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July is Pet Dehydration Month: What Causes Feline Dehydration? — 18 Comments

  1. If you want to see just how dry, dry cat food is, put it in a blender and turn it into small granules or a powder, then start adding water to reconstitute it into a mud ball. More… more… MORE… no, not enough yet… more… where’s all the water going? You think you’ve added enough but it keeps soaking up the water; it doesn’t stay muddy; it keeps hardening up before your eyes. So you’ll see what goes on in your cat while it tries to digest that, and how much water it really takes, and it’s taking it away from your cat. THAT is what is dehydrating your cat, if you feed it dry food.

  2. Our cats have two bowls of water. One is an elevated bowl and the other is a fish bowl filled each morning with fresh water. They also enjoy drinking from the bathroom tub faucet. It keeps a steady drip so they can get fresh water at all times. We have thought of trying a drinking fountain but so far haven’t found one we like. The one pictured in the video looks promising.

  3. This photo shows how impatient they get waiting for the weekly run through the dishwasher. It’s just awful to wait TWO HOURS for running water! Nevermind that there are bowls placed throughout the house. 🙂 So, the line forms the minute that I put the fountain back where it belongs….

  4. What a wonderful article with some awesome information! I keep two water fountains running 24/7 for our kitties. (Well, except for the daily rinses/refills and the weekly run through the dishwasher) As you can see from this photo, they LOVE the fountains! 🙂

  5. Oh Dee that photo of that kitty looks horrible! The poor wee kitty. Love the article and very timely. Its a good reminder. I give our cats & one kitty, Filtered water most of the time. Though they do prefer water out of the bath,toilet, basin. etc. Jasmine was booked in today to get spayed. Shes doing OK very tired still. I had them check her teeth, which she was fine. I hope you saw my scrap page i made for you on Facebook. Happy birthday by the way. I think just like water is important for us, water is just as important for cats. I got some free Neutered Cats, Cat Biscuits from Royal Canin from the Vet, this months Promation. It will be interesting if this stuff says what it says. It says helps prevent formation of two main types of urinary crystals. Which im sure Cassy had. Anyway this sort of thing makes you more aware.

  6. Great article about a very important issue! My cat Sienna loves her Drinkwell fountain. Someone gave me one about 3 1/2 years ago and I have been using it ever since. At the time, I had three cats (two of my sweeties are no longer with me due to illness) and all three were a little freaked out by it at first but after a day or two they all became very comfortable with it. When the weather is hot like it is now Sienna loves when I throw in a couple of ice cubes in the bowl.

  7. I like the cat drinking from the bubbler in the top picture. Bubbler is what you call that in Milwaukee. The word is actually in the Oxford English Dictionary.

    I always chuckle thinking about how all the immigrant children from Mexico living in Milwaukee know only one English word for that thing: Bubbler. As my cousin found out when he joined the military, outside of Milwaukee you just can’t ask where the bubbler is.

    I am impressed with the cat’s ability to drink from the bubbler. I usually end up turning the handle too far and it bubbles up higher than I expected, going right up my nose or all over my clothes.

  8. I was impressed with my nephew when he was here recently to work some fireworks shows with us. While he was staying with us he asked if Monty had access to water while he was outside. I said no, since he doesn’t usually stay out very long. But Stevie insisted that it was hot outside and Monty’s a black cat, so he should have some water. I did put a bowl out for him them. It took awhile to think of where to put it, because I knew he wouldn’t drink from it if it was anywhere near where he poops, and he has several toilet areas back there. I’m not sure if Monty drank any water outside, but that was pretty nice that a young man (Stevie is 21) would think about the needs of an animal like that. I have been at friends’ houses who didn’t have a single clean full water dish out anywhere for their cats. I actually rinsed out and refilled the water dish and the cat did come and drink some water after that.
    I gave Monty the water that was in with the sardines we shared the other day. I usually drain it off, then I thought, “Why am I throwing this away? Monty will drink it right along with eating his share of the fish.”

  9. Essential article, Jo, thank you! We have water bowls at several locations around the house; they are cleaned and filled daily. There is also the DrinkWell fountain in the breakfast room, which attracts cats not only to drink, but also to play. They are fed wet food twice daily, as well.

  10. We were very worried about Walter a few weeks back when both our boyz had some sort of virus and weren’t interested in food, because he never drinks water. Jozef does enjoy his water so we weren’t as worried about him, but Walt usually loves his wet food so gets enough moisture from that. But when a cat who doesn’t drink goes off his food it’s serious. Thankfully our vet put him right before he became dehydrated and he was back to eating well again as was Jo too.

    • I’m so glad Walter and Jozef are feeling better! Monty enjoys hearing about their adventures. Actually, he just likes hearing me talk to him because he never knows when I might use a food word.

  11. A well know veterinarian and author. Elizabeth Hodgkins believes that dry cat food leaves cats who feed on it constantly in a state of mild dehydration because cats don’t compensate for the lack of water in the food by drinking more.

    If that is correct and I believe it is in general true it is a terrible indictment of the pet food manufacturers and their insensitive and uncaring ways.

    There are a number of pages about water on PoC. This is a general search result but I wondered if the sort and position of water bowl is important.

    Also adding water to food is good at getting water into cats.

  12. Dee! Thank you.

    What a pity about this adorable kittens. It’s heartbreaking after trying to save them. It is just so sad.

  13. Good article, Jo.

    Kittens, especially, are very vulnerable and dehydrate quickly. The photos I’m showing are the 2 baby kittens I found very sick and dehydrated. They both died from complications of their exposure to the raging heat here.
    The first is the grey little boy who succumbed after back-to-back-to-back seizures.

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