Cats are often lackadaisical about water consumption, but even if they don't feel the need to drink it, their bodies certainly do. If a cat doesn't get enough H20 in her system, her body loses important nutrients like potassium and sodium -- a potentially dangerous situation for the little one.
Dehydration happens when a cat loses too many fluids. The medical condition is just as harmful in cats as it is in people. The loss of important minerals in the body can lead to severe consequences. Because of the dangerous possibilities, cats need to always have fresh and clean water readily available to drink. If your cat is often lazy about drinking water, feed her wet food regularly, as it too can be a source of vital hydration. Moisture is a crucial part of the feline diet, no matter what your precious pet may seem to think!
If your kitty is dehydrated, it might not be apparent to you, as the fluid loss process can sometimes be a slow and gradual one. Always monitor your cat's water bowl, however, to make sure she is drinking regularly. Look out for telling symptoms of dehydration such as throwing up, diarrhea, appetite loss, exhaustion, dry gums, overly elastic skin, rapid heart rate and constipation. If you observe any of these signs at all, seek emergency veterinary help for your cat. Time is of the essence when it comes to treating dehydration.
Cats who don't drink enough water may also display some behavior changes. Dehydration can cause a cat to have low energy. If your usually sprightly and lively feline is all of a sudden behaving in a mopey and unenthusiastic manner, dehydration could be at fault. Always pay close attention to your sweet pet's behavioral patterns, as they tend to be indicative of any underlying health issues.
High Risk Cats
Some cats are more susceptible to dehydration than others. Although abundant water consumption is crucial for all cats, be especially careful if your pet has preexisting health conditions including cancer or thyroid and kidney issues. Senior cats are also especially vulnerable to dehydration.
When it is particularly hot or humid outside, felines are especially prone to dehydration from not drinking sufficient water. Not only is it important to ensure that your pet has cool and clean water available at all times, but make sure that she can always easily retreat to a cool place, such as a room with a fan or large open windows. When cats overheat, dehydration becomes a very real possibility.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.