Put very simply, cat dehydration is a result of an excessive loss of body fluids. This can happen for lots of different reasons. It's important for cat owners to know the main causes of dehydration, recognize the signs and understand how to treat and prevent it.
Causes, Signs And Treatment
Dehydration isn't a disease in itself; it's a symptom of some other problem. Fluid can be lost from the cat's body due to exposure to excessive heat, lack of available drinking water, and as a result of illness.
Because dehydration is a common sign of so many illnesses, it's important for you to be able to recognize it.
There's a simple test you can perform to determine if your cat is dehydrated:
Skin Pull Test
Severe dehydration can be fatal. If your cat appears unwell and you think he could be dehydrated, get him some water immediately and then take him to the vet as soon as you can. Intravenous fluids may be required in severe cases.
If there's no underlying disease, cat dehydration can be prevented by making sure your cat has a constant supply of fresh drinking water, and by making sure he's not exposed to excessive heat. For advice on health insurance for your cat, click here.
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