Feline dehydration could become a serious and life threatening condition if not caught and treated in time. One of the more common ways to check for dehydration in cats ,would be the skin elasticity test. This is where you will pick up the skin on the cat to see how well it springs back. A slow response to the test can be a good indicator of mild to moderate dehydration. Cats love warm weather and heat. If you turn a heater on during the wintertime a cat will curl up very close to the heater for warmth, This explains why cats can very easily become dehydrated quickly and could lead to chronic dehydration if left untreated. Very important if you suspect your feline friend might be dehydrated, taking the animal to vet is always a wise choice. This way a blood test can be preformed and certain chronic feline diseases can be ruled out.
Cause of dehydration in cats
Medical conditions such as diabetes ,renal problems, panaleukopenia,distemper or excess urination can be the cause of chronic dehydration in cats.
Lack of water being available
What are the Symptoms
Skin lacks elasticity
Loss of appetite
Great way to help prevent dehydration in cat. Always have plenty of fresh water available always. Feeding your cat can food a few times a week will help Because, canned cat food has great quantity of water added to the contents to create moisture. Regular visits to the vet can help with the prevention of chronic dehydration in cats. Looking out for symptoms of diarrhea , when changing the cat litter.
What are the treatments Available for feline dehydration
1.You can give pedialyte, the same electrolyte solution give to children. Pick up a small syringe for the mouth, from your local pet store, this will help administer the pedialyte. Never give a cat too much water at once. A cat suffering from chronic dehydration, doing so could cause the cat to vomit. Worsening the dehydration symptoms. Instead giving small amount at time will help in the replenishing of water in your feline cat.
2.First you need to find out what is causing the chronic dehydration in your cat , by taking the cat to a veterinary office for a diagnosis. Once you know the cause for dehydration. Then dehydration in the cat
can be treated properly.