A veterinarian will administer intravenous or subcutaneous fluids, and run
additional tests, if necessary, to determine the underlying cause of the
How Can I Prevent Dehydration?
Provide clean water for your cat at all times, and change it frequently to
ensure freshness. Also, don’t forget to wash your pet’s water bowl every day to
prevent bacteria from forming.
Observe your cat to determine his preference for obtaining water. Some cats
prefer certain bowls, while others like either tap or bottled water. Other cats
prefer water fountains that can be found at many pet stores. Try placing
multiple bowls of water around the house for easier access.
If your cat is recovering from a bout of diarrhea or vomiting, give him an
ice cube to lick initially and provide small amounts of water at regular
intervals to avoid overhydrating too quickly.
On the road with your cat? In general, travel is stressful for cats. Be
aware that although motion sickness can make some cats nauseated or vomit, they
should have regular access to water, especially after flying. You may want to
bring extra water along if you think access to water may be a problem.
Monitor your cat’s water intake. If you notice he is drinking more or less
than usual, make an appointment to have a check-up with your veterinarian.