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We always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences. This may result in reduced functionality and affect the graphical presentation of this site. However, all content will still be available. Why is my cat so thirsty? 5499 single-format-standard custom-background wp-custom-logo wpex-theme wpex-responsive full-width-main-layout has-composer wpex-live-site content-full-width has-topbar post-in-category-blog sidebar-widget-icons hasnt-overlay-header wpex-mobile-toggle-menu-icon_buttons has-mobile-menu wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5. As  summer has come to an end, it is time for everyone, including our pet family members, to get back to the normal routine. It probably was not surprising with the summer heat, to notice that the water bowls placed around the house needed to be filled more often.

With hot weather comes lazy days and cooling off with a refreshing drink. But now that the summer is over, is it normal that your cat is drinking so much water and that the bowls are constantly empty? Excess thirst, and along with it, excess urination, is a common symptom reported to veterinarians about their pets. Excessive urination, or polyuria, may be noticed more frequently than excessive drinking, or polydipsia, because it can lead to accidents around the house, missing the litter box, or urinating on someone’s favorite shirt, but you can’t have one without the other. So how can you tell if your cat is abnormally thirsty? The best way for a cat owner to evaluate their cat’s drinking and urinating behaviors is to compare them to what has always been normal for them.

If the answer is yes, then a trip to the veterinarian will help to narrow down the reason why. So why is my cat so thirsty? Occasionally the problem starts with excessive drinking. This could be a behavioral problem related to anxiety or stress or a manifestation of an underlying metabolic disease. Most of the time, however, the underlying problem leads to excessive urination and our pets drink more to compensate for all of the water they are losing in their urine. PD in cats and dogs.

Three of the more common causes of excessive urination and excessive drinking in cats are diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, and hyperthyroidism. Diabetes mellitus is a hormonal problem that is diagnosed when blood sugar levels are very high and sugar spills out into the urine. It is caused when either the body is deficient in the hormone, insulin, or when for some reason, the body becomes resistant to its insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is secreted by the pancreas, an organ in the abdomen that is important for secreting hormones that regulate the body’s blood sugar and that digest food. Diabetes mellitus in cats is more similar to Type 2 diabetes in people. Several factors that predispose people to getting Type 2 diabetes also seem to be important in cats. These factors include obesity, physical inactivity, concurrent diseases, and even genetics. Most cats that develop diabetes mellitus are older than 5 years of age, males are more likely to become diabetic than females, and most are overweight. Signs of diabetes in cats other than increased drinking and urination include increased appetite, weight loss, an abnormal hair coat, or hind limb weakness.