If you just got your first feline companion ever, chances are you might see a problem such as this one. If your cat is peeing on himself, it could be something minor and something you can keep ignoring, but its better you don’t. You might not know it yet, but questions related to urinary problems are actually the most common ones when it comes to cats and pets overall. Just try Googling the phrase – ‘my cat is wetting himself’, if you need any further proof.
Of course, your cat peeing on himself might not be anything serious (since sometimes it’s just a sign of old age), but ‘spraying’ and peeing in sleep can sometimes be symptoms of something serious – like a urinary tract irritation or an infection, which if ignored can lead to some really serious health threats.
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Your Cat Might Have Urinary Incontinence
One of the possible reasons for your cat peeing on himself is a so-called urinary incontinence. This means that your cat’s bladder has been impaired or there is some kind of an obstruction in it. Urinary incontinence usually affects middle-aged and older cats, but also cats of large breeds.
Some of the symptoms of urinary incontinence are involuntary urine leakage, wet hair on your cat’s lower abdominal area, urinary tract infections and inflammation of the skin around the genitals.
Two of the most common risks for incontinence among cats have been obesity and neutering (although not all cats going under this procedure will actually experience urinary incontinence, it is really rare). But cat urinary incontinence can also show as the result of many other causes, like: lesions on the spinal cord / brain, overactive bladder syndrome, urinary tract infections, chronic inflammatory disease, disruption of the nerves around the bladder, pressure on the bladder caused by a mass, underdevelopment of the bladder or other birth defects and others.
If you’ve noticed any of the mentioned symptoms and you fear that your cat might have urinary incontinence, the best thing to do is contact your pet immediately. In most of the cases, all your cat will need is just prescribed medication.
Or Perhaps, Urinary Tract Infection
Here are basically 5 of the most common signals that point to your cat having a urinary tract infection, and you should always see your vet as soon as possible after noticing any of these:
- If your cat is urinating out of the litter box – Staying away from the litter box might be a sign that your cat is experiencing pain that he associates with it. This can be a sign of many other things (like cat not liking the new scent of the litter), but to be sure, you should rule out medical issues with your vet first.
- If your cat is urinating more frequently than usual – If you’ve noticed that your cat has been urinating so often that sometimes there is even hardly any fluid coming out, this might be a sign of a partial or complete blockage of your cat’s urethra. This can be very serious, and you should visit your vet immediately.
- If your cat is peeing blood and experiencing pain when peeing – Has your cat been experiencing pain when being picked up, crying or having blood in the urine? These are all very serious symptoms and you should see your vet immediately if you notice any of them.
- If your cat has been licking his private parts more than usual – More licking than usual can lead to secondary irritation
- If your cat has been experiencing any loss of appetite or/and cranky behavior – These can point to many different things, but it’s always best to see a vet after noticing them. Basically, any signs that your cat hasn’t been himself lately might point to a urinary tract infection.
Treatment Of Urinary Incontinence
Of course, it goes without saying that the proper treatment should always be decided by your veterinarian. The very first thing your vet will probably recommend is taking some appropriate diagnostic tests in order to determine the cause for urinary incontinence in your cat, and then, after concluding the real reason, your vet will prescribe a suitable treatment plan.
In the majority of cases, prescribed medication will completely resolve the issue and your cat will have full recovery in no time and no pain. In other cases, when your cat’s incontinence is the result of inflammation of the urinary tract or bladder, your vet might also prescribe some antibiotics. But unfortunately, for the most complicated of cases, sometimes there might be a need of a simple surgery in order to remove the obstruction on your cat’s bladder / urinary tract.
If your cat has also had inflammation, which is a common issue associated with this medical condition, your vet might also prescribe treating it with topical ointments and antibiotics.
If you’ve noticed that your cat has lately been leaking urine while resting, having problems controlling his pee, experiencing pain while peeing or just about anything else that might seem strange, don’t wait, in some cases even minutes and hours can make a huge difference, and visit your vet immediately.
And don’t worry, in most of the cases cats suffering from incontinence will respond well to prescribed medications and will have a full recovery in no time.