Have you noticed your cat urinating more often than normal?
Excess urination can be a sign of a serious illness, or some type of bacterial infection. There are a few factors that will help determine the cause of cat urination problems, such as:
Excess urination in older cats is more common, and isn’t generally something to worry about. As cats age, it's more difficult for them to hold their urine for long periods of time. This is due to a loosened sphincter.
Sometimes cat urination problems stem from behavioral issues, like cats spraying to mark their territory. If you have a male cat seriously consider getting him neutered to help with this problem. There are also some other steps you can take to stop cat spraying.
A bladder infection could be present if your cat is peeing too often. When a cat's bladder becomes infected, you may notice the smell of his urine is quite pungent. You’ll need to take your cat to the vet for testing to determine if a bladder infection is the cause.
Potential causes could be: feline diabetes, cancer or Cushions disease. Your vet can do tests to determine if one of these is present.
Another possibility is that the kidney, bladder or urinary tract is blocked by a crystal or stone, which will prevent your cat from being able to empty his bladder. When his bladder is full, it will push against whatever is blocking it, causing it to leak, and causing him to urinate more often.
If you notice your cat making more frequent trips to the litter box, it could be a symptom of something potentially life threatening. Take your cat to the vet where they will check his kidneys, thyroid gland and check for any discharge. The vet will also give several other tests, including blood count, urinalysis and a water deprivation test to see if the amount of urine has decreased.
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