When it comes to exploring with our kitties, one thing we learned very quickly is how important it is to bring lots of fresh water everywhere we go. Unlike most of the doggos we’ve been around, we have found Fish and Chips are far less inclined to drink from natural water sources like creeks and lakes. Although this may not be true for all cats, it’s something we always have to remember when we take our furry friends out into the elements. We like to bring a separate water bottle that we use just for the kitties. Along with the bottle we bring a plastic collapsible bowl, this allows us to pour the leftover water back into the bottle instead of pouring it out. (Rationing water can be important on some summer backpacking trips with limited fresh water sources along the trail). Although we try and take frequent breaks in the shade, which is far more important on these hot summer days, sometimes the cats will let us know when it’s time for a rest. Chips tends to just lay down in the nearest cool spot and refuse to move until he’s cooled down. Sometimes this means a drink of water and sometimes it means he gets to ride on the backpack for a little bit until he feels like walking again. Fish on the other hand is much more vocal. He has a certain pitch of meow when he’s distraught, and we can usually tell its time for a little break. Other times instead of stopping or meowing, they will start panting, just as a dog would. Although panting can be cause for concern with cats if the cause is unknown, when we’re out hiking with them we are usually confident they’re just starting to overheat and its time for a little break and few laps of cold water!
At home we discovered that the cats, mostly Fish, were spending a lot of time drinking out of the toilet instead of their water bowl. In order to curb this habit (no one needs to stumble into the bathroom in the middle of the night to find it occupied by a thirsty cat) we decided to head to our local Bosley’s and purchase a small drinking fountain for them. We opted for a stainless steel model but we find hard water builds up rather quickly in spots. We’ve heard the plastic versions are a little easier to clean but so far we haven’t had the chance to try one out. With the introduction of the fountain both cats seem to be much happier with drinking the circulating water as opposed to the stagnant water in the water bowl before, and the improper use of the toilet has certainly become less frequent.
I’m sure as we continue to travel and adventure with Fish and Chips we will be able to share a few more helpful tips or tricks when it come to keeping your adventure cat hydrated, both at home and on the trail but for now the best advice we can give is to learn to read the signs and get to know how your kitty tells you when they’ve had enough or they need a break!
Outside Cat Club