The pet consists of 75% water in childhood and 60-70% in adulthood. And this is understandable, because water plays a crucial role in all key physiological processes in the body. Thus, water contributes to the proper metabolism, forming an environment for the transport of nutritional components and removing waste products from the body. In addition, it is responsible for regulating body temperature, lubricates the joints and mucous membranes.
Accordingly, the lack of water provokes the emergence of critical health problems. And in cats prone to kidney problems, one of the main predispositions is diseases of the urinary system. And a sufficient amount of drinking water is an effective prevention of these diseases.
At the same time, if a pet consumes an excessive amount of liquid, this may be a sign of diabetes or kidney disease. The owner who notices this behavior of the animal should contact the veterinarian.
But how much water should be considered the norm for a cat?
A pet should receive about 50 milliliters of water per kilogram of its weight per day. That is, an average cat weighing 4 kilograms is enough liquid in the equivalent of one glass. A representative of a large breed – for example, a Maine Coon male, reaching 8 kilos, will need a corresponding increase in the amount of water.
In general, a pet draws water from three sources. The first and main one is the drinking bowl itself. The second is feed, and dry diets contain up to 10% water, wet diets contain about 80%. The third source is liquid as a by-product of the metabolism that takes place inside the body.
It is important to note that the owner must ensure that the animal has constant access to clean and fresh water.
If the cat does not get enough of it, the main symptoms of dehydration will appear – dry and inelastic pet skin, heart palpitations, fever. The loss of more than 10% of water by the pet’s body can lead to sad consequences.
Abril 8 2019
Atualizado em: abril 15, 2019