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July is Pet Hydration Month! While all animals need 24/7 access to clean water, hydration is a particularly crucial topic at this time of year, when high temperatures make dehydration and overheating a serious threat. This is especially important for cats, as they can’t easily cool off if they get too hot. In this article, a Tipp City, OH vet discusses keeping Fluffy hydrated.
First and foremost, make sure your furball always has fresh water. Clean and refill your kitty’s bowls every day, to keep harmful bacteria and dirt from building up. If possible, fill your pet’s bowls at the same time every day. This will help you keep an eye on your feline pal’s water intake, which will make it easier to spot changes that could indicate medical issues. For extra purrs, drop an ice cube into Fluffy’s bowl on hot days.
Wet and dry cat foods both have their own benefits and drawbacks. One good thing about wet food is that it does have a higher moisture content than kibble does. Ask your vet for specific advice on Fluffy’s diet, including portion sizes and suitable snacks.
Many cats prefer to drink running water. No one is really sure why, but it could possibly be because, in the wild, standing water is more likely to be bad. If your furry buddy likes drinking from a faucet, she may enjoy a kitty fountain.
Did you know that sodium-free broth is a healthy treat for your feline friend? Give Fluffy a small bowl of chilled fish, beef, or chicken broth on hot days.
Despite popular misconceptions, dairy products really aren’t good for kitties. In fact, many of our feline buddies are lactose-intolerant! Although some cats can tolerate small amounts of milk, it’s really not a great treat for them. Get Fluffy some cat milk, which you can find in many pet stores.
Keep hydration in mind when choosing snacks for your furry pal. Try to choose treats that offer high moisture content. A can of plain tuna or chicken in water is a good bet. You can also find store-bought treats that, like canned food, are wet.
Is your cat due for an exam, vaccines, or parasite control? Feel free to contact us, your local Tipp City, OH vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!