Your Cat Drinking A Lot Of Water? Probable Reasons And Warning Signs

Your Cat Drinking A Lot Of Water? Learn Why

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Cat Drinking A Lot Of Water

A healthy cat drinks up to 300ml of fresh water daily. This can increase if you only feed your cat dried food – food in cans or pouches contain 80% water. The amount of water drunk is also dependant on the size of your cat. And the time of year. Is your cat drinking a lot of water? See probable reasons and warning signs here…

Notice the Clues

If you’re unable to measure your cat’s water intake you can look for the three main indicators that your cat is drinking more than normal. These are:

  • Drinking from unusual places such as ponds, taps, or the shower
  • Drinking from their water bowl more frequently
  • Emptying the water bowl and needing it re-filled more often

As long as your cat is happy and healthy excessive drinking could just be a sign of environmental changes like the weather, or simply a warm house.

Cat Drinking A Lot Of Water

Getting Enough Water

Cat dehydration is relatively simple to spot as there are certain signs including:

  • Elasticity of the skin – if you pull back the skin at the scruff of the neck it should spring back when you release it
  • Overly lethargic – if your cat isn’t acting physically normal this could be a symptom
  • A dry, flaky coat – indicates not enough water is being consumed

Cat Drinking A Lot Of Water

Encourage Drinking

Cats need fresh water every day. You can also try to increase the amount of water drunk by:

  • Swapping plastic bowls that can taste funny to ceramic or stainless steel
  • Add wet food to the diet which contains more water
  • Buy a pet water fountain that provides fresh water constantly and is fun
  • Add ice cubes to water bowls

Cat Drinking A Lot Of Water

Drinking Too Much Water

There are three basic reasons for your cat drinking a lot of water suddenly. These are known as:

Compensatory – this could be due to extremely hot weather causing excess thirst. Or a change in diet from wet to dry food which makes your cat thirstier. If your cat has been vomiting and had diarrhoea excess water loss will be compensated for by normally functioning kidneys. And your cat will drink more.
Pathological – these conditions cause ongoing excess water loss and make your cat drink more. They include:

  • Kidney disease: when the kidneys can’t properly regulate fluid balance and excessive water is urinated away
  • Liver disease: when essential functions such as filtering toxins and storing nutrients aren’t working properly
  • Diabetes: high levels of glucose in the blood overflows into the urine taking away large volumes of water
  • Hormonal and endocrine diseases: where the kidneys aren’t stimulated so fluids can’t be reabsorbed from them
  • Hyperthermia: an increase in body temperature caused by a range of disorders
  • Urinary tract infection: including cystitis, urinary stones, and blood in the urine
  • Hypotension: low blood pressure can be caused by severe dehydration

Behavioural – when you notice your old cat drinking a lot of water this can be related to hyperthyroidism and can cause increased thirst
Cat Drinking A Lot Of Water

When to Get Professional Help

There are other signs that will indicate that your cat is unwell. They Include:

  • An increase or decrease in appetite
  • More frequent urination and often accidents in the home
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Behavioural changes including hyperactivity or constant meowing
  • Sickness and diarrhoea

You’ll need to make an appointment with your vet for a thorough check-up and assessment of the symptoms.

Cat Drinking A Lot Of Water

What Your Vet Will Do

Early detection and swift treatment will greatly improve recovery. Your vet will need to run blood and urine tests to evaluate kidney function. And to check for diabetes, hyperthyroidism and liver disease. Infections and anaemia will be eliminated by a complete blood count. Radiographs and ultrasounds will also be conducted.

Diabetes is a life-threatening disease and treatment needs to start immediately. Maintenance therapy is usually daily insulin injections alongside a high protein and low carb diet.

Kidney disease may include surgery to remove the failing kidney, a transplant, or medication to slow the progression of the disease, if untreatable.

If liver disease is the cause your cat will have probably have to be admitted to the animal hospital for medication of electrolytes, vitamins, and thiamine. The disease can then be treated accordingly.
Intravenous fluids will be used to treat dehydration and diuretics may be prescribed to reduce any calcium levels in the urine. If hyperthyroidism is diagnosed, radiotherapy or surgery may be required. But this does have potential risk and side-effects.

Cat Drinking A Lot Of Water

When There’s No Other Choice

When putting a cat to sleep is a final option you need to get in touch with dedicated at-home end-of-life vets. You’ll get all the advice and support you need at this traumatic time. And you’ll get peace of mind knowing that your cat is being spared any more unnecessary suffering. Gentle at-home euthanasia will provide a peaceful end for your feline friend.

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