Water requirements for cats.
The most important nutrient that is often overlooked-water
Water is an essential nutrient and the most important nutrient, but in many articles on pet nutrition, water has become the least discussed nutrient. The contribution of water has always been largely ignored, and is not even considered a key component of daily nutrition. Nevertheless, it is essential to the function of all living cells.
Water accounts for more than 60% of the body weight. Compared with most nutrients, it may take several weeks, months or even longer to show the corresponding symptoms when lacking, but when the water in the body drops only 5%, deficiency disease will appear. When the water loss is 10%, serious health problems will occur, and when it is close to 15%, it may cause death. The main symptoms caused by lack of water are:
The elasticity of the skin decreases, saliva secretion decreases, appetite decreases, blood thickens, volume decreases, and circulation is blocked, which further affects the functions of the heart, brain, kidneys, and lungs.
When pets drink water, they will not feel thirsty after drinking about 70% of the daily water requirement, so they will not drink water spontaneously. Especially for cats, it may be genetically determined that cats are less prone to dehydration than most animals. On the other hand, perhaps it is the function of genes. The water use efficiency in cats is very high, which can be regarded as a characteristic of cats. Therefore, their urine is very easy to concentrate. If water intake is reduced due to some conditions, urinary tract stones have almost become standard for this type of cat, so you need to pay more attention to the amount of water the cat drinks.
At the same time, it should be noted that there are also issues that have to be considered when feeding cats. Based on the current situation, the higher PH value of tap water belongs to “hard water” (the higher the PH value is, the more “harder” the water quality is. Values below 7 are generally “soft water”. The specific “soft and hard” indicators depend on the content of soluble calcium and magnesium compounds in the water.) Because minerals such as soluble calcium and magnesium compounds in the water may increase the risk of urinary tract stones, , It is recommended that the cleaner the water for cats, the better, such as pure water.