Humans spend a fair amount of time thinking about the water quality we drink, hence all those handy reusable water bottles we tote around town. But what about the water we give to our pets?
It turns out that the water we choose to give to our pets could be helping them or harming them, depending on where it comes from and what microscopic contaminants that water potentially contains.
How dangerous is hard water?
Hard water absorbs magnesium and other minerals, like calcium, from the soil or stony outcrops near the water’s source. Tap water high in minerals can cause wear and tear on your appliances, but it can also contribute to dry hair and skin, giving pets a severe case of itchy skin.
One study conducted in 2016 also found a correlation between cats’ exposure to hard water and increased urinary issues.