Dehydration is caused by an imbalance in the amount of water and electrolytes (minerals such as potassium and sodium) in the body. Water is essential for healthy cat’s life, filling 80% of his body. To maintain an ideal balance needs to recover all the liquid you lose in your urine, stool or sweat.
A dehydrated cat is a serious health problem that can end in death. It is not something you should wait to see if it improves.
Water in your food: Dry food contains about 7% water so the cat eats it only needs to add a lot more water to your diet. Instead canned food contains about 75% water so the cat need not consume as much water as well as their food.
NOTE: A cat can survive without food, but like us can not live without water.
How you are dehydrated? Dehydration occurs when fluid levels drop below normal. This is because the cat is not drinking water, as if you feel sick or lose much liquid as when the cat suffering from vomiting, diarrhea or excessive heat and sweating more than usual.
It can happen to any cat, but there are at greater risk: In this category are especially senior cats, cats with kidney problems, cancer, hyperthyroidism or diabetes. A dehydrated baby kitten can die in one day.
Symptoms of a dehydrated cat
• Loss of appetite
• Low heart rate
• Lack of skin elasticity: This is the biggest test. Lift the skin between your shoulders or behind the neck and drop quickly. If the skin does not fit and stays with the shape of your hand, the cat is dehydrated. The skin must be hydrated enough to return it to its natural state without problems.
If your cat has any or several of these symptoms, it is time to take him to the vet.
Treatment: If the cat is severely dehydrated the give large amounts of water will not be returned health. You need nutrients lost with the liquid and only the vet can do fluids by vein.
Prevention: Every cat has their preference but to prevent your cat suffering from dehydration is the best recommendation
• Having him ALWAYS clean water. Please change daily (or several times a week depending on the cat) to make sure it is fresh. The search for fresh water will take the cat to places as strange as pen and sink Even the toilet!
• Clean the water dish with soap and water to prevent bacteria from growing.
• For the difficult cat: Since you do not like taking a plate with dirty water, you can get in the pet supply store different kinds of dishes of water. Some are even source type constant flowing fresh water for the cat divo feel like the king he is.
• Ice helps: If your cat is recovering from diarrhea or vomiting, give ice chips or small amounts of water will help to hydrate slowly and not cause stomach upset. If instead the cat does not want to drink, take a bucket of ice water on your plate trigger their curiosity enough to take it to the dish and drink. They are also effective in times of extreme heat so that the water stays fresh and at a comfortable temperature for the Pussycat.
• If your cat lives outside the home be sure to have you a safe area with fresh water always.