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5 Reasons for Frequent Urination in Cats

Why Your Cat May Be Visiting the Litter Box More Than Usual

By Madeleine Burry. January 24, 2014 | See Comments

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Cats and litter boxes go hand in hand. However, there is such a thing as "going" a little too often. Find out the top reasons why your feline may have to urinate more than usual.

Is your cat urinating more than usual? Although it may seem like a simple shift in your pet’s habit, frequent urination in cats can be a symptom of several serious diseases and conditions. A trip to the vet will be needed to completely determine the cause and make sure your cat gets the right treatment. Some of the more likely contributing factors are:

1. Urinary tract infection

UTIs are the result of bacteria making its way into your cat’s urethra and bladder. As with the human affliction, this infection is incredibly painful and uncomfortable; since cats feel like they need to urinate as a result of the UTI, they will make frequent stops in the litter box, without having much success with peeing.

2. Diabetes

Caused by a problem regulating insulin, cats with diabetes have raised levels of glucose in their blood which cause them to urinate more frequently. 

3. Kidney failure

Because of the large role the kidneys play in managing waste, kidney failure can sometimes result in increased urination from your pet. 

4. Hyperthyroidism

This hormonal condition causes a cat’s metabolism to speed up, which in turn, impacts the other organs within the body, among them the kidneys. Typically, this disease leads to an increase in thirst and the amount of water consumed, with a corresponding increase in urination as well.

5. Old age

As they get older, it can become harder for cats to maintain bladder control. Put simply: The older your cat gets, the more likely it is that incontinence will become a problem, which could result in what seems like more urination, since your cat won’t always make it to the litter box.

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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.

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Frequent Urination at a glance

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  • 1There are several possible medical reasons why a cat may start to urinate more frequently.
  • 2Because it can be linked to serious illnesses, visit the vet if your cat begins to urinate more than usual.
  • 3When cats urinate frequently, it’s also possible that your cat will go in areas other than their litter box.