When thirst is normal
If the cat began to drink more – first of all, please note that any changes in her diet lately. If the cat has been translated from natural products or moist canned food to dry feed industry – increase the amount of alcohol consumed quite natural, because the moisture content in the feed is low. So the cat starts more and more to venerate the bowl of water to get a liquid that you had received along with food.
Cause thirst may be the imbalance in the diet of cats: a low protein content or high salt content. In this case, it is necessary to adjust the menu.
In addition, there are a number of natural reasons why a cat begins to drink more, thus offsetting the increased consumption of water. This pregnancy, increased physical activity, high temperature in the house or on the street, suffering a stress.
Considered normal and an increase in water consumption during the reception of a number of medicinal preparations (diuretics, corticosteroids and so on). If the treatment is conducted under the supervision of a doctor, this side effect does not lead to any consequences for the body of the cat, and after drug withdrawal water consumption will drop to normal.
Norm of water intake for cats is considered to be 25-50 milliliters per kilogram of body weight per day. Increased thirst can I tell if a cat is drinking more than normal.
Diseases of cats, accompanied by thirst
If neither the diet nor the conditions of detention cats has not changed, and the water she drinks more and more – is cause for immediate treatment to the veterinary clinic.
Increased thirst and drinking excessive amounts of water is called polydipsia (from the Greek polydipsios where poli means "many" and dipsios – "to drink").
Increased thirst can be a symptom of several serious diseases, among which are:
- liver tumors;
- acute or chronic renal failure;
In order to make a diagnosis, in most cases, you will need to provide a urine sample and get tested – only then the doctor can prescribe the cat's treatment. Of this disease belongs to the incurable, but still with proper care, animal will for many years continue to live an active life.
In any case, you need to ensure that a cat suffering from excessive thirst, always had access to water. Dehydration in these animals comes rather quickly, and the cat, deprived of the possibility to get drunk, maybe die.