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Hello. I was hoping to get a little insight into my cat's water consumption. My cat drinks quite a bit of water throughout the day, at least what I feel is quite a bit. To be fair, I do have a fountain for him and he loves the running water. He eats less than a 1/4 cup of Orijen dry and then Stella & Chewy's or some Weruva. He also seems to urinate a lot, more in amount than number of times in the box. I was just wondering if this sounds okay or if I should have him checked out soon. This isn't sudden or anything but I did have a CRF cat before this who also had UTIs and I guess I worry that I'm letting something go. He is very active, eats well, and shows no signs of not feeling well. Would it help to try to get a sample of his urine to check for smell or color? Thank you for any help you could provide.
 

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My boy does the same, drinks heaps and urinates 5+ times a day.
I took him to my vet who ran 2 blood and urine tests a month apart. The urine concentration was low enough for the vet to think he is in the early stages of Kidney Failure.
He doesn't look in any pain and is still highly active, he is 9 months old now.

Saying this i don't have a confirmation yet. I will take him to a specialist but for the time being he looks ok.

Maybe it is hot where you are? Also dry food makes the more thirsty. Maybe try not dive the dry for a couple of weeks and see if it improves.
 

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What breed is he? Some breeds of cat drink more than others anyway, like orientals. My regular old domestic shorthair barely drinks at all but my two orientals guzzle away like it's going out of style, and they're perfectly healthy.
 

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My 2 drink a lot too which is great since I feed dry food. I dont have a fountain only a bowl that I clean and fill 2xs a day. They go pee alot throughout the day so I clean their box 2 x daily. I dont think its anything to worry about though.
 

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Cats can drink excessively for a number of reasons. In older cats, the most common reasons are CRF, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes. In young cats, it's more likely associated with eating dry food, excessive exertion (overactive play), and hot weather. Intact male cats also sometimes drink HUGE volumes of water, which they use to mark their territory.

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Thank you for all the replies. He is just a domestic long haired cat and I don't live in a hot environment. It doesn't seem that he goes a lot of times but usually does urinate a lot at a time and this may sound strange but I had put a paper towel under him as he was urinating earlier and his urine is very diluted. Is it ever okay for a cat to have diluted urine if they are drinking a lot? I will be calling the vet but I am worried about him obviously.
 

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I would think that drinking a lot of water is good for them. My cat has had urinary crystals and a blockage in the past, and I want him to get all the water possible! I rarely see him drinking anymore, now that I give him only canned food with water added, but he pees a lot and I see that as a good thing.
 

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I'd be worried about a urinary issue too, so I'm glad you're taking him to the vet. Hopefully it's nothing but it's always better safe than sorry if you can afford the vet visit!
 

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For what it's worth, my vet told me that if my cat was drinking a lot despite eating only canned food, that might be an issue worth investigating.

However, you don't feed all wet. So I'm not sure if that increased drinking is to be expected or not.

Anyways as minikin said, I think it's a good idea to get a second opinion from the vet. Let us know what they say!
 

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Thanks everyone for all the replies. He is neutered. I've watched him very closely the last couple of days and been with him at all times and noticed he tends to drink quite a bit at one time, like after eating but not returning to the fountain or bowl over and over. He also went over 12 hours between using the litter box and when he went, it was a lot. I'm guessing this is why the clumps are so big. Is it okay for a cat to wait that long? He is a big cat at 14 pounds but not overweight, just large and long. I also was able to get a little sample of his urine in a cup and it was quite yellow in color and smelled like urine. I was afraid from before that his urine was very dilute but it was not dilute today. I'm going to watch him closely for the next couple of days and check on his urine and then talk to the vet with specifics and get him in for a check-up soon.
 
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