Water is an essential part of life for all known living things of Earth. This of course includes our furry friends. While it may seem like a no-brainer that you need to provide your pets with sufficient water, here are a few tips you will want to keep in mind to make sure your pet is as healthy and hydrated as possible.
No Two Pets are Alike
Different species of small animals drink different amounts of water. Rabbits on one hand are notorious drinkers that can often drink as much as small dogs. Gerbils on the other hand survive on little water. While this seems obvious, it is important to remember that each individual pet is different as well. The amount of moisture in your pet’s diet often can affect how much he/she drinks. Keep an eye on how much your pet drinks each day. Any drastic changes in drinking can be a sign of health problems.
When it comes to water bottles, it is important that you provide your pet with the right size. As a rule of thumb, the water bottle should never be empty while hanging in your pet’s cage. On the other hand, you do not want the bottle to be too large or it will be difficult to detect how much water your pet is drinking.
Fresh is Best
Water should be as fresh as possible. This is especially important if you use an water dish that is open to germs and debris from inside the cage. In most cases water should be changed every day.
Water Bottle Safety
Always check to make sure that your pet can get water out of his/her water bottle every time you fill up. Test the bottle by pressing the spout with your finger using as little pressure as possible. Water should easily come out. It is also a good idea to watch your pet as he/she drinks to make sure they are not struggling for water.
Don’t Forget to Clean the Bottle
Bottles can harness bacteria and germs. Completely wash out your water bottle once a week to keep water as fresh as possible.
It is a good idea to have one water bottle for each pet that you have in a shared cage. This ensures there will be enough water, and allows each animal to have their own water bottle.