Is your cat drinking too much water?

Have you noticed that your cat drinking too much water, or more water than normal? Sometimes cat’s drink more water and it may be because they are just thirsty due to the weather being hot; however, the cause of their thirst could also be an underlying medical condition.

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Each cat is a unique individual; therefore, one may drink more water than another kitty. This is quite normal, just as it is for some pet parents to drink more water than others. It doesn’t mean there’s an illness, but this could just be the normal amount of water for that individual.

How much should a cat be drinking?

Cats usually drink about 10-30 ml per pound each day. So, if your fur baby weighs about 15 pounds, they may drink anywhere from 150 ml to 450 ml each day. This would be their normal average range.

Some cats may not drink as much, and this could be due to their food. If a cat has wet (canned) food, then they getting more moisture from their food. As a result, they may not drink as much. On the other hand, if a cat is mostly eating dry kibble, then they may drink more so that they get enough moisture to compensate for the lack of water in their food.

In addition, some cats may be drinking more than normal if the weather is hot. On the other hand, they may not drink quite as much when the weather is cold.

Each individual cat will have their own “normal.” As a pet parent, it’s a good idea to observe your fur baby each day, so you get used to seeing how much they eat and drink, etc. This way, you’ll know when they seem to be drinking more or less than normal. Checking their drinking habits each day could very well help you catch a medical issue before it becomes serious.

Signs Your Cat is Drinking More or too much

You don’t have to measure the liquid in your feline companion’s water bowl to check how much water they are drinking. Instead, you can watch for these signs:

  • the bowl needs to be filled more often
  • Drinking from strange places (sink taps, toilet, outdoor ponds, etc.)
  • They seem to be going to the water bowl more often

Keep in mind that if a cat’s ill, they’re very good at hiding the fact. The reason is that in the wild, any animal that shows weakness can become the target of a predator. For cats, too, if they show weakness, they may even be attacked by cats that are stronger.

If your cat has something wrong, you may notice these signs that could indicate they are unwell:

  • They start to sleep a lot or in places they normally doesn’t use for sleeping
  • Changes in behavior: they may become more aggressive, or an active cat may become more lethargic
  • Changes in appetite: they may eat more or less than normal
  • Signs of sickness such as vomiting, diarrhea, and more

When you notice any of these or other signs, then it’s time to call the vet and take your fur baby in for an exam.

Medical Issues That May Cause Your Cat to Drink More

There are several health problems that can make your feline fur baby drink more than usual. These can include:

  • Kidney disease: this is most common in older cats but can also affect younger cats. This issue is caused by kidneys that are no longer functioning as normal. This leads to increased urination and causes the cat to become thirstier than normal. Treatment involves management of the progression of this disease. Treatment may include a kidney-safe diet, antacids, treatment of high blood pressure and other issues. 
  • Hyperthyroidism: this is caused by the thyroid gland, which begins producing too much thyroid hormone. This condition is most common in cats that are in their middle years or older. Treatment involves giving the cat oral medicines or radioactive iodine treatments.
  • UTI (urinary tract infection): is usually caused by a bacterial infection of the bladder and/or other parts of the urinary tract. These are common in cats of all ages, though it does tend females more than male cats. A UTI is usually treated with a round of antibiotics, though a cat may require subcutaneous injections of fluid under the skin if she’s become dehydrated.
  • Diabetes mellitus: this is health issue that causes blood sugar levels to become too high. When this happens, sugar is released into the urine. The cause of diabetes is due to the body not having enough insulin, or the body becomes resistant to insulin. This illness can develop in cats that are 5 years old or more, and it happens more often in male cats. Once diagnosed, the treatment is insulin injected under the skin each day, along with ongoing monitoring by the vet.

So, if your fur baby is showing signs of any of these medical conditions, along with drinking more water than normal, then it’s definitely time to call the vet.

Diagnosis & Treatment

The vet will give your feline companion a complete physical exam and will ask about symptoms, when you first noticed them, etc. The vet will most likely also ask about your fur baby’s diet and more. After the physical exam, the vet may order some lab work is done, which may include:

  • CBC
  • Biochemical screen
  • Urinalysis
  • Urine culture

Treatment will depend on the vet’s diagnosis. For instance, kitty’s with diabetes will need to receive insulin treatments every day for the rest of their lives. Diabetes currently has no cure.

You can read more helpful cat care tips here for when the weather is hot…

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