Cats are finicky about drinking water, and it may often seem like they don’t drink enough. Further, cats are typically inactive creatures, so how much water should a cat drink? Read on to discover the important role water plays in maintaining your cat’s health, signs of dehydration in cats and how to get a cat to drink water.
Cats can obtain a certain amount of water from the food they eat and by producing it within the body. However, cats obtain the most water through drinking. If your cat is not sufficiently hydrated it can result in serious health issues.
The role water plays in health and well-being is wide and varied and includes:
Although kittens drink their mother’s milk until she weans them as early as four weeks old, they still need to drink water. After being weaned off of milk, most kittens lose the ability to digest milk sugar efficiently, so their primary source of hydration is water.
If your cat neglects her water bowl, she may become dehydrated. Signs of dehydration in cats include dry mouth, lethargy or depression, panting, loss of appetite and/or decrease in skin elasticity.
If you notice any of the above signs, call your veterinarian. They can give your cat fluids, rule out any potential illnesses and offer guidance on preventing dehydration in the future.
Getting your cat to drink more water can be tricky. You may have to experiment until you find something she likes. Below is a list of suggestions on how to get a cat to drink water. Start with one or more of the suggestion and see how your cat reacts.
Besides providing needed protein and other vital nutrients, wet cat food helps promote proper hydration by allowing your cat to take in fluids from the food. Here’s why:
Not only do cats drink water, but it’s vital for their survival. Keeping your cat hydrated will help keep her happy and healthy.