Signs Of Dehydration In Cats

Signs Of Dehydration In Cats

Do you drink enough water every day? Yes, you are. Do your cats drink enough water? Ummm, you’re not sure, so either does your little felines.

We all care about cats’ hydration for a reason. Cats are particular about the water quality and are not into drinking water in their blood.

So we add water to their food and try to replace the water often. However, even with careful hydration steps, cats can still become dehydrated due to various factors.

Keep reading to know more about why and what cats’ dehydration happens, and how can we prevent it.


Why causes dehydration

Most dehydration is caused by your cat not having enough water, but other factors can affect the condition.

  • Man

Pet owners do not provide enough fresh water, and do not pay much attention to cats’ drinking amount, frequency, and the changes before and after drinking water.

  • Environmental
  • High temperature

Note: July is the hottest month, also, the National Pet Hydration Awareness Month, be sure to drink enough water to beat the July heat.

  • Health condition
  • Illness

Cats may be inconvenient to drink water or lack of desire to drink due to the illness, and some diseases may increase the loss of water.

  • Aging
  • Activity level

You may adjust the amount of water accordingly.

What are the main signs of dehydration in cats

  • Panting

Unlike dogs, panting is usually not a normal sign in cats. When cats breathe hard with their mouths open, they may be considered dehydrated.

  • Sunken eyes

Your cats’ eyes may look sunken back when they don’t have enough water in their bodies.

  • Dry mouth and thick saliva

These signs are quite understandable. Lack of water can turn their moist mouth really dry and their saliva appears thick. If you notice any of these, your cats may not keep hydrated.

  • Lethargy

Cats usually are calm and less active. But when your cat seems to be down and won’t be up for anything, especially during the summer days. Activity level changing is a sign to warn.

  • Increased heart rate

The average heart rate for a feline is roughly 140-220 bpm (beats per minute, this will vary based on level of activity, age and fitness). Your kittens’ heart rate may increase when they lack water.

  • Loss of skin elasticity

You pinch a bit of skin at the back of their neck to 3-5CM, if their skin stays peaked or slowly returns to normal, that may suggest your cats are dehydrated and need to drink enough water immediately.

How can I prevent dehydration in my cats

A few steps you can do to prevent your cats’ dehydration, including:

  • Choose hydrating food
  • Provide enough fresh water
  • Provide multiple clean water sources around the home
  • Clean the water tank regularly
  • Use a pet water fountain to entice them to drink

If your cat seems hesitant to drink or appears to be hydrated, visit your vet as soon as possible. Dehydration in cats can cause severe health issues, and we have to take it seriously.


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