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Are Your Cats Dehydrated?

Just like for humans, water is essential for cats to live a happy and healthy life. Cats depend on water intake to maintain good health and replace fluids that are routinely lost through urine, feces and respiration. According to WebMD, "Water makes up 80 percent of your cat’s body, and is necessary for all his/her biological processes, including circulation, digestion and waste removal" (Dehydration in Cats, WebMD). As you can see, water is very important for cats and humans alike, and it's important to know the signs of dehydration in your own fur-friend! Do you know these signs of dehydration in your cats?

Signs of Dehydration in Cats

Refusing to Drink From a Bowl of Water

If you own a cat, chances are you know how picky they can be sometimes. Some cats are stubborn and won't drink from a water bowl no matter how many times you tell him/her it's ok. Because of this, cats often get dehydrated as this is their only source of water.

If your cat doesn't like drinking from a water bowl, there are a few things you can try: 

  • Use a new water dish
  • Move the water dish to a new location 
  • Turn a water faucet on/off occasionally to let them drink water a new way
  • Use a water fountain (Amazon has many to choose from!)

These can all help promote proper hydration in cats and can help ease your worry, too!


While dogs pant to cool down, panting in cats is a quick sign that something could be wrong. While cats can pant for a number of reasons (such as high levels of physical activity and warm environments), it is not usual for cats to pant for long periods of time. If your cat is panting, make sure he/she has water nearby to help cool down and if the panting continues, we always recommend a call to the vet! 

Depression/Irregular Behaviors

Cats can be lazy animals, and sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between a cat nap and depression. Get to know your cat well; if he/she is acting extra lazy and/or showing signs of other irregular behaviors, dehydration could be the cause. Take note of odd behaviors and call a vet if things don't improve over time. 

Loss of Appetite

Dehydration in cats can also lead to loss of appetite, which makes a bad situation worse. If your cat doesn't seem to be eating like normal, make sure they have lots of cool water in multiple places around the house. Lack of food and water can leave a cat with very little energy and nutrients to live happy and healthy on. Always be aware of what your cat is eating and how much they eat on average.

Ways To Prevent Dehydration in Cats

Set Out Multiple Bowls of Fresh Water

As mentioned before, cats can be very picky when it comes to where they drink and eat from. Often times, cats don't like to drink from certain sized bowls or the placement of the bowls, so it's always a good idea to give your fur-friend multiple options!

At Pouncing Cats, we encourage all cat owners to do some observations to make sure their cat is happy and healthy at all times. To do this, take 2-3 different sized bowls of water and place them in different locations around the house. After that, simply watch and see over time which bowl and location your cat likes the most! This is an easy way to help your cat stay hydrated and happy.

Know What Your Cat Likes

At Pouncing Cats, we don't judge what our fur-friends like drinking their water from! Cats enjoy and often times will only drink water from wherever they like, and some of these include:

  • Small water bowls
  • Large water bowls
  • Clean water bowls
  • Water faucets
  • Water fountains
  • Toilets

As you can see, there are many different ways to keep your cat hydrated. If your cat refuses to drink from a large bowl of water, try making the switch to a small bowl or water fountain! If your cat only drinks from a toilet, make sure to keep the seat up and the bowl clean. All cats are different and are attracted to different sources of water, so know what your cat likes and adjust accordingly. 

Clean, Cool Water

When cats get thirsty, you can expect them to demand fresh, clean and cool water to drink. It's important to keep the water bowls in the house full and at a cool temperature for drinking at all times. There's nothing worse than warm, dirty water when you are thirsty! Doing this will help cats stay hydrated and happy all day and night!

Now you know how to keep your cat happy and healthy with proper hydration! We hope this helps you and your fur-friend, and we want to know what your cat likes to drink from most! Comment below where your cat drinks from and don't forget to share with other cat lovers!

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