An incontinent cat cannot control his urination. The cat may leak urine or leave wet spots in an area where it has been sleeping. Feline incontinence is often an unknown problem, and there can be many things that cause it. Below are some of the main causes of feline incontinence.
Cause 1: The most common reason is lower urinary tract disease. This disease will often cause the urge to urinate frequently and could cause your cat to not be able to get to the litter box in time.
Cause 2: If your cat has had frequent urinary problems, the bladder may have scarring. This will prevent it from expanding to hold more urine, leading to more frequent emptying of the bladder.
Cause 3: Bladder stones can cause a blockage in your cat’s urethra. This will make it impossible for the cat to completely empty its bladder. The pressure when the bladder fills with urine may expel some of it. If you suspect you have this problem, take your cat to the vet immediately, as it can be fatal within a day or two.
Cause 4: A weakening of the urinary sphincter will often cause feline incontinence. It does not occur very often in cats, but it does occur occasionally in spayed cats. This is especially true if the cat is overweight. It is often the result of hormones and usually develops later in life.
Cause 5: Diabetes can often cause incontinence in cats. A cat that is diabetic will often drink much more water than usual, because the disease will make the cat thirsty. It does this to help the cat eliminate excess sugar from the body. Unfortunately, this will also make the cat urinate more often. They may have trouble getting to the litter box on time.
Cause 6: Simple old age can lead to incontinence in your cat. The bladder muscles can weaken, making your cat unable to hold urine.
Never ignore cats who must be let out to relieve themselves. The reason is that when you hold water, this puts additional pressure on the kidneys and bladder and can lead to loss of bladder control. Lastly, keep your cat’s immune system in tip-top shape by following healthy nutrition (organic when possible) and providing plenty of exercise, fresh air, and love.