Cat is awfully thirsty


My cat seems to be drinking significantly more water than usual. I know we’re getting into the summer months but still, she has not drank so much before. Could something else be going on besides the heat?

Isaac Kamidulin
Scottsdale, Arizona

Dear Ms. Kamidulin,

Yes. There are three main reasons cats start drinking more, according to Tufts veterinarian Armelle de Laforcade:

  • Kidney disease
  • Overactive thyroid, known as hyperthyroidism
  • Diabetes

Make an appointment to take your cat to the doctor and have some tests done. All three of these conditions are eminently treatable — as long as they’re treated early.


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