It doesn't take a vet to detect if a cat is dehydrated. While it is true that dehydration symptoms in cats tend to be subtle, especially at the beginning of a dehydration condition, the methods to detect them are easy to apply. Consequently, it is enough to have some patience to put them all into practice and have a more accurate assessment of whether or not the cat is dehydrated.
In any case, it is not something identifiable with the naked eye, unless the problem has escalated to the point of becoming a very serious case, where the general health of the feline is strongly compromised. Therefore, applying all the methods to detect dehydration in cats should be done periodically.
DEHYDRATED CAT SYMPTOMS
Very few owners wonder about the hydration levels of their felines because they mistakenly consider that cats will always be fine, given their ability to be self-sufficient and independent.
Ideally, keep up with the possible symptoms of cat dehydration from time to time and encourage them to drink more water, especially during the hottest months. In this sense, it is good to learn to recognize the main symptoms of this condition, so that action is taken as soon as possible.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CAT IS DEHYDRATED ?
A severe dehydration picture can be fatal for cats, but luckily detecting the lack of water at an early stage is possible through the following symptoms and recommendations:
HIGH LEBEL OF CTR OR DRY GUMS
The CTR refers to how quickly the blood vessels refill with blood in a certain area that has been deprived of its normal flow.
The method to detect this symptom consists of pressing with a finger the gum of the cat for a few seconds until you notice that it turns white. If it takes a long time for the area to recolor after releasing the pressure, it could be a sign of dehydration.
Additionally, it is important to recognize that it is enough to see that the gum is very dry to suspect that the feline is suffering from dehydration in the most extreme cases.
HIGHER HEART RATE AND TEMPERATURE
If your cat's heart rate is faster than normal, even at a time when he is completely calm, it should also be taken as a possible sign of dehydration.
In turn, this symptom leads to the appearance of another that you can check by touching the animal's legs, and if they are much colder than usual or more than the rest of the body, it is time to be alert to avoid the problem and keep climbing.
LOSS OF ELASTICITY IN THE SKIN
A symptom that is not as reliable in the case of elderly cats can be detected by testing the skin's elasticity. To do this, it is enough to pinch a section of the loin slightly, and if the skin takes a long time to recover and return to its original shape, dehydration may be damaging its elasticity.
It is sufficient to identify whether the skin is very dry in more advanced cases.
LACK OF LUBRICATION AND SHINE IN THE EYES
Those bright eyes that characterize cats are good to know that they are well hydrated and healthy. For this reason, the lack of said shine and ocular lubrication can often be a symptom that a dehydration picture is in process.
LOSS OF APPETITE AND RECURRENT WHEEZING
Finally, there are the less desired symptoms, since their manifestation indicates very advanced dehydration, which has weakened the internal systems of the cat, thus affecting its appetite and general mood.
As for panting, it must be clear that it is something quite common in healthy dogs, but never in cats, so this symptom implies urgent attention by the veterinarian.
HOW TO PREVENT DEHYDRATION ?
Discomfort for your cat and unpleasant moments for you can be avoided by learning to prevent cat dehydration. To do this, a series of tips and tricks must be taken into account to keep a cat well hydrated:
⦁ Supplement your diet with wet feed.
⦁ Install a cat water fountain, since the movement is more attractive to them.
⦁ In line with the above, running the tap for a few seconds can also be a good idea to get you to drink more water.
⦁ Put drinking fountains at various points in the house so that you have easy access to water wherever you are.
⦁ Change the water in the drinking fountains regularly, so that it is always fresh and more palatable to you.