Feline Hydration 101: The Ultimate Guide to How Much Water Your Cat Needs
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It is important for cats to stay hydrated to maintain their health and well-being. Cats can get dehydrated for a variety of reasons, including not drinking enough water, diarrhea, vomiting, and urinary tract issues. Dehydration can lead to serious health problems, such as kidney damage and urinary tract blockages, so it is important to ensure that your cat has access to clean water at all times.
One way to encourage your cat to drink more water is to feed them wet food, which contains a higher moisture content than dry food. You can also try adding a small amount of water to their dry food or placing a water fountain in a convenient location to make it easier for them to access. It is also a good idea to monitor your cat's water intake and check for any changes in their behavior or appetite that may indicate a problem. If you are concerned about your cat's hydration levels, it is always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian.
💦 For every 5 lbs, your cat needs about 3.5 oz of water per day!
- If your cat thrives on a wet food diet, they’re getting most of their essential water intake, but we do recommend to leave a fresh bowl of water or fountain out just in case.
- If your furriend thrives on dry food, the measurement of water intake above applies as every 5 lbs = 3.5 oz of water.
Be sure to keep fresh, clean water out daily! Our cat bowls are washed after every feeding to be sure there’s no pesky bacteria left behind.
Most humans wouldn’t eat from a day old or week old dirty dish, so why should your pet?
SIGNS YOUR CAT COULD BENEFIT FROM A FOUNTAIN
Fountains could be an essential purchase if your cat:
- drinks from your glasses
- is drawn to running sink water
- doesn't drink from a bowl
- is drawn to the bath tub (yes this is a thing)
- pants or holds their mouth open for long periods of time (if this is a regular thing, see your vet, it could mean a medical issue)
*Remember, cats in the wild are drawn to fresh, running water, so that also applies to your house kitty.
WHAT TYPE OF BOWL SHOULD YOUR CAT HAVE?
There are several factors to consider when choosing a food bowl for your cat. One important factor is the size of the bowl. It should be large enough to hold the appropriate portion size for your cat, but not so large that the food gets spread out and is difficult for your cat to eat. The height of the bowl can also be important, as some cats may have difficulty reaching their food if the bowl is too low or too high.
Material is another important factor to consider. Some people prefer stainless steel bowls because they are easy to clean and do not retain odors. However, some cats may prefer ceramic or glass bowls because they are more comfortable to eat from. It is a good idea to observe your cat's preferences and choose a bowl that they are most likely to use.
Another factor to consider is the shape of the bowl. Some bowls are designed with a narrow rim to prevent food from spilling, while others have a wider rim to make it easier for your cat to eat. It is also a good idea to choose a bowl that is stable and does not tip over easily, as this can be frustrating for your cat and may lead them to refuse to eat.
In summary, the best food bowl for your cat will depend on their size, eating habits, and personal preferences. It is a good idea to try out a few different options and see which one your cat seems to prefer.
🛒 FOUNTAIN RECOMMENDATIONS
Plastic Water Fountain (if you choose plastic, clean and change water every day to avoid bacteria build up)
🛒 BOWL RECOMMENDATIONS
🐾 Cheers to happy, hydrated kitties!