Make Sure Kitty Stays Hydrated in Summer

Today’s domestic cats are descended from desert felines who evolved to get much of their hydration from food. Many, though, have instinctual suspicion of still water and run to any faucet they can get to.

Cats need to drink about 3.5 to 4.5 ounces of water daily per 5 pounds if they aren’t eating wet food, according to.com www.pets.webmd.com.

To tell if your cat may be dehydrated, gently pinch the skin around its shoulders into a fold. If it doesn’t quickly snap back, there could be a problem; a vet visit is warranted. Other symptoms include dry gums, lethargy and sunken eyes.

To help hydration:

  • Include wet food, if possible.
  • Experiment with different bowls, locations.
  • Wash, refill the bowl daily.
  • Invest in a fresh-water fountain.