July is National Pet Hydration Awareness Month
July 1 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm
July is National Pet Hydration Awareness Month, and it’s time to ask whether you and your cat are drinking enough water.
Pet Safe considered this so important that it set up a whole month be sure your pet does not get de-hydrated.
It should not be a surprise that getting cats to drink more water can be challenging. Cats are inherently desert hunters, and historically, they would have gotten most of their water from their prey such as mice or other rodents.
As more and more felines are inside-only cats, they are not getting their much-needed water from the prey. We humans need to make sure they stay hydrated to avoid dehydration and its potential detrimental side effects.
How do we know if our cats are drinking enough water? Typically, cats need between 3.5–4.5 ounces of water per 5 pounds of body weight per day.
How much water does your cat need?
If you have a 10-pound cat, they should consume between 7–9 ounces of water – about half an average bottle of water. Keep in mind, the keyword here is consuming, not drinking, as cats don’t need to get all their water just from drinking.
A can of wet food is about 70–80% water. So, if your cat is eating wet food, they might get between 3.85–4.4 ounces of water from a single can (an average 5.5 once can). That’s half their daily water right there. But they still need the other half to keep in optimal health.
There are lots of tips and tricks to getting cats to drink more water. They include:
- Using ceramic or stainless-steel water bowls, not plastic, that can retain bacteria and smells from detergent.
- Clean and refill the bowl every day.
- Adding some flavor like tuna juice (no onions or garlic flavorings though.
- Filling the water bowl to the same level.
- Making sure the depth and width of the water bowl fits your kitty.
- Try giving your cat bottled or filtered water. Some tap water is treated with fluoride, which might taste – or smell – unpleasant to your cat.
- The water in your cat’s bowl may taste different depending on the material it’s made from, or the source of the water itself. Just like many of us finicky humans might prefer to drink from plastic, ceramic, or glass, your cat may prefer ceramic or stainless steel.