Your Cat and the Importance of Hydration

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Why dehydration is harming your cat

Were you aware that your cat has a low thirst drive? That when it drinks water after eating a bowl of kibble it is already dangerously dehydrated? That despite drinking after eating, it never gets the amount of water its body requires? And that month by month, year by year, dehydration is driving your beloved pet towards chronic illness? No? Well read on to learn more about the importance of cat hydration!

Your cat is by design a desert dwelling animal. It is genetically programmed to need less water than human beings or dogs. In a natural habitat where few have access to a steady supply of safe, fresh, clean drinking water, cats have evolved to get virtually all their moisture from their prey.

The average bird or small mammal that in the wild would be food for a cat is some 70% to 75% moisture. Most cats in the wild have neither access to nor need for, water. It all comes packaged with its food. So imagine the digestive stress placed upon a cat who is forced to eat dry dog food day in, day out. Something that has in the region of 10% moisture contained within it. It is complete anathema to your cat!

And something else comes into play here. The fact that most water a cat would have access to in the desert is unlikely to be drinkable, and the fact that for that reason, a cat in the wild rarely drinks in the same place it eats. That’s one of the reasons why, in a domestic situation, it’s better to have your cat’s food and water in separate places. It’s far more natural for your cat!

Cats are not hard-wired to drink

Why? Because your cat has a low thirst drive. That means it is not hard-wired to automatically seek out water when it’s thirsty. By the time the average dry-fed domestic cat realises it’s thirsty, it’s already too late. It’s already chronically dehydrated. That means that its organs are not receiving the water they require to operate at optimum level. This creates stress on its entire body, especially its kidneys. And of course you won’t realise this until it’s too late. By the time your cat’s kidneys do finally show signs of distress, they’ll already have lost 75% of their function.

So how can you avoid this? How can you ensure your cat’s body receives all the water it requires to function as it was designed? How do you avoid those expensive vet bills that seem almost synonymous with cat ownership today? How do you avoid sending your beloved pet to an early grave and yourself through the expense and trauma of having a sick pet?

How to avoid your cat becoming dehydrated

Easy. Proper cat hydration comes down to one thing. Feeding it proper species-appropriate food. Feeding it fresh healthy homemade food. Proper food, the kind of food it was designed to eat. The kind of food it ate for thousands of years prior to the relatively recent introduction of unhealthy commercial cat food.

Few of us would wish our domestic cat to be the primal hunter it once was. Most of us find it extremely distressing when our beloved kitty catches wild prey today. But we can still ensure it has healthy food by feeding it either raw or lightly cooked homemade food.

If you’re looking for recipes for your cat’s homemade food, please follow this link. And please don’t forget about the importance of cat hydration. Your cat will thank you for it!

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

The Cat Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified animal nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade cat food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most animal health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing our domestic pets. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.

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