Health & Diet
She may be 100% sass, but physically she’s 80% water or SHOULD BE!
Cats do not drink as much water as dogs and it is more difficult to tell if they are thirsty so it is very important to understand water in their diet. They should be getting about 260mL of water a day on average (a little over a cup) and their food can help!
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If your cat needs additional water in their diet try our canned food selection and dehydrated foods. Read more…
How do I know if my cat is dehydrated?
- The skin elasticity test
- hold the skin between your cat’s shoulder blades and pull the skin away from the body (nicely!) and let go. If the skin snaps back fairly quickly, your cat is getting a good amount of moisture
- Sunken eyes
- Eyes that appear to be receding back into kitty’s head can be a sign of dehydration
- The moistness of gums
- If you press your finger to your kitty’s gum line, it should feel moist
- Cold paws
- If your cat’s paws feel cool or cold relative to the her bodily temperature
Why does an animal that spends nearly half of its life cleaning itself seem to hate water so much? There are many reasons why this is the case.
- Their evolution didn’t involve much water – cats have always thrived in a dry and arid environment therefore they never learned to swim
- Water weighs them down – their coats soak up that moisture causing their body temperature to lower
- All the smells! – a cats nose is very sensitive, it contains 200 million olfactory receptors
- Baths insult their independence – If a cat is interested in water, let it be on their own terms.
There are some breeds of cats that enjoy water
- Turkish Van
- Turkish Angora
- Maine Coon
- American Bobtail
- Japanese Bobtail
- Norwegian Forest