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Florida summers are absolutely beautiful. They can also be absolute scorchers! When it comes to pet care, hydration is a key concern at this time of year. This is definitely crucial with cats, as they don’t have many other ways to cool off if they get too hot. Read on as a local Jacksonville, FL vet offers some tips on keeping Fluffy hydrated.
First and foremost, make sure that your furball always has fresh, clean water available. Clean your feline friend’s bowls daily, so they don’t collect dust or germs. If you have multiple floors and/or multiple cats, set out more than one water station.
Another thing you can do is just offer your feline buddy an ice cube. Some kitties really like licking ice cubes! Of course, Fluffy may just decide to play with her snack. If she wants to bat the ice cube around, by all means let her. Because cats regulate their temperature through their paw pads, this will help keep your furball cool. (Plus, it will be cute to watch.)
It’s worth mentioning that many kitties prefer to drink running water. (This actually makes purrfect sense, because in the wild, standing water would be more likely to be contaminated than running water.) You may want to get your furry friend a pet fountain, and see how she likes it.
When choosing treats, opt for things that have a high moisture content. You can give Fluffy a can of tuna in water, or perhaps some kitty ice cream, which you can find online or in stores. Another option is to offer your pet some cat milk, which is specifically formulated to be safe for our feline pals. If your furball likes ice, then offer her some shaved ice with tuna juice.
Canned food and dry food both have their own pros and cons. One of the good things about canned food is that it does have a higher moisture content than kibble. Ask your vet for specific advice, including serving sizes and suitable snacks.
Sodium-free broth is a great option. It contains electrolytes, which will help keep your furry pal properly hydrated. Offer Fluffy a chilled bowl of beef, chicken, or fish broth on hot days.
Please contact us, your Jacksonville, FL vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!