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How long can a cat go without urinating? And when can a cat become incontinent of urine?
A cat that is incontinent of urine may void very small amounts frequently, usually because they have had some form of illness or disease. If a cat has been vomiting for a long time or is dehydrated, they may become incontinent of urine. If you notice a cat with diarrhea, you can be sure they are incontinent of urine because of how much fluid they lose in their bowel movements.
Incontinence is a medical term that is used to describe urinary or
faecal elimination of urine or faeces, respectively. The two mn
types of incontinence are:
Micturition - this is the act of urination (also called
micturition). Incontinence can be the result of neurological damage,
or of medical conditions including prostate disease, bladder or
bowel dysfunction, spinal cord injury, and some medications.
Fecal - this is the act of defecation (also called defecation).
Incontinence can be the result of bowel dysfunction, neurologic
damage, medication, and many other medical conditions.
What is the definition of incontinence?
Incontinence is a medical term that refers to the involuntary release
of urine and/or feces. It is usually caused by one of two reasons:
either because of a physical defect, or because of disease or
medication side effects. This condition is known as urine or
What causes incontinence?
The most common causes of incontinence in older cats and kittens are:
- neurological diseases such as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
(FLUTD), hyperthyroidism, and spinal cord injury
- drugs that can be administered by mouth or by injection, and by
injection into the muscles
- bladder dysfunction caused by problems with the urinary tract
such as bladder stones, polyps, or a large cyst
Source: Wikipedia - Incontinence
It's difficult to quantify how long, as that's largely dependant on the cat's age and any conditions they might have.
However, if a cat does need to urinate, they will do it. My experience has been that cats have the same desire to urinate as we humans do and they will express that desire by urinating.
If a cat is incontinent of urine, then there are a number of things that might need to be checked, as this is not normal for them. The most likely causes of this are:
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
Prostate Disease (hyperthyroidism)
Spinal Cord Injury
Side Effects of Medication
All of these could be identified by a vet, and the cause treated.
Incontinence is usually caused by disease, or as a side effect of drugs.
Incontinence is when a cat is urinating but they have a hard time getting the urine out. This is usually a side effect of medications or a result of some disease, such as bladder infections. It doesn't just happen because cats are naturally incontinent. It's the same reason as when a human gets a bladder infection.
The cat may have an accident when they try to urinate and it may cause them pn, as well. This is a normal part of being human or animal. They are born that way. If it gets too bad, you can have the cat taken to a vet to have it checked out. It can be treated by a vet, and if it is due to a drug, the cat can be switched to another medication, if possible.