Kitty Hydration

I know that staying hydrated is a crucial piece towards success in any athletic or outdoor adventures. Especially in the desert.  

If I know I have a long and potentially hot day in the desert, I do my best to drink fluids constantly.  I like to pre-hydrate the night before and in the morning at breakfast. No sense in starting off the day with a half tank.  The same idea applies to the cats. I can't easily convince Kenneth to drink another bowl of water because tomorrow will be a long day, but I can make sure that it is always available anytime he might want some. In the morning, I try to coach him to eat as much as possible and follow up his meal with as much water as he will drink. 

Once we are on the trail/climb/canyon, I make sure to stop as often as possible for water breaks. I'll give him a few drops on his head and on his paws if I am worried that he might be getting a bit too hot.  

I am sure some others also have cats that are a bit finicky when it comes to drinking water. At home, we have a nice fountain water bowl that even grows grass!  Kenneth and Ember still prefer to drink out of the kitchen or bathroom sink if I will give them the opportunity (and I do!) On trips, I want to do all I can to encourage them to stay hydrated. I have a small flexible bowl tht I can pour water into; once the bowl fills, I just pour that water back into the bottle. This gives Kenneth his own 'fountain' to sip from in the middle of the desert.

 

Spoiled.  

 

 

Kenneth enjoys his own personal desert fountain.