This March we’ve been focusing on our feline friends, and so we’re excited to tell you about a new hydration supplement specifically for cats from Purina called Hydra Care. Hydra Care is a breakthrough nutrient-enriched water that promotes healthy hydration in cats. Cats face many challenges when drinking water—and this can easily lead to dehydration. This is especially concerning for cats because proper hydration helps decrease the likelihood of urinary stones, helps the kidneys flush out toxins, and more.
Cats can become dehydrated for a number of reasons. One of the primary reasons is it’s in their genes. Felines evolved from desert dwellers, and therefore have a low thirst drive and can survive on less water than their canine counterparts. Cats have near-sightedness issues, so it may be hard for cats to visualize the edge of the water in a bowl. Additionally, when cats lap water from a bowl, they curve their tongue into a J-shape and bite off a column of water, which is incredibly inefficient. Cats only end up with 3/100 of a teaspoon per lap!
Conditions that make cats more prone to dehydration include chronic kidney disease and other conditions, such as diarrhea or diabetes. It is well recognized that cats are predisposed to urinary tract disease and that a lack of fluid intake can be a predisposing cause. Your veterinarian can tell you if your cat is dehydrated, but common signs include loss of appetite, dry gums, and a decrease in skin elasticity. Hydration is the physiological state of balanced electrolytes, specific minerals, and fluids within the body, and maintaining this balance is important. Water is vital because it affects everything from organ function and nutrient transportation to circulation and digestion. It also helps decrease the likelihood of urinary stones and helps the kidneys flush out toxins.
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Supplement Hydra Care is nutrient-enriched water that promotes hydration in cats. It contains nutritional osmolytes, which aid in the absorption of water at a cellular level and helps cats get the hydration they need. The science behind this therapeutic product represents a collaboration between Purina nutritionists, researchers, and veterinarians.
With an enticing liver flavor and breakthrough science, Hydra Care helps support healthy hydration in cats. With an easy-to-feed pouch and an enticing liver flavor, simply pour it in a third bowl and let your cat enjoy! Hydra Care is more than a flavored drink—it helps cats consume more liquid (compared to cats consuming only water in addition to dry feeding) and even absorb more water into their cells. In a Purina study, cats drinking Hydra Care consumed on average 50% more liquid each day.
We have found Hydra Care to be particularly beneficial to our senior feline patients or patients with urinary or kidney disfunction. If you think your cat would benefit from Hydra Care, we’d love to discuss it more with you! You can call and place an order to pick up at the clinic through us OR order online through Pro Plan Vet Direct (PPVD). Shipping is always free and there are no shipping minimums. This March, Pro Plan Vet Direct is also offering a $5 off discount code for all Hydra Care purchases AND Direct Rewards members can earn 500 bonus points with each order containing any supplements. Learn more about PPVD discount codes and Direct Rewards on their website.