When you’re a first-time cat owner, there are several things that you don’t know about cats and, some things that you really wonder about.
So, most new cat-parents have some similar burning queries.
And there also are some things that you actually do need to know about your kitties to ensure that you are prepared and can take care of your cat as needed.
So, in this blog post, we will answer the question, “How often do cats pee?” in as much detail as we possibly can.
Not just that, we will also share some of the facts that you absolutely need to know about this as well.
Without further ado, let’s get started, shall we?
Generally, most cats pee two to four times daily.
However, in reality, there's no definitive answer as to how often your cat should pee per day. Other factors such as fluid intake also affect the amount and frequency of urination.
One thing that’s important, however, is the consistency.
If you notice a change in your cat's urination routine, consult your vet.
One thing that you must keep in mind is that all living organisms must eliminate waste every day in order to survive. Failure to urinate at all is a life-threatening, medical emergency.
Did you know that several urinary tract diseases can cause anuria? This is also known as the lack of urination and can even lead to total renal failure.
When you go to scoop your cat’s litter box, make sure you find clumps, wet litter, or other evidence of urination if you don’t use a clumping litter.
It’s really important.
Urinary blockages are more common in males and need immediate attention.
If your cat has been drinking and peeing more than she used to, or if she normally seems to pee quite a lot, tell your vet.
Did you know that increased thirst is called polydipsia, and increased urine volume is called polyuria?
While this generally isn’t a bad thing, it can be a symptom of a number of health problems, many of which are potentially fatal.
Kidney failure is probably one of the biggest concerns.
Other concerns include diabetes, liver disease, hyperthyroidism, elevated blood calcium levels, pituitary gland dysfunction, and a uterine infection, etc.
Your vet will examine your cat and consider any other symptoms, then decide what tests to run.
Also, if your kitty is on any new medications or supplements, check the label because in some medications, polydipsia and polyuria are the common side effects.
If your kitty is not peeing frequently or in small amounts, this condition is called oliguria. Usually, this is symptomatic of little urine actually being produced, rather than an inability to void what is being produced.
One of the primary causes includes dehydration which is most likely in hot weather.
Low blood pressure, kidney problems, liver dysfunction and trauma affecting the urinary tract are other conditions that commonly underlie little urination.
A trip to the vet's office is in order in this case as well.
Did you know that just like dogs do, cats also like to communicate with urine?
This is what we call marking.
If another cat is visiting the yard, your cat might urinate outside the litter box to say, “This is my territory.” When territorial marking, cats usually urinate on a vertical surface near the perimeter of their territory.
Male cats mark their territory more often than females.
Neutering your cat is one way to stop this behavior from occurring however, it doesn’t always work because cats that were stray before adoption are likely to continue this behavior.
If your kitty backs up to a wall and sprays urine at a cat’s nose level, this is a mark that contains a message for another cat.
“Urine and feces are rich with pheromones with all kinds of information that you and I can’t smell, like the age and sex of a cat, whether the cat is in heat, and what the cat had for dinner. Both urine and feces contain pheromones that are like a personal signature of a cat,”
Cats pee about two to three times per day on average.
It is extremely important for a cat parent to monitor their cat’s pee because it can be one of the earliest indications of diseases and issues. If you think that your cat hasn’t peed in a while, a visit to your vet is in order because it can mean that something may be wrong with your cat.
However, if your cat has been peeing too frequently, it is a good idea to ring the vet as well because it, too, can mean that something’s not right.
Being a cat parent means that you’re responsible for them.
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