Pet Hydration – all the cool cats are talking about it! #pethydrationmonth


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Giveaway

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.

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Photo shoot blooper fun. Sophie wouldn’t join us because she was lizard hunting. You can see her in the background watching and waiting. (The lizard got outside just fine. That’s what the broom next to her was for.)

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.


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28 thoughts on “Pet Hydration – all the cool cats are talking about it! #pethydrationmonth

  1. Been there, done that. Years ago I had to go to the vet cos I was dehydrated. I only get liquids through wet foods so the peeps tent me regularly. It’s annoying.

  2. OMC Ya’ll are soooooooo cute. We luv together fotos. Great posty. As fur dat filter, dat’s really innerestin’ we might need dat fur rAena. She’s ‘fraid of me’s flower fountain, and will only drink outta an old fashioned stagnant bowl. We’s headin’ over to enter now. Have a great weekend.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

      1. Me luvs to cuddle, but Raena can’t stop goin’ long enuff fur cuddles right now. But mommy says she will someday, and since we’s so close in colorin’ she’ll be able to get decent fotos of us.

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Raena

  3. Coolio! We don’t have a fountain – Mom always thought I’d be afraid of the noise most of them make……but yesterday I had my 4 month thyroid checkup and while my T4 was within range (YAY) I did have one kidney value out of whack – Doc said I was dehydrated……so we’ll work on hydrating me better for sure!

    Hugs, Sammy

      1. I really do drink plenty of water but I’m just at that age where my kidneys don’t function like they used to! We’ll be keeping an eye on that but for now – we’re happy about my T4 being normal……woo hoo!

  4. We have several fountains here and most of us love them, although a few of my sisters prefer an old fashion water bowl. That was a great post gang, and fun too!

  5. Oh, love the color of the fountain. We are very aware of hydration after Tommie died of CRF. We have a fountain, several water bowls and almost no kibble anymore.
    Great reminder, kitties!
    xxoo
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser, and Rufus the Red

  6. What a great post, Rachel. It’s so important to help our feline pals stay hydrated. We have a ceramic fountain here, which Gracie and Zoe both enjoy. Especially Zoe, who also loves drinking from the faucet. We have, of course, let her know that this is not very conservation-minded. ;)

  7. We tried a fountain a few years ago, but several of us were afraid of the sound it made. Now, we just have bowls of water everywhere which are assistant often trips over.

  8. We love our fountains. Besides the fountains we have numerous water bowls all over the house and on the catio. Though Mom knows how impawtant hydration is, especially with Fiona, she learned some things today and thanks you for this post. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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