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drinking a lot

February 7th, 2007, 07:14 PM
My cat is healthy and happy, but I've noticed for some time that he has been very thirsty. He has a water dish, which he drinks from, and I often find it empty when I get home from work. He also likes to drink out of the bathtub faucet (prefers it that way, actually) and waits by the bathroom for me, then begs for me to turn the water on to a trickle. Is this normal? Or should I be concerned?

February 7th, 2007, 07:18 PM
My room-mates cat always races me to the bathroom too to drink from the tap. That is normal for a cat, but if you think he is drinking more water than he should, then it wouldn't hurt to bring him to the vet just to make sure.

February 7th, 2007, 07:22 PM
If your cat is drinking a lot of water and urinating a lot too, sometimes not making it to the litter box, that could be a sign of diabetes.

I had a cat that was drinking a lot and was pretty sloppy at it and always seemed to be at his dish, he was having accidents and was lethargic. We took him to the vet and found out he had diabetes, unfortunately for him it was too late, we didn't pick up on the signs soon enough and he was dying from organ failure when we had him put down.

If you think it's a problem please please please bring your cat to the vet to get him checked out.

February 7th, 2007, 07:23 PM
Most cats like water dripping out of a faucet. But, if your cat is drinking his water bowl dry I would be concerned. I would take him to the vet for a check-up. :cat:

February 7th, 2007, 11:00 PM
It could also be a sign of kidney failure which can happen at any age. I'd get in for a checkup just to be sure. It could also be his food, especially if you are only feeding a commercial dry food.