Hi pet parents. Wally here. Y’know, we’ve talked before about the importance of us cats (and dogs too!) drinking enough water…and we’re gonna talk about it some more because many pet parents don’t realize that keeping us properly hydrated is as important as feeding us 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 form sickness or surgery
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 and dry eyes, dry and sticky gums, and loss of skin elasticity.
And in the summer, with soaring temperatures, us cats and dogs can easily get dehydrated. If you find your pet exhibiting these symptoms, you’ll want to make sure he or she is seen by a vet as soon as possible.
So how can you get your cat or dog to drink more water?
One way is to feed them wet food rather than dry. Most canned cat foods are around 70-80% moisture whereas most dry foods are only around 10%. Us Island Cats eat mostly wet food so we get a lot of our daily water intake that way. You can even add a little water to the canned food to increase the moisture.
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.
Us cats don’t like drinking dirty water or water out of dirty bowls. So you gotta keep those bowls clean and change the water frequently to ensure freshness. You may even wanna use filtered or bottle water since tap water contains yucky minerals or too much chlorine.
Many cats, me included, like the sight and sound of running water. But for some reason, humans don’t like to leave the faucet on. A pet drinking fountain is the next best thing to a running faucet. There are some pretty nice fountains available now.
Like the PetSafe Drinkwell® 360 Multi-Pet Stainless fountain which you can buy from Chewy.com. That’s right. Chewy sells more than just pet food.
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 very zen-like.
Hey, how’s that water, Ernie?
Very refreshing, Wally!
You’re right, Ernie!
A drinking fountain can really help to get your pet to drink more water. We give the PetSafe Drinkwell® 360 Multi-Pet Stainless fountain BIG paws up! So if you’re looking to buy a fountain for your pet, you should definitely consider this one. Right now, Chewy.com is selling this fountain for just $55.20 which is an excellent price. And remember, all orders over $49 ship for free.
Disclosure: As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received the PetSafe Drinkwell® 360 Multi-Pet Stainless fountain as compensation in exchange for our fair and honest review. Chewy.com is not responsible for the contents of this post. The Island Cats will only share products and information that we feel are of interest to our readers.