WVC 92nd Annual Conference
Water is considered the most essential nutrient; however, no consensus exists for how to define optimal hydration, or optimal water intake volume in cats to achieve adequate hydration for health or with chronic and acute disease states. Recent studies suggest cats that consume an all-dry-food diet, thus possibly are chronically dehydrated, might be predisposed to chronic illnesses such as chronic kidney disease, obesity, LUTD, and diabetes. Offering liquid supplements to cats has been recently explored, thus appear to be an alternative strategy to promote water intake. This may be an important approach when high sodium diets may be a contraindication for a comorbidity, and/or the cat does not regularly consume wet foods. This presentation will report on recent data in healthy cats that provides an important understanding of normal physiological responses in healthy cats that may be useful for comparison to various disease states that result in, or are exacerbated by, dehydration.