Urine Spraying in Cats
Increased Urine Production
Many diseases can increase the amount of urine a cat produces and lead to
urinary accidents and an increased need to urinate. Conditions that may cause
increased urine production include:
- Kidney failure
- Kidney infection
- Liver disease
- Increased thyroid hormone levels
Unlike cats with cystitis, cats with increased urine production generally
void large amounts of urine without straining. Other signs may include
increased water intake, poor appetite, weight loss and poor hair coat. Cats
showing these signs need to be seen by a veterinarian to have a thorough
work-up. Treatment depends on the cause of the increased urine production.
Inappropriate defecation due to medical reasons is less common than
inappropriate urination in cats. Even so, if your cat has defecates outside the
litter box, she should be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian, who will run
Conditions that cause diarrhea may increase urgency, causing a cat to
defecate before she can make it to her litter box. So it’s important to
determine if your cat is passing normal stool or some form of diarrhea. There
are many causes of diarrhea, some of which may be temporary or intermittent.
Severe constipation can also cause incontinence. Cats with severe constipation
may frequently strain to pass stool and do so in an inappropriate place.
In fecal incontinence, a cat loses the ability to control defecation and may
leave stool in random places around the house. This problem is usually caused
by nerve damage-due to injury or a tumor of the spinal cord, for example-that
prevents the normal control of defecation. Any cat who suffers from fecal
incontinence should have a diagnostic evaluation by a veterinarian to determine
the cause of the problem.