Mini my cat is not happy


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Hello Dr Debra,

My 2-year-old male cat "Mini" is acting strange these days - he is talking at times, he seems to be very glad to be cuddled up but then stays out from house for a day long or more and drinks more water than he does in summer.

A. Malick


Hi – thanks for your email. Hummm...strange set of signs. Is your cat eating okay? Any signs of vomiting, diarrhea, or weight loss? Is he urinating normally? Have you made any change in his diet?

I'm not sure why he is staying out of the house but as long as he is otherwise acting normal (eating, drinking, playful, urinating okay, etc) – I probably would not worry about that particular sign.

I am concerned about his drinking more. Increased thirst can be associated with several significant diseases including kidney failure, diabetes mellitus, and hyperactivity of the thyroid gland.

If you are concerned about his signs, I'd recommend that you have him evaluated by your veterinarian to determine if there is an underlying medical problem.

An article that might be helpful to you is on, it is Polyuria & Polydipsia in Cats.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.