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Excessive Thirst in Cats

Extreme thirst in cats

Excessive Thirst in Cats

Extreme thirst in cats

It is observed that about two-third of the total number of cats are the older ones that is cats above 8 years. Owners of cats ought to have vested interest in the health of their cats by seeking for medical attention and regular checkups as well.

Causes of Increased Thirst in Cats

Just like human beings, cats are also prone to certain disease like diabetes, heart diseases, kidney diseases and cancer especially when they grow older. Many of these diseases can cause extreme thirst in cats.

Feline Diabetes Mellitus

Just like the types observed in human beings, there are two types of feline diabetes – type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is caused by lack of insulin and not enough production of insulin, while type 2 is caused when the body cells are unable to utilize the present amount of insulin. Though it is certain that diabetes can attack cats at any age, older cats are more prone to the feline diabetes mellitus.



    Loss of appetite

    Loss of weight

    Poor fur conditions

    Breathing problems


    Dehydration and excessive thirst

A veterinarian should be consulted, if the above symptoms are noticed so that the right medical treatment can be started.

Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease, which is also known as hepatic lipidosis, is a condition that is caused when there is a sudden accumulation of fat cells inside the liver, that the body system of the cats fail to utilize. Though the exact cause of this is not known, the disease can be diagnosed by performing a liver biopsy.


    Sudden loss of appetite or weight loss

    Excessive thirst



    Swelling of abdomen

For proper diagnosis, it is necessary to consult a vet.

Feline Chronic Renal Failure

There is a very slight difference between acute renal failure and chronic renal failure. Chronic renal failure is the most common cause for deaths of senior felines. It causes an irreversible and gradual damage of the kidney along with affecting important functions of the kidney.


    Weight loss

    Loss of appetite

    Difficulty in urinating


    Poor condition of coat

There are several ways by which the chronic renal failure is treated. Some of them include:

Providing cats with subcutaneous fluids

Adequate and appropriate cat food

Appetite stimulants and medication

Other Reasons

   Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid glands)

   Polyuria (frequent urination)

   Polydipsia (excessive drinking)

   Feline hypertension (high blood pressure)

Noticeable change in the cat behavior must not be undermined as it can be the start of a cat’s illness. This is very important as far as the cat’s health is concerned. Proper treatment actually relies on the ‘root cause’ analysis to find out the reason why cats crave for water. Every particular symptom must be treated individually. This will ensure that the cat recovers, as soon as possible and has healthy life once again. For proper diagnosis and timely treatment, ensure you consult a veterinarian.

Updated: May 21, 2018 — 12:46 am

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