How to tell if a cat is dehydrated

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Cats are thirsty animals, especially since they are busy making Internet memes and history in today’s digital landscape. For this reason, it’s really important to consider the hydration of your feline friend. For this, we’ve created a short article highlighting some of the signs and symptoms of determining when a cat is dehydrated. Of course, your veterinarian is the best to know for sure so you you consult her or him.

Causes of Cat Dehydration

Cat’s may become dehydrated in a number of situations.

  1. Lack of water/fluids
  2. Excessive heat exposure
  3. Illness
  4. Vomiting
  5. Diarrhea

What are the Signs + Symptoms of Feline Dehydration?

Sunken Eyes

When your cute kitty is showing signs of sunken eyes, he or she may be dehydrated.

Lethargic Behavior + Depression

Another common sign of cat dehydration is lethargic behavior. If your cat is typically active and suddenly prefers lying quietly for extended period of times, dehydration may be an issue.

Loss of Appetite + Dry Mouth

Next, a cat who stops eating and has a dry mouth may also be dehydrated. Keep a close tab on your cat’s eating behavior looking for changes in appetite.


If you suspect that your cat is dehydrated, it’s always a good idea to consult a medical professional and not just the internet of things. Call your vet and make an appointment today, your cat will thank you for it.

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