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Drink up! 5 tips for encouraging your pet to stay hydrated

We’re Closer Pets, and we’re here to keep you close to your pets, wherever life takes you. From automatic feeders to flowing drinking fountains and lockable pet doors, our smart products have helped us support the health and well-being of our closest companions for over 30 years.

We’re passionate about assisting owners in caring for their furry friends in the best way possible, and in our latest article, we look at the importance of keeping them topped up with a healthy dose of H2O. Read on to discover our top tips – plus, you can get your paws on an exclusive £5 off when you spend £30 on closerpets.co.uk, using the code: HEALTHYPET5.

Hydration appreciation
Cat drinking waterIn the autumn issue of Healthy Pet Guide, we suggested ways of helping your pet maintain a healthy weight. One tip highlighted the importance of hydration in aiding digestion – but drinking water offers many more benefits for our little loved ones…

Encouraging pets to get drinking is especially important for cats, as they don’t have high thirst drives – in the wild, they’d get most of their water intake from their food. Drinking water will help flush out toxins that may build up, which can cause kidney or urinary tract disease – research shows this can sadly be a leading cause of death in older cats. And, for our canine companions, water helps keep their noses moist and able to pick up scents.

So, as you can see, regular drinking helps prevent health problems as well as an unpleasant vet bill. But how do we ensure our pets are getting enough of the good stuff?

5 tips for encouraging your pet to stay hydrated
Every animal is different and will have their own preferences (plus, cats are notorious picky drinkers) – so be prepared to try a few different ways of providing water to find your cat or dog’s favourite way of drinking. Try out the tips below for H2O harmony!

If you’re particularly worried about your pet’s water consumption, it’s always worth visiting the vet for specialist advice.

1. Keep it fresh

Providing a fresh source of water is key to keeping your furry friend healthy and hydrated – after all, it’s not very inviting to sip from a bowl where the water’s been hanging around. Our cats’ and dogs’ incredible senses of smell will pick up any hints of staleness straight away.

2. Location, location, location

Depending on the age or needs of your pet – for example, if they have limited mobility or need to drink often due to a medical condition – it’s worth popping a few water sources around your house, including near their beds.

3. On the move

Make sure you take a bottle of water with you on walks with your canine companion – all that exploring is thirsty work!

4. Mix it up

You could try and introduce more wet food into your pet’s diet – as the name suggests, it has a much higher moisture content than dry food.

5. Go with the flow

Anyone who’s seen a cat drinking from a dripping tap or a dog playing with a sprinkler will know that our pets absolutely love moving water. This is down to their animal instincts to drink from streams and rivers – plus, cats have near-sightedness issues, so can find it hard to see still water. Which leads us nicely onto…

How our pet fountains can help

Closer Pets cat fountainsHere at Closer Pets, our products are designed to give you a deeper understanding of your companions’ needs, and our pet drinking fountains are here to make hydration one of the highlights of the day.

We’ve already established that cats and dogs prefer running water. So, having a source of fresh running water will surely grab their attention, while providing naturally oxygenated, tasty water.

Our modern pet fountains have multi-height reservoirs to mimic natural, flowing water, and make them a suitable watering hole for moggies and doggies alike. They’re more hygienic than a traditional water bowl, as the circulating water can stop any nasty build-ups in their tracks.

Closer Pets Dog fountainsThey also include filters that remove impurities from tap water and trap any dirt or fur, meaning the water will taste and smell better for your discerning drinkers. What’s more, they can also keep the water 1-2 degrees cooler than a traditional water bowl to ensure your closest companions will be fully refreshed.

Lastly, our pets need different quantities of water, depending on their size and the type of food they eat. By offering up to six litres, your four-legged friends will never go thirsty – they can dip in and out as they please, whether you’re at home or out and about. Not to mention the fact it means you don’t have to keep refilling the bowl every five minutes – especially if you have several pets!

Discover our range today

Closer Pets dog and cat fountain rangeJust like us humans, hydration plays a huge role in our dogs’ and cats’ health, and our unique thirst-quenchers will encourage your pets to lap it up to their hearts’ content. Check out our range of pet fountains here.

And, for our Healthy Pet Guide readers, keeping your pets hydrated and happy has never been easier, with an exclusive £5 off our product range, using the code: HEALTHYPET5.


 

View our full product range and get £5 off at www.closerpets.co.uk using the code: HEALTHYPET5

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