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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-29-2019, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Older kittie drinking and peeing a lot

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I have an older kittie (Abby!!) of about 14 years that seems to be drinking a lot of water and therefore peeing a lot for the last few months now. I thought at first it would go away...A little salt would help her hold water better...But why do you guys think she is drinking/peeing more now? Thanks!!!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-29-2019, 08:31 PM
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This is often a sign of diabetes or kidney problems starting. Get her to the vet for a checkup.
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OK, I will soon; thanks!!

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-03-2019, 07:24 PM
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Diabetes?

Was the diagnosis diabetes? Don't be like me. I listened to my vet who had lots of other ideas on what my 13-year-old cat had when he had lost weight and was peeing and drinking more. I knew it was diabetes right away but the vet had to test for everything under the sun. Insist your vet test for diabetes first. Then get a human meter and strips to test your cat morning and night. My cat is on Lantus, which is very expensive, so I save money by using human meter and strips which are MUCH less costly than those made specifically for cats. If you read the meter properly, you will be OK.

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You must get her to the vet. This sounds like either diabetes or the start of kidney failure.
So both can be treated and it is good you noticed this change. Is your cat overweight? Does
she eat canned food for only dry? Good luck at the vet.
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She is not overweight. Dry food soaked in water. Talked to the vet on the phone; NOT TOO MUCH they can do for my old kitty.
Hey, I need some salt in my diet sometimes; I gave some salt in my cats water. I'll see how it goes!!
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If she's drinking a lot of water, she should be peeing a lot. I would never recommend giving extra salt to a cat, you're forcing her to retain water.


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I agree with everyone here and if your vet is saying there isn't much they can do for her then find a new vet or book an appointment and ask for blood work to be run and a urine sample to be taken. Increased thirst and urination is usually a sign of kidney problems or diabetes both of which can be managed! I just lost a kitty to kidney disease last year and she was the same age as your cat when she developed it.
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If she's drinking a lot of water, she should be peeing a lot. I would never recommend giving extra salt to a cat, you're forcing her to retain water.
Yeah, adding salt is a true experiment. I monitor my cat accordingly. It's a little salt in the water, and I noticed a little difference in her drinking/peeing. I'm monitoring and see's doing OK now!!
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-04-2019, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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@ AnimalAnimeLover, I agree; that would be best.

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