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Water and your pet

Thursday, September 1, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

How much water should your cat or dog drink each day. The basic answer is as much as your pet wants.  Thirst in healthy cats and dogs is internally regulated.  There’s little chance that they’ll drink too much.  Exercise and hot weather will increase thirst.  Your job is to provide plenty of  fresh water daily.  Cats detest stale, cold water. It’s important to fill their water bowl several times during the day. My older cat, Mollie actually takes her paw and tries to dump the water out if it’s bowl!  This doesn’t bother dogs as much.  Keep your dogs water bowl filled as well. If your water supply has too much chlorine in it, give your pet filtered water. Try to monitor your pets normal water consumption. If you notice any changes such as consuming too much water or not consuming enough, this could be a sign of disease. Discuss this with your vet.

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