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The Importance of Keeping Your Pet Hydrated

Just like us, our pets need to be adequately hydrated in order to keep bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Pets will require different quantities of water depending on their size and what sort of food they eat. For example, a cat fed purely on a dry kibble diet will need to drink more than a cat fed with moist pouch foods, because wet food contains a lot of water within the food. In general, your pet should drink around 60 ml per kg of body weight per day. It would be considered excessive if your pet was drinking more than 100 ml/kg/day as an average. If this is the case you should consider taking your pet to have a check up with your vet, to make sure there is no other underlying condition that could be the cause of this increase in the daily water intake.

If your pet doesn’t seem to be drinking as much as they should, it may be due to fussiness over their water. You should have plenty of fresh water available at all times (replaced at least daily) – but some owners find that their cat only seems to like drinking from the floor of the shower, or their dog only likes to drink from the toilet! In this case, it is best to keep the bathroom door shut, but you can also try an alternative water source to make it more interesting for the animal to drink. For example water fountains can be very popular for cats and dogs that like to drink from a running water source. Cats that like drinking from the floor of the shower might be doing it for the interesting, salty taste, in which case offering your cat water with some salmon or other fish oil (unsalted) can entice them to drink more.

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s hydration levels, please see your vet for advice.

How much water should my dog drink?

This will depend on a number of factors including: the size, age, activity levels of your dog and crucially during summer, how hot the weather is. On average your dog will need to drink between 30-60ml per kg of body weight. This may change depending on the type of food you feed your pet, for example, feeding your pet a diet of wet food may reduce the amount of water they require. Water fountains are a fantastic way to keep your pet hydrated. You can shop for our great range of water fountains for dogs here.

How much water should my cat drink?

Many of us cat owners have concerns that our cats simply don’t drink enough water. Cats can be very fussy when it comes to drinking and as owners, we may not always see them sitting down to have a drink. As is the situation with dogs, how much water your cat requires will depend on age, weight, weather temperature and how active your cat is. You should take these things in to account but as a very rough guide, 60ml per kilo a day is a good starting point. Just like us, cats love fresh, clean water so in an ideal world it is best to change your cat’s water twice a day. To view our range of cat drinking fountains click here.

Will feeding my pet wet food help to keep my pet hydrated?

You may well have noticed that getting your pet to drink enough water can be a daily challenge. This is where wet food can play a great role; the high water content makes it an option for pets requiring added assistance in maintaining hydration. Wet foods are also a good option when it comes to feeding older pets as they are easier to consume. You can shop out top selling wet food here.

How do I keep my pet hydrated in summer time?

Most of the country has been experiencing some very hot weather recently, which means you will need to ensure your pets are safe from the dangers this brings. While being outside is great fun and an excellent source of exercise, heat exhaustion can be a real danger and, as you will know, a pet’s coat is not always ideal for this time of year. You wouldn’t go out wrapped up in summer now would you? Ensuring your pet has constant access to clean, fresh water is the most important thing you can do, so taking water out with you is the next step. We have some great travel bottles and bowls to help your pet access water when you're out and about. Click here to view the range.