Cat incontinence comes in two varieties, urinary incontinence, and bowel incontinence. The more common is urinary incontinence which can be caused by a wide variety of causes. Here are a few of the common causes of urinary incontinence in cats, and some advice on how to proceed.
How to reduce the problem of incontinence
Sadly one common problem of incontinence in older cats is senility. They simply forget to take care of their own needs. Instead of heading to a litter box they end up either dribbling urine around the home or having many accidents. This is one cause which will be almost impossible to treat. You will either need to make a decision to confine your cat to a smaller area to limit the damage or live with the problem. Sometimes the problem can be reduced by increasing the number of litter boxes in the home. Your cat may be forgetting where the one litter box is located, but if there are multiple litter boxes in all of their common areas they will be more likely to remember and take care and use it.
What to do if your cat is struggling to urinate
Kidney stones and bladder stones can develop in cats just as they do in humans. These can cause irritation, challenges with urinating, and possible incontinence. You will probably be able to detect this problem fairly easily. Your cat will be struggling to urinate and may meow in pain. Stones can be very painful. A visit to the vet is called for in this case.
Your cat may have diabetes
We love our cats and feed them rich wonderful treats and foods. This creates a problem which continues to increase with each passing year, cat diabetes. Cat diabetes is becoming a more common diagnosis of cat incontinence. If you suspect this may be the case visit with your vet. He is going to recommend changes in your cat’s diet and possibly medication. The good news, with proper treatment diabetes, can be controlled, and the incontinence issues will stop.
Why you should check your cat for urinary tract infections
A common problem with incontinence in humans is one of the major problems with cats, also. Urinary tract infections can rapidly cause incontinence and can lead to additional problems. Untreated urinary tract infections can lead to a scarred bladder which is much harder to treat. On the first signs of incontinence, it is wise to take your feline to the veterinarian and have a quick evaluation. With a few simple tests, your vet can determine if the cause is an infection, diabetes, or potentially stones. If it is an infection you vet will start your cat on antibiotics to clear up the infection. Once the infection is gone the incontinence problem should disappear, too.
One other cause of cat incontinence is leukemia. This is a scary sounding diagnosis but in cats is very treatable. Your vet may recommend a round of cat chemotherapy to try to eliminate leukemia and the resulting incontinence. As you are quickly seeing, consulting with your veterinarian is the wisest choice. Once you have a good diagnosis you can change foods, add litter boxes, or proceed with treatment. With a little effort, you can quickly put the problem of incontinence behind and the constant cleaning of cat urine.