Sophie: It’s very important for us kitties to stay hydrated. According to PetSafe, July is Pet Hydration Month and they want to educate pet parents about the importance of proper hydration.
Dexter: Well, July is almost over.
Sophie: That’s okay. Pet hydration is important every month. We don’t want to get dehydrated, do we?
Dexter: What is dehydration anyway?
Sophie: Here’s what PetSafe says about it.
Sophie: I guess we kitties and doggies need to make sure we get enough water then. If not, some bad things can happen, like urinary tract infections and urinary disease.
Dexter: That doesn’t sound like fun.
Sophie: I know, right? And proper hydration is also important in helping us keep up our energy levels and regulating temperature.
Dexter: You don’t need any help with energy levels, Sophie.
Sophie: If we get sick, being properly hydrated will also help speed our recovery time.
Dexter: Let’s just not get sick.
Sophie: Good idea. But just in case, pet parents need to know what signs to look for regarding dehydration. Here are some things I threw together.
A note from PetSafe: “If a pet parent suspects that their pet might be dehydrated, they should take him or her to a veterinarian immediately where they can monitor the pet closely and administer IV fluids. To help pet parents learn more about how to administer a test to see if a pet is dehydrated, PetSafe brand has developed a how-to video.”
For more hydration info, please click this infographic from PetSafe to enlarge it. It shows how much water is needed for different pet body weights. Pets need approximately one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. While feeding wet food to your cat will help them with their daily water intake, it is important that they drink water as well.
PetSafe Current Pet Fountain
Having fresh water available for your pets is essential. The water dishes should be cleaned frequently and refilled every day. It is also a good idea to have several water stations around your house. Some cats prefer running water over standing water. And if you don’t want to have your faucet running nonstop (which of course no one recommends), then a pet drinking fountain may be just the thing for your cats!
PetSafe sent us a free Current Pet Fountain to try out. This model comes in two colors, orchid (which we chose) or forest, and they are available in small, medium or large (40 oz, 80 oz and 120 oz water capacity). The large one, which we received, is great for large dogs (our 22 lb Eddie believes he is one) or multi-pet households. PetSafe offers a wide variety of pet fountains to fit any household and decor.
So, do the Three Chatty Cats (and one old-timer dog) like the fountain? Eddie was the most eager to drink from it. Dexter is afraid of everything, but I know he will come around. He’s the type to dip his paw in and lap it up. Olive and Sophie use it just fine. The fountain is fairly quiet, but you can hear a faint hum from the pump. It’s pretty much white noise and wouldn’t bother most people.
While I don’t have a fountain to give away, I did receive a PetSafe “Drinkwell hy·drate Filtration System” in a swag bag from BlogPaws. The filter goes into your pet’s water dish and basically turns it into a fountain. You can learn more about the PetSafe filter here. PetSafe is not sponsoring this giveaway. I would simply like to pass along the product for someone to give it a try. Note that I have not used this filter and cannot speak to its effectiveness.
The giveaway closes on August 3, 2016 at noon Pacific. The winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter. Because I am paying for the shipping, I am allowing for U.S. and Canadian entries, except where prohibited by law. If you are an international entrant, you can choose a U.S. or Canadian friend or rescue/shelter to have the item sent to.
To enter the giveaway, CLICK HERE.
Disclosure: I was provided with a free Current Pet Fountain from PetSafe in exchange for helping spread the word about Pet Hydration Awareness Month. Three Chatty Cats only shares information we feel would be relevant to readers. PetSafe is not responsible for the content of this blog post. PetSafe did not sponsor this giveaway.
Do you have a pet fountain for your four-legged friends?