Like us, cats drink water because they’re thirsty.
On average, cats drink between 10-30 ml per pound per day.
Thirst is regulated by the brain, but influenced by the health of the body.
Increased thirst may be caused by heat or the type of food the cat eats. For example, canned wet foods contain as much as 80% moisture, so cats that eat wet food might not get as thirsty as cats that eat dry food.
An increase in thirst may also signal that something is wrong.
Some common causes of increased thirst in cats are kidney disease and diabetes, and should be checked out. Laboratory test results help us distinguish between normal thirst and disease.
If you are concerned that your cat is drinking too much water, contact us as soon as possible. The sooner we can pinpoint the underlying condition and begin treatment, the greater the likelihood of a positive outcome.