It is already known that water is of great significance to humans, and up to 60% of the human body is water. But how about pets? There’s no doubt that drinking water is incredibly important for a pet’s health, especially when the weather gets warmer. However, it can get difficult to encourage your pet to drink more water. So, here are some tips.
1. Ways to get your furry baby to drink more water
Flowing water attracts pets, including dogs and cats. In fact, water that is flowing high is more appealing to them as they see it as a source of entertainment, and they will want to drink out of it. Some pets like to drink from a water bottle, while others like to drink from a water bowl. There are also many types of water bowls and fountains. Therefore, pet owners need to find out the ones that their pets prefer.
Keep the water at a place that is easily accessible so that your pets can get to it whenever they want. Remember to replace the water at least once a day to keep the water fresh for your pets. Freshwater is good for your pet’s health and can also encourage your pets to drink more.
2. What type of water bowls to use?
Bowls come in different kinds: stainless steel, plastic, glass, or ceramic. However, stainless steel is the perfect choice for dogs and cats. The most important reason is that stainless steel is safer for pet’s health as plastic bowls may produce harmful chemicals. It’s also easy to clean and unbreakable and won’t get damaged if a pet knocks it off. Additionally, sanitize the water bowl regularly, even if it is made of stainless steel.
WOpet water fountain is made of stainless steel with spout jet/little flower mode. It also has a replaceable activated carbon-filter element to filter out the impurities effectively and keep the water fresh.
3. Symptoms of Dehydration
How to test if your cat or dog is dehydrated? Here are some ways to decode.
- Loose skin: Loss of elasticity in your dog or cat’s skin is the easiest way to spot symptoms of dehydration. Gently pinch the skin on their back or shoulder. If they are dehydrated, their skin will slide back slowly. However, cats’ and dogs’ skin is greatly affected by their level of fat and muscle at different ages. Generally, the elder cat and dog skin would be less elastic.
- Poor Appetite: If your cat or dog shows little interest in eating, it can be a signal that something is wrong. Take it to the veterinarian if you think your dog or cat might be dehydrated.
- Sticky gums: When your cat or dog is dehydrated, their gums lack moistness and will become sticky. At this time, their saliva becomes thick and pasty. Check if your cat or dog’s saliva is sticky; if yes, they might be dehydrated.
Keeping your cat or dog hydrated is crucial to their health. While walking them outside, take a bottle of water with you, especially when the weather gets hot. When at home, a stainless steel water fountain is a good option to provide clean and fresh water for your pets. If you think your furry babies might get dehydrated, take them to their doctor away!