Diagnosis of feline incontinence

Feline incontinence is a somewhat rare problem that primarily affects female cats that have been “fixed” as they age. To make matters worse, if your feline friend has this condition, he has no control over the problem, unlike a healthy cat who urinates where he wants for other reasons. Male cats may have this condition if they also have bladder problems, but regardless, your cat should be checked out if this condition occurs.

Some main causes of incontinence in cats are:

Weak bladder: This is the problem that affects older females who have been spayed (fixed). The bladder sphincter weakens and they urinate involuntarily.

Diabetes: Your cat will tend to drink more water, as the disease will make her thirstier and can make it difficult for her to get to her litter box quickly.

Urinary Tract Infection – Like diabetes, your cat will feel the need to urinate more frequently as their bodies try to clear the infection.

Laziness: It is usually a product of the environment and training. If you have a large house, with the litter box too far from where your cat drops off during the day, or if you have behavior problems and don’t feel the urge to get to her box (cat incontinence is involuntary, but laziness can be confused with incontinence). When you suspect this problem, it’s important to trap your cat to determine if it’s related to health or laziness.

If your cat does indeed have feline incontinence, there are a host of treatments available to correct the problem, most of which target hormonal issues or problems associated with the neurotransmitters in your cat’s brain that signal the bladder to tell it when to start/stop.

Once diagnosed; You can find many of these treatments and medications from online retailers at a significant discount from veterinary prices.