Hi guys. Wally here. July is Pet Hydration Month and once again we’re teaming up with the folks at PetSafe® Brand to help spread the word about the importance of water for your pets and proper pet hydration. Many pet parents don’t realize that keeping their pets properly hydrated is as important as feeding them wholesome foods.
Proper hydration can help cats and dogs with things like:
- Preventing urinary tract infections and urinary disease
- Promoting healthy kidney function
- Aiding with energy levels and regulating body temperatures
- Speeding recovery time from sickness or surgery
Did you know that cats and dogs need about one ounce of water per pound of body weight? That means that I…weighing around 14 pounds…need to drink about 14 ounces of water each day to stay properly hydrated. And ever since I got sick last fall and found out my ol’ kidneys aren’t working as good as they used to, the mom has become more aware of the amount of water that I drink. Staying hydrated helps flush my kidneys and keeps them working better.
Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration which can be pretty serious. Signs of dehydration include:
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Lack of energy
- Excessive and ongoing panting
- Loss of appetite
- Sunken, dry eyes
- Dry and sticky gums
- Loss of skin elasticity
If your pet exhibits these symptoms, you’ll want to make sure he or she is seen by a vet as soon as possible.
Many cats don’t drink enough water. So how do you make sure your cat is drinking enough? Well, one way is to feed them canned food which contains lots of moisture. I eat mostly canned food so I get a lot of my daily water intake that way. But another way of getting water is by actually drinking it, which most of us cats don’t do enough of. So making water attractive to us cats can help to entice us to drink more.
Many cats, me included, like the sight and sound of running water. A fountain is a great way to give your cat fresh, clean, running water to drink without having to leave the water faucet on all day.
PetSafe Brand offers some pretty cool pet fountains. One of those is the Drinkwell® 360 Multi-Pet Stainless fountain.
It holds 1 gallon of water which makes it great for cats and small or medium size dogs…or for multi-pet households. The carbon filter in it keeps the water fresh longer and free from bad tastes and odors. It comes with 5 different interchangeable spouts so you can decide if you want 1 stream or up to 5 streams of water. It was really easy to set up…even the mom figured it out…and it’s easy to clean, too. You can put it in the dishwasher if you want. Just don’t put the pump in there. It’s fairly quiet…the sound of the falling water is quite zen-like.
*SLURP* This water is SO refreshing! I’m getting my daily water intake. Is your cat drinking enough water?
If you want to learn more about the Drinkwell® 360 Multi-Pet Stainless or any of the other PetSafe Brand pet fountains, visit their website. You can also follow Petsafe Brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Now for the fun part. We’re giving away a pet fountain! That’s right! The PetSafe® Brand folks are generously allowing us to give away a Drinkwell® 360 Multi-Pet Stainless pet fountain to one of our readers. The giveaway is for those in the U.S. only. Just use the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win. You have through July 24, 2017 to enter. Void where prohibited. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours in which to claim the prize or else another winner will be chosen. Good luck!
Disclosure: We received the PetSafe® Brand Drinkwell® 360 Multi-Pet Stainless pet fountain for free when we agreed to help spread the word about Pet Hydration Month, but that did not influence our opinion at all. The Island Cats will always give a fair and honest review, and will only share information that we feel is relevant to our readers.