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Molly has suddenly started drinking a fair bit of water

post #1 of 18
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She didn't seem to really drink much water when she came, but as she was eating wet food only, I didn't think much of it. This weekend, I have noticed her at the water bowl quite a lot. I haven't just changed her to a more dry food diet (although I have just found some more biscuits she will eat), although some of the drinking did start just after she had finished eating some biscuits. Looks like I won't be able to put off the blood test till the end of the month, better see how quickly work can let me have some time off!! I don't think it is anything too major, but it is niggling at me, so I will only drive myself daft if I don't get it checked!! She does occasionally hold her left paw up to her chest, as though it needs resting, so will be getting that checked out too.
post #2 of 18
Hoping Molly checks out okay.
Of my gang, Joji is the "drinker". She even prefers to have her own water source. It's only when she's really thirsty that she will sip at the common water bowls, otherwise it's the one in my bedroom she solely has access to that she will drink from.
post #3 of 18
She definitely needs to be checked if she has started drinking a lot of water. I would take her in as soon as I could arrange to do so. Hope all will be okay with your kitty.
post #4 of 18
How old is Molly? I would deffinately get her checked as soon as you can. My Tiger had problems and I didn't know her increase in drinking was a sign of them at first. This is why I wouldn't put getting it checked off. Better safe than sorry. I hope everything is ok!!!
post #5 of 18
I hope that Molly's tests turn out okay! *sends good vibes*

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that my Cleo was drinking an INCREDIBLE amount of water. I was filling her water bowl twice a day! I was starting to get a little worried, until I noticed that there was an awful lot of water around her bowl. Then I caught her red-handed, or rather, WET-PAWED! She was playing and FALLING INTO her water bowl! So ridiculous.
post #6 of 18
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Well, we have a major application due in this week, so my boss wont let me have any time off. I am waiting for the vet to ring me back about something else, so will ask her if Molly can either wait till Mon/Tues next week, or if there is a possibility of doing it in evening surgery - although I Am reluctant to do that due to her having to be pre-starved. Although thinking about it, the food they have been on since Sat looks drier than what they were on before, so that could have something to do with it. I wouldn't say it was a large amount of water, just a lot of trips to the bowl and until Sat, I had never seen her drink out of the water bowl. Bet she turns out to be fine and it is the change in food!! She is 13 btw.
post #7 of 18
Would your vet allow you to drop her off early in the morning and pick her up after work?
post #8 of 18
Keeping our fingers crossed for Molly. Hopefully it is just the food change...I know with our cats what they eat does affect how much they drink. The more dry food they get the more water they drink. Sustained increases in water consumption are a worry though, and worth checking out. Keep us posted!

-Tara
post #9 of 18
If she's 13, I strongly recommend a blood panel be run on her, to check her liver and kidney functions, glucose, and her thyroid. All of these things could cause her to drink more. Definitely something I would do as soon as possible. Good luck and please keep us posted!
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by menagerie mama
If she's 13, I strongly recommend a blood panel be run on her, to check her liver and kidney functions, glucose, and her thyroid. All of these things could cause her to drink more. Definitely something I would do as soon as possible. Good luck and please keep us posted!
Agree. Unfortunately, that is the age that many cats start developing CRF, and drinking excessively is a sign of that.

Please keep us posted on Molly!!
post #11 of 18
we had a cat that drank alot and she was only 5 yrs old and we found out she was diabetic which was a shock for we were told older cats its rarer, we couldn't stabalize her, her glucose was to out of whack, we had to put her down god rest her little soul.
post #12 of 18
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My vets would have allowed her to stay all day, but I would have paid for it. She is now going up tomorrow evening at 6.50 (it is going to be really hard keeping her away from food, and poor Tom won't get a lot of brekkie cos he doesn't eat all his before I go to work). I changed the food back, and she stopped drinking water, so am 99% sure it is that, but she was having bloodtests at the end of the month anyway, so it is no big deal to do it earlier really. Unfortunately I have the more in-depth one that goes to the lab rather than gets done in house (it does work out cheaper as it includes the thyroid test), so wont get the results back till Mon.
post #13 of 18
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The vet rang with her blood test results today - the first thing she asked was how her teeth were - I said that she does eat funny, but she is eating me out of house and home, so obviously doesn't bother her that much. So she said that while she is fine, to leave them be, but I do have to keep an eye on them. Everything else has come back fine, although I did expect her to have a thyroid prob. Nice to know that the vocalisation and excellent appetite (to say a month ago she barely ate) is just her. So am really pleased.
post #14 of 18
I find it a little odd that the vet asked YOU how your cat's teeth were....didn't she do a thorough exam?
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by dustypixie
I hope that Molly's tests turn out okay!
Me too!
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
The blood tests were done by the vet nurse, so the vet hadn't checked her - and I forgot to ask the vet nurse to look at them (although I have checked them more than once myself - her teeth are nice and clean, but as she is a black cat, I can't check if her gums are red!!)
post #17 of 18
I'm glad to hear that the news was good!
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
Me too - I am not known for having healthy cats, I might get a cheaper vets bill this year as all have had bloodtests and been declared healthy.
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