Our 10-year-old cat has started drinking a lot more water. Is it her age?

Ask the Vet: “Our 10-year-old cat has started drinking a lot more water. Is it her age?”
“我們十歲的貓開始喝多了很多水,是年紀大了的緣故嗎?”

Q&A with Dr Pauline Taylor, BVM&S MACVSc

DR. PAULINE SAYS:

I very much doubt it! Many cats live to over 20 nowadays.  There are many reasons why animals start drinking more and honestly if you have noticed ‘polydipsia’ [drinks more than before], I suspect there is/are medical causes involved e.g. diabetes, kidney or thyroid disease to name a few.

If you have recently started feeding a new salty food or your cat is being kept in a very hot environment these could contribute but medical reasons are more likely.  A clinical exam and some blood/urine tests are needed to sort this out.

 

我不這樣認為──現在很多貓能活至二十多歲。動物會因很多緣故而開始多喝水,而老實說,如果你發現牠有「神經性口渴」(
比從前多喝水),我懷疑是由醫療原因造成的,例如糖尿病、腎病或甲狀腺等問題。如果你最近為你的貓餵飼了新的咸的食品,或是牠一直處於一個炎熱的地方,皆有可能因此出現神經性口渴的現象,但更大可能是醫療上的原故。要解決這個問題,需要進行臨床檢查和驗血/驗尿等。

 

 

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