|Barked: Thu Feb 15, '07 12:33pm PST |
|A different story:
Storm's desire for water increases significantly when we are out and about. It's almost like a hobby for him!
The first day that I took Storm to work (I work at a pet store) he excitedly sucked the store's Drinkwell dry several times despite drinking at home and a minimal level of activity. As a result, he spent the afternoon leaving Beardie-sized puddles all over the floor. This was extremely strange behavior for him - but, still, his thirst seemed insatiable.
I finally stepped in and restricted his water intake. He eventually stopped peeing and settled down quite a bit. He seemed genuinely relieved, almost as if he was stuck in a cycle that he couldn't break.
While I'm not sure where this compulsion comes from, all I need to do is be careful about how much water he is allowed to have while we are hanging around town. I tend to give him a bit more than he would normally drink at home; that way I feel that I am compensating for the increase in activity and excitement.
At first I thought that it was a marking behavior (an increase in liquid in means more liquid for marking later!), but he actually never tries to mark while in this state.
This being said, I'd still recommend a trip to the vet to rule anything strange out.
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