Ask the Vet: “Our 10-year-old cat has started drinking a lot more water. Is it her age?”
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.