Why Is My Cat Peeing A lot?
In all honesty, I rarely see my cat taking any liquids aside from the milk I add to his bowl. So you can only imagine my shock when it dawned on me that my cat was urinating an awful lot.
Reading this, you might have noticed the same thing with your cat as well. But before we get into detail of ‘why is my cat peeing a lot?’ and why this might be happening, some background information is important.
- 1 What Is The Average Amount Of Urine A Cat Should Pee?
- 2 Why is My Cat Peeing A lot?
What Is The Average Amount Of Urine A Cat Should Pee?
Felines, like other animals need to drink liquids. You may not see your cat slurping liquids often but they do. The liquids they take in leave their bodies in the form of tears, saliva, fluids in their poop, sweat and urine.
On average, cats urinate every day adding up to about half a cup. If you are keen on your cat’s behavior, noticing a change in the amount of urine excreted by your feline should be easy. All you will need to do is monitor the urine in its litter box.
Now I do not mean to scare you in any way, but you should take it with the seriousness it deserves. If in your monitoring you notice your cat pees a lot more often than it should, there is an underlying abnormality and you should visit a professional vet.
Why is My Cat Peeing A lot?
Now that we have the background information, let’s proceed to the heart of the matter – why is my cat peeing a lot?
Before we dive into the reasons why this is happening, you should be aware that there is a difference between an increase in urinating frequency and an increase in the volume of urine. These two symptoms give insight to different conditions that might be affecting your cat.
Now, in the event you have not succeeded in getting your cat to pee in its litter box, or are using a different litter type, it is imperative that you monitor its urinating habits. Early diagnosis could save its life.
Cats that are diagnosed with this condition cannot utilize insulin efficiently. Polyuria and polydipsia are some of the symptoms related to diabetes in addition to weight loss even when the cat is constantly hungry and feeding all the time. The presence of diabetes is denoted by excess sugar in the blood stream. To contain this condition, your cat will need insulin shots once or twice every day for life.
Urinary Tract Disease
This was the problem with my cat when he was excessively urinating. I could relate to this as it had happened to this a while back. When the diagnosis was made, I empathized with his pain and discomfort.
There are several conditions that fall under the UTD category. These include urinary tract infections, bladder stones, cystitis and many more. A physical examination was conducted by a professional vet to determine the problem. You can only imagine my relief when the vet announced no surgery is necessary since there was no blockage.
Liver and Kidney Disease
Increased consumption of fluids indicates a problem with the liver or kidneys. The symptoms of these two organs tend to overlap and include vomiting, weight loss, depression and diarrhea.
Professional vets conduct urine and blood tests and take x-rays as well. The treatments for both conditions usually include dietary changes.
How Many Times in a Day Should a Cat Pee?
Most felines tend to pee between two to four times in a day. That said, I cannot definitively answer how often your cat should pee in a day. Why/ well, there are several factors affecting the frequency of urination.
Trying to give a definitive figure for the frequency is like trying to determine how frequent a human being should pee in a day. It is impossible as the amount and frequency and amount is dependent on the amount of fluids consumed during the day.
Since there are various factors affecting the frequency and amount of urination daily, it is a great idea to monitor our cat and determine its normal routine. Once you figure out the normal routine, it will be easier to notice a change in the routine.
Why Is My Cat Peeing In The House?
Trust me, I know how frustrating this can be. Your took your time to train your cat to use the litter box eons ago but she/he suddenly decides your carpet or potted plant is the best plce to relieve itself. While you may be at your wits end, confused, and raging, restrict yourself from rash decisions.
Your feline is not exactly happy about it either. How so? Well, generally, cats are clean animals. If your cat suddenly starts to soil your entire home, it is trying to communicate that something is wrong. It is best that you pay attention and listen.
Why Is My Cat Urinating Outside the Litter Box?
There is a reason it is choosing to forget its litter training and it is up to you to find out what is wrong. The list of reasons can be long, but at the very top of the list include medical problems and a dirty or ‘public’ litter box.
If it is a medical condition, only a vet can help. However, if it is a problem with your litter box, you can solve it yourself. First thing you do, check if the non tracking cat litter box is clean. Cats hate dirty places, and since they have an acute and strong sense of smell, you should think of changing the litter box daily. I learned that some even prefer unscented litter. The best unscented litter includes the Arm & Hammer Supper Scoop and the Ever Clean Unscented Cat Litter.
Also, have you ever noticed how cats love their privacy? If you haven’t, now you do, they relish their privacy. Set up the litter box in an area with less traffic.
How Do I get My Cat to Stop Urinating on the floor?
We have already established that this is frustrating and that most times, the cat is not happy to be doing so either. To help him stop, the first thing is to take her to the vet.
After, and this should be immediately you notice the urine on the floor, clean the soiled spot with an enzymatic cleaner. Do not make the same mistake I made by using an ammonia based cleaner. Using ammonia based cleaner made my cat pee on the same spot more often.
I later learned that it translated this as another cat’s urine and was trying it up with its own as a sign of marking its territory. That said, if you can, consider professional carpet cleaning.
You can also place a litter box over the spot your cat loves urinating. Once it has gotten used to the litter box, move the litter box an inch daily until it is back to its original spot.
As pointed out above, the reasons for this are numerous. There isn’t a single solution that fits all. But since the health and happiness of your feline friend is a priority, in the event you notice any change in its urinating behavior, alert your vet as soon as possible. It better be a false alarm that be a case of delayed treatment leading to the worsening of the condition.