The client is in tears. The cat is huddled in the corner, confused and sick. A family friend is sitting on the stool, trying to comfort the owner. It is a hard situation- the owner came to me with the impression that her excessively urinating cat needed antibiotics for his urinary tract infection and is now getting a lecture on diabetes mellitus.
So what happened? Apparently the kitty, named Josh, has been losing weight despite eating quite a bit. He drinks his water, but also drinks from the toilet. He likes to drink from the faucet. In fact, he loves water and appears to drink all the time, I discover as I ask more questions.
He recently started urinating in inappropriate places. True, his litter box has been getting full quicker than usual, but it really didn’t make an impression on the owner until the peeing on the rug started. Naturally, the owner went to the Internet and self-diagnosed a urinary tract infection and called for antibiotics over the phone. When I, the veterinarian, wouldn’t prescribe the ‘necessary’ antibiotics without an exam, the woman reluctantly scheduled an appointment but insisted her friend be present to make sure I didn’t pull any ‘funny stuff’.