|Originally posted by: batrice
I posted earlier but really was wondering if any owner out there has a cat that started drinking a lot more water than usual. We did urine, blood and T4 vet said he was fine. I have read that some cats do it out of stress or nervousness or perhaps he knows its good for him as he had UTI and bacteria back in August and possibly longer. He eats very well weight is very good and seems quite content 12 year old male. So what is one to think. Doing a blood test took a lot out of him so do not want to keep digging for a problem when there is none. Actually its probably good he's drinking water due to past UTI
It happened several times with my cats. With one cat, people food higher in sodium than her own cat foods (and getting up in age) was the reason, that's why I posted the salt related info for you. She didn't drink more water from the same foods when she was younger, so even though her blood work results are still okay, I've made some changes and she is not getting any more salty foods. She loves chicken, so I even cook the chicken with hardly any added salt with her treats in mind.
It's reassuring that your kitty is eating very well and his weight is good. Changes in weight and appetite would be warning signs that something is seriously wrong. Thank God you don't see any. (Lymphoma caused one of my cats to drink enormous amounts of water, and two others were drinking enormous amounts of water with liver and kidney disease. )
If I were you I would cut way down on the salt and see if it makes a difference in the drinking. You would know in about a day, but definitely within three days, whether the drinking was caused by too much salt in the diet.
If there is no significant change, I would think some more about his diet and I would also get a copy of his blood work results and go over the numbers very carefully. You might see something you'd want to follow up on.