetSafe®, a leader in innovative products that help make a pet’s life better, is leading the charge to protect your
What is Dehydration in Cats?
When the fluid levels in a cat’s body drop below normal, the cat is dehydrated. A cat’s body is made up of about 80% water, so many medical conditions can result from dehydration. What parts of a cat’s body are commonly affected?
- Urinary Tract
- Digestive tract
- Circulatory system
- Body temperature regulation
How does a cat become dehydrated? Either by not drinking enough water or experiencing increased fluid loss (through hot weather, increased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, etc). Kitties with medical disorders such as kidney disorders, cancer, and hyperthyroidism are more susceptible to dehydration than healthy cats.
Signs Your Cat May Be Dehydrated
Dehydration, especially when severe or chronic, can be a serious medical problem. It can also be a symptom of other serious problems. Contact your veterinarian if you believe your cat is suffering from dehydration. Watch for:
- Vomiting/ Diarrhea
- Lack of energy
- Loss of appetite
- Sunken dry eyes
- Dry and sticky gums
- Loss of skin elasticity
How Much Water Should Your Cat Drink?
Cats need to drink about 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. It’s important that fluid intake increases as food intake increases. The more food a cat eats, the more waste that needs to be expelled from the body (which equals more fluid loss). If there is not enough water being taken in to cover the needs of waste removal, the cat may lose the ability to correctly regulate his/her body temperature.
Unlike humans and dogs, cats don’t get thirsty easily. A cat may lose 8% or more of his/her body’s moisture reserves before feeling the urge to take a drink. For this reason, wet cat food (70% + moisture) is highly recommended over dry cat food (7 – 10% moisture).
3 Benefits of Proper Hydration for Cats
Proper hydration will lead to better health for your cat. Better health for your cat means spending less money on veterinary care and a longer, happier life with your cat. Proper hydration can:
- Prevent urinary tract infections and disease.
Being properly hydrated allows the most efficient filtering of waste and toxins by the kidneys. It also dilutes and pushes those toxins throughout the rest of the urinary tract. Insufficient hydration can cause toxins to build up in the urinary tract causing infections and disease.
- Aid with energy levels and temperature regulation.
A cat’s body uses water to help convert fat into usable energy. It also cools the body as the cat exercises, allowing him/her to exercise more.
- Speed recovery time from sickness or injury.
When your cat is sick, his/her body will use water in the process of removing viruses, bacteria, and other illness-causing agents.
National Pet Hydration Month with PetSafe®
PetSafe wants to help you and your cats celebrate National Pet Hydration Month! They recognize that clean, flowing water is more likely to entice your cat to drink water and stay properly hydrated. To help, they have a variety of pet fountains for any budget and decor. These pet fountains are great for both cats, dogs, and multiple pet households.
- PetSafe Drinkwell® Sedona Pet Fountain
- PetSafe Current Pet Foutain
- PetSafe Drinkwell Avalon Pet Fountain
- PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum® Fountain
- PetSafe Drinkwell Everflow Indoor/Outdoor Pet Fountain
- PetSafe Drinkwell Outdoor Dog Fountain
For more information on National Pet Hydration Month and pet fountains from PetSafe, visit www.PetSafe.net/Fountain . Also, you can keep up on all of the latest and most innovative products by following PetSafe on Facebook and Twitter.
Review: The PetSafe Drinkwell Sedona Pet Fountain
PetSafe gave Manna and Dexter the opportunity to review the PetSafe Drinkwell Sedona Pet Fountain. I have never tried a pet fountain with my cats before, so it was a new adventure for all of us. Dexter had shown some interest in flowing water in the sink, so I was really excited to try this with him!
The PetSafe Drinkwell Sedona Pet Fountain was easy to assemble. The directions were very clear and helpful. It only took about 5 minutes for me to put it all together (with help from the cats at every move).
One reason I hadn’t tried a pet fountain with my cats is that I wasn’t sure where to place it. We live in a small 1-bedroom apartment. The only spot that really worked was in the living room. I was concerned about the noise. What if the fountain sounded like a roaring waterfall? Would I have to unplug it every time I wanted to watch tv? Would it drive me nuts while I was working on my computer? I am one of those people that must have complete silence to concentrate.
I was pleasantly surprised by this fountain. It says “whisper quiet” on the packaging and it means it. I can’t hear it when I am sitting right next to it! It is a perfect fit in my living room. I put a sturdy waterproof mat with a lip on it underneath the fountain to keep my carpet dry.
The design of the fountain is awesome. It’s a subtle, elegant look that would fit with any decor. The clear bowl is beautiful, hypnotizing, and makes it easy to tell where the water level is at. This fountain is large enough that I am not constantly having to refill it. It filters the water too!
Dexter loves this pet fountain! I see him drinking out of it all the time. He gets really excited about it when I put an ice cube or two in the fountain for him to chase around.
Manna is still warming up to the idea of drinking from a fountain, but I see her go over to it and sniff the water at least a few times a day. She may be drinking it while I’m not looking (she is sneaky like that).
Overall, I would highly recommend the PetSafe Drinkwell Sedona Pet Fountain to other cat owners. It is a very helpful tool in keeping your cats properly hydrated and it is perfect for any home.
PetSafe Current Pet Fountain Giveaway!
PetSafe would like to give your cat an opportunity to try out one of their pet fountains! One (1) lucky reader will win a PetSafe Current Pet Fountain. The winner will be allowed their choice of size and color!
This giveaway is open to residents of the US, at least 18 years of age. Entries can be received until Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be announced within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway on this page. The winner will be notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours of the email going out, a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!