You might have noticed already that cats can pee quite a lot. As a pet parent, among the things you should pay attention to is your cat’s urine and urinating patterns. Your cat’s urine can tell a lot about the state of your pet’s health. The frequency, color, and odor of your furry friend’s urine can help you determine if your cat is suffering from any illness.
Cats evolved from the arid regions of Mesopotamia, where water was scarce. Because of this, cats have evolved to be not the biggest drinkers. Cats do not typically have thirst drives for water. Their liquid intake ultimately affects how frequently they urinate. But how much is normal? How often should a cat urinate in 24 hours?
How often do healthy cats typically urinate in a day?
On average, a cat urinates 2-4 times a day. However, if your cat urinates more often or fewer times than the average, it does not automatically mean that they are not normal. Other factors that affect how many times your cat pees a day includes fluid intake or even stress.
What is important to consider is the consistency of the number of times your cat urinates. That is why it is crucial for you, as a pet owner, to be observant of your cat’s behavior even in their urination because their urine could tell a lot about their health condition. Any change could mean something is wrong with your cat.
What factors can affect the frequency of a cat’s urination?
If your cat is peeing more than the average of two to four times per day or less than that, you do not have to worry. Cat’s urinating patterns differ depending on the following factors:
- Liquid intake
Your cat’s fluid intake is the most significant factor affecting your cat’s urination patterns. The more liquid your cat takes, the more that they have to urinate. Keeping your cat hydrated throughout the day is very important to keep them healthy. It is your job as a pet parent to ensure that your cat is taking their water.
Another source of liquid for cats is their food. Our feline friends do not usually have thirst drives. A way to make sure that they still get enough moisture is to give them wet or canned foods instead of dry foods.
The urination pattern of your cat will also change as they grow older. Kittens have a faster metabolism than adult cats. Kittens burn more calories and can digest their food faster, also making them pee more.
Adult cats, on the other hand, start to have a slower metabolism making them pee less. This kind of change is normal, you have nothing to worry about.
- Medical Condition and Medications
If your cat is suffering from an illness such as a kidney problem or diabetes, it is normal that they pee more than usual. It is then essential for you to monitor any changes in your furry friend’s urination. Their urine and behavior could tell if your cat has a medical condition you do not know about.
If your cat is on medication to treat a health condition, their urinating pattern might change. A side effect of some medicines may include peeing more than they usually do. You can ask your vet for any side effects of any prescription that they make.
Stress is also a contributing factor to your pet’s urination. When cats feel stress, they either pee more or not pee at all. Stress in cats could be due to a sudden change in the environment or when the surrounding is very crowded.
Those are some of the factors that influence your cat’s litter business. Do not worry if your cat is peeing more than the average of two to four times. It is not a fixed number – and what is normal for your cat might not be normal for others.
My cat is peeing less than usual – is this bad?
If your feline friend is peeing less than usual, they might have a condition called oliguria. The primary reason for this might be dehydration. Cats can go on for some time without having to drink any water. That is why it is part of your responsibility as a pet owner to encourage them to drink water and ensure that they are hydrated every time.
This decreased in the urine output might also be a response of their body because of a condition affecting their kidney or urinary tract. Once you notice this change in your cat’s behavior, it is best to see your veterinarian, to pinpoint what is wrong with your cat and provide the necessary remedies.
What should I do if my cat is peeing more than usual?
The increase in thirst drive is a condition called polydipsia, while an increase in urine volume is polyuria. If your cat is drinking and peeing more than usual, this could also be an indication of several health problems such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, liver disease, etc.
Although there is no fixed number of times a cat should urinate, a sudden increase in your pet’s urine volume and water intake is also kind of worrying. A visit to the vet should be well to examine your cat and know if they are suffering from any illness.
The cat is not peeing at all – what should I do?
Cats pee less than most animals. But not urinating at all is very abnormal and a clear indication that something is very wrong with your beloved cat. This could be fatal and should be treated immediately. There are several reasons for this condition. Something could be blocking your cat’s urinary tract that is why they are having difficulty peeing. A more severe possibility could be acute kidney failure.
Your cat cannot communicate with you directly. But if your cat is not peeing at all, you should waste no time seeking emergency veterinary care. It is clear that your cat is very ill and is in pain. Their bladder could burst if they are still unable to pee. Without proper treatment, this abnormality is life-threatening for your beloved feline friend.
What are other indicators that something is wrong with my cat?
Aside from the frequency of your cat’s urination, there are other things that you should pay attention to. These include the volume of the urine, the color, and the smell.
The volume of your cat’s urine can tell a lot about your cat’s health. You can examine this by looking at their litter box after they peed. A sudden increase in your cat’s urine volume can be due to health problems like diabetes.
In contrast, if the volume of your cat’s urine decreases all of a sudden it is a sign that your cat is in distress. It might be that something is blocking the bladder or there is inflammation in the urinary tract. Although these conditions are treatable, it could be fatal if not given immediate attention.
The usual color of a cat’s urine is a pale yellowish color. Any color straying from that is an indication that something might be wrong with your cat. Blood in the urine might be due to a cut in your cat’s urinary system. A dark-brown color is a possible infection in the bladder or even a failing kidney. If you notice any abnormalities in your cat’s urine, you can take a sample of the urine to your veterinarian for a quick test to know if something is wrong with your cat.
The typical odor of a cat’s urine is less pungent. Although it would be hard to tell how pungent a cat’s urine should be, you should be able to identify when the smell of your cat’s urine suddenly changes. If your pet’s urine smell more intense than usual this could be because of bacterial infections in your feline’s bladder.
A seemingly small matter, like urine, can tell a lot about your cat and its health. Any change in your cat’s urination pattern and on the things listed above is a clear sign that it is the time to call your veterinarian. The problem might be severe and needs immediate medical attention. It could get worse if you just ignore any clear sign of illness.
Now you know how often should a cat urinate in 24 hours. But other cats might fall below or above the average of two to four times, and that is normal. What is important is the consistency in your cat’s urination pattern. If your cat has been peeing more than four times since they were young until now, then that is what is normal for your cat. However, if there is a sudden change in that established pattern, then that is abnormal. It is something you should be concerned about as a pet parent. A visit to the vet should be well in order.
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