Cats are not good about drinking water. Which as a cat owner makes it very hard to keep them hydrated. In order to come up with the best solution for hydration, you must start with the requirements and understand what dehydration looks like in your cat.
Cats Water Intake Requirements
Cats need between 3 to 4 ounces of water for every 5 pounds of body weight per day. They need to consume this either through drinking water or from their food. Cats get far less moisture from their food these days since so many are fed dry cat food. Dry food only contains 6 to 10% moisture. Which is a fraction of what they need. Canned cat food contains between 75 to 80% water. So, they can get half of their daily intake this way.
Dehydration can be caused by overheating, not drinking enough water or a number of health issues, diabetes, kidney disease, or hyperthyroidism.
Signs Your Cat is Dehydrated
It is hard to know exactly how much water your cat has gotten throughout the day. Which is why knowing the signs of a dehydrated cat is so important.
Solutions to the Hydration of Your Cat
All cats have their own likes and dislikes and personalities. These are some ways to increase the likelihood that your cat will stay hydrated.
If your cat is severely dehydrated, then it is in their best interest to take them to the vet so they can help you treat your cat faster. As well as check to be sure that there is no serious underlying condition.