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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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My cat has lost a lot of weight. She is 16 years old. She

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my cat has lost a lot of weight. She is 16 years old. She seems to be drinking a lot of water
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Polydipsia (increased thirst) is a danger sign in our geriatric cats. It often indicates chronic renal insufficiency, hepatic insufficiency; diabetes mellitus or hyperthyroidism (both of which should also cause polyphagia (increased hunger) but weight loss. Dolly's polydipsia should prompt a visit to her vet who needs to thoroughly examine Dolly including performing fasted diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. You should know within 24 hours of testing why Dolly is polydipsic and how you might help her. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.