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If we are used to considering felines as unenthusiastic drinkers and to take measures when necessary, it is also good to know What is it about if we notice that our cat is excessively thirsty and ends up drinking a lot more water than usual. Let's see why.
It happens very frequently that cats drink little: it is a little in their nature of former wild predators evolved in arid and inhospitable environments; and when things go too far we have to ensure that their organism does not begin to suffer.
However, when a cat finds itself drinking too much water (and consequently urinating, perhaps outside the litter box) more often than usual it is almost always a symptom of a more serious condition which requires prompt intervention on our part, even if not necessarily an emergency in all respects.
These are essentially the causes more likely than a similar behavior on the part of your cat, referred to in the medical field polydipsia:
- Chronic renal failure: this is the most common cause of all, particularly frequent in older cats, and consists in the alteration of the structure or functionality of one or both kidneys. It is an irreversible and degenerative disorder, but with adequate therapy and special diets its progress can be slowed down.
- Hyperthyroidism: another very common disorder in felines, it is usually caused by a benign thyroid tumor, with consequent imbalances in metabolism. A cat with hyperthyroidism also tends to meow more often and sleep less.
- Diabetes mellitus: occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin (hormone secreted by the pancreas and responsible for regulating blood sugar levels) or becomes particularly resistant to it.
- Changes in nutrition, especially if the cat has switched from a wet to a dry diet and is now trying to compensate for the amount of water no longer consumed with solid food.
There are also less frequent and decidedly less worrying causes such as momentary stress and external temperature particularly high (especially in summer). There are no causes associated directly with advanced age and not related to specific disorders, as already mentioned in the case of hyperthyroidism.
Other symptoms indicate the possibility of health problems behind your cat's polydipsia:
- He retched;
- The aforementioned polyuria (excessive urination), usually outside the litter box;
- Loss of appetite or appetite above normal;
- Tendency to sleep too much or in places that are unusual for him
- Behavior changes (the cat is hyperactive or meowing excessively).
In the presence of these signs that should not be underestimated, it is good to bring your furry friend to the vet to perform a series of tests to determine the exact cause of the problem and provide appropriate treatment as soon as possible.
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