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Is Your Cat Drinking Enough Water?

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by Alexander Thompson
Jul 11, 2022
5 minute read
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • How Do You Know if Your Cat Is Drinking Enough Water?
  • What Is the Ideal Amount of Water Your Cat Should Drink Daily?
  • How Do You Make Your Cat Drink More Water?
  • PAWAii Cat Water Fountain
  • In Conclusion
A cat that is not drinking sufficient water is at risk of dehydration. The trouble is even greater in present conditions, thanks to the warm summer weather. The best way to get your cat to drink enough water is to keep their water fresh and cool.

How Do You Know if Your Cat Is Drinking Enough Water?

A cat that does not get enough water may develop kidney problems, especially cats aged 11 and older. That said, spotting a dehydrated cat is not black and white. You must know the signs of dehydration and watch out for them in your feline friend.

Breathing with the Mouth Open

When your cat breathes heavily with its mouth open, it signifies that it needs water. Panting is not common in cats – you should pay attention if it starts happening suddenly. It may indicate anxiousness, stress, or overheating, which is a pointer to dehydration. Panting could also mean your cat has done too much work while hunting for a mouse. The fix is simple – get your cat a bowl of water, and if it drinks up hurriedly, then dehydration is the culprit.

Reduced Appetite

If a cat’s appetite reduces or becomes non-existent, it may point to dehydration. Cats protest their inability to get sufficient water by losing interest in food. If you feed your cat dry foods, you must ensure they get sufficient water to go with them. If your cat is not eating for over 24 hours, you should report to your vet immediately. Keeping track of your cat’s daily water intake is also important. Dehydration may present subtle signs, and early discovery helps tackle the situation head-on.

Lack of Energy

A cat with reduced energy will be inactive, uninterested, and mostly sleepy. If your cat hides more than before and fails to respond to your touch as they do, lethargy may have set in. These behavioral changes may not be unconnected to the fact that your cat has not been drinking sufficient water. Strange movements or loss of balance in graceful creatures like cats are not always coincidental. Often, it points to dehydration.

Skin Elasticity

Your cat’s skin needs enough fluid to stay smooth and elastic. If unsure of your cat’s hydration levels, perform a skin ‘tent’ on them by pinching the skin between their shoulder blades. The skin either snaps back to normal after a moment or maintains the same tent-like position, taking minutes to return to normal. In the case of the former, your cat is not dehydrated. However, the latter may mean your cat suffers from severe dehydration. That said, it is essential to note that this is not a completely accurate test.

Eyes and Gums

You can detect dehydration in cats by observing their gums and eyes. For instance, if you gently push a hydrated cat’s lip with your finger, pressing against the gum line, you will feel some wetness. This is not the same for a dehydrated cat – their gums are usually sticky and dry. If your cat has thick saliva in the mouth, it may be suffering from dehydration. Similarly, cats with dull or sunken eyes most likely suffer from dehydration. Some older cats have natural sunken eyes, so you should consider other symptoms when assessing your cat’s hydration levels from their eyes.
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What Is the Ideal Amount of Water Your Cat Should Drink Daily?

The general rule of thumb is that a cat should drink about 50 mL of water per kg of body weight every day. If you have a 4-5kg cat, it needs 200-250 mL of water daily. The water may be in the form of “free water” from liquids and food, or as “oxidation water,” a product of metabolism. So, when a cat burns 1 g of fat, protein, or starch, it yields less than 1.1 g, 0.4 g, and 0.6 g, respectively. Cats can also get moisture from their natural foods, including prey like birds and small mammals. These food sources contain up to 70% moisture. So, if a cat ingests 200-250 g of food, 70% of the fluid requirement has been accounted for by food intake, excluding the additional “metabolic water” that will be produced. Cats’ wet foods comprise 80% of water, with an average requirement of 250-300 g. These foods help meet their fluid needs fully. A scientific study confirms that cats could meet their fluid requirements by eating only meat or fresh fish.

How Do You Make Your Cat Drink More Water?

You can get your cats to drink more water using the tips below:

Try a New Water Bowl Location

As simple as it may seem, taking your cat’s water bowl to a new spot can encourage them to drink more water. A switch from a busy or noisy area or next to their food bowl to somewhere quieter with fewer chances of contamination is recommended. Getting a new bowl type can also help achieve similar results, considering some cats love various shapes and materials bowls.

Introduce a Water Fountain

Moving water appeals to most clients. So, take a break from the sink water option and try something exciting like a pet water fountain.

Introduce Other Sources of Hydration

Adding wet food to your cat’s diet is an excellent way to improve their daily hydration. Certain cat formulas contain up to 75% water content. However, if you have cats who love dry foods more, you don’t have to make a complete change. Rather, combine their dry foods with wet food toppers to help them take in more water without missing their favorite dry foods.
Helping your cats stay adequately hydrated is a big deal. But it is easier and simpler when you know how to do it. The tips provided above will help you get the desired results. However, if your cat still drinks too little or too much water after applying these tips, please consult your vet immediately.

PAWAii Cat Water Fountain

Cat Fountain with UV Sterilization

The inbuilt UV sterilization technique in this water fountain achieves up to 98.79% sterilization, ensuring purity in every drop.

Multi-stage, In-depth Filtration

This automatic water fountain system is equipped with a four-stage fine filtration setup that ensures adequate soft water circulation. It also reduces hair regularly and consistently, keeping the water clean always. You should replace the filter element every four weeks to ensure maximum filtration and fresh water.

Smart Lighting Indicator

You have four smart lighting modes in this pet water fountain. Each mode indicates the current operating status of the fountain. Therefore, you know when the water filter is due for a change or when the water level is too low. If the water level gets too low, the dispenser stops running until you add sufficient water.
PAWAii Cat Fountain with UV Sterilization

Noiseless Performance

The built-in spring hole combined with the silent water pump makes up an overall quiet water flow system. Therefore, this pet fountain makes no noise while working. You can now enjoy your sleep with zero distractions.

Large 68 oz Capacity

The capacity of this water fountain is 68 oz. It conveniently provides enough water for your cat to last five to nine days. So, when next you plan a trip, fill the fountain, and rest assured your pet will never run out of water while you are away.

Wireless Cat Water Fountain

This pet water dispenser relies on a stable and durable wireless pump design to ensure zero leakages and 100% protection from electric shocks. It is very easy to use.

Safe, Water-Electricity Separation

The user-friendly design of this pet fountain separates the main body of the water storage tank from the power supply. Therefore, the tank has more space, and no metal points are exposed. You can quickly and safely clean the whole dispenser.

Excellent Purification and Triple Filtration

This pet water dispenser relies on a three-dimensional activated carbon filter to trap impurities like residual chlorine, organic matter, and cat hair. It also absorbs odors providing clean, safe, and great-tasting water for your pet’s consumption.

Low 30 Decibels Silent Operation

This dispenser operates silently, with a 30-decibel operating noise. It will neither disturb you nor your pet with noise while working.

Modern and Durable Design

You can never go wrong with this water fountain's innovative MINI-type, candy-colored design. Depending on the water angle most suitable for your cat, you can choose between its high and low dual-grade water levels.
PAWAii Wireless Cat Water Fountain

In Conclusion

Dehydration is a severe problem in cats. If you discover your cat is not drinking sufficient water (below 50ml per kg of body weight daily), you should apply the steps in this article. Measures like changing water bowl locations, buying new water bowls, introducing water fountains, or tweaking your cat’s foods can all turn the situation around significantly.
If nothing changes after all of these, report to your veterinarian immediately. Check to learn more about How To Choose the Best Cat Water Fountain?
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