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Are Certain Cats Prone to Dehydration?

Cats most at risk for dehydration are those who suffer from various illnesses such as kidney disorders, cancer and hyperthyroidism. Elderly and nursing cats may be prone to dehydration, as well as diabetic cats whose condition is not regularly monitored.

How Is Dehydration Treated?

A veterinarian will administer intravenous or subcutaneous fluids, and run additional tests, if necessary, to determine the underlying cause of the condition.

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.

WebMD Veterinary Reference from the ASPCA

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