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What is Lack of Bladder Control?

Lack of bladder control is referred to as urinary incontinence in and is a term used to describe a portion of the lower urinary system failing to operate adequately. The urinary system is controlled by nerve receptors, smooth muscles, and pressure from inside the bladder. When the urinary system is compromised by an infection, bladder stone, mass, or hormones, the feline will strain to control urinary leakage. The feline will often urinate at inappropriate times and the skin around the elimination organs will develop a rash from the highly acidic urine soaking his/her fur. Lack of bladder control in cats can be frustrating for cat owners, but more importantly, will cause your cat a great deal of distress and must be addressed by a veterinary professional. 

If your cat is having a difficult time making it to the litter box, dribbles urine, or leaves puddles around the home, she could be suffering from lack of bladder control. Lack of bladder control in cats is a medical condition resulting from underlying issues that are causing the feline to lose control of her bladder muscles. The bladder is a hollow organ that stores filtered waste until it has reached full capacity. Once the bladder is full, the muscle contracts, sending messages to the brain, which gives the cat the “urge” to urinate. In a cat with a healthy bladder, the feline can control the sphincter muscles until the appropriate time and location. However, elderly cats, cats that have given birth, and those with underlying disease or infection, may no longer have full control of these muscles. 

Symptoms of Lack of Bladder Control in Cats

The first signs of lack of bladder control a cat owner will notice are puddles of urine on the carpet, furniture and around the home. A pet owner may first believe lack of bladder control to be a behavioral problem, known as periuria. Periuria is a feline behavioral disorder that the cat controls, whereas urinary incontinence is uncontrollable, with symptoms including: 

  • Wet fur surrounding the vulva or penis
  • Rash or inflamed skin around the external urinary organs
  • Damp fur along the feline’s underbelly and legs
  • Involuntary dribbling of urine
  • Urinating at inappropriate times
  • Puddles of urine around the home and in the cat bed

Types 

There are several types of lack of bladder control in cats. 

Paradoxical Incontinence

Lack of bladder control is caused by an obstruction of the urethra, preventing urine to be voided from the body. Paradoxical incontinence is commonly caused by bladder stones and reflex dyssynergia.  

Overflow Incontinence

Lack of bladder control is caused by impaired muscle function and a disorder of the lower bladder neurons. The bladder literally overflows with urine because the neurons fail to signal the brain and pressure in the bladder becomes too great for the sphincter muscle. Overflow incontinence is usually caused by neurological problems or illness.

Urethral Sphincter Incompetence

Lack of bladder control is caused by the weakening of the urethra. The sphincter muscle that holds urine until the bladder is completely full has become weak and now leaks urine when resting, or upon abdominal pressure or coughing. Urethral sphincter incompetence is a common problem for felines that have given birth, are pregnant, or have reached a mature age. 

Urge Incontinence

Lack of bladder control is caused by continuous contractions of the smooth muscles surrounding the bladder. Urge incontinence is usually caused by bacterial bladder infections, yeast infections, hematuria, dysuria and pollakiuria in felines.  

Causes of Lack of Bladder Control in Cats

Lack of bladder control in cats can be caused by a variety of reasons affecting the lower urinary system including:

  • Bacterial or yeast infections
  • Uroliths (bladder stones) 
  • A urethral plug
  • Old age 
  • Giving birth 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Cysts 
  • Trauma 
  • A mass causing pressure on the bladder
  • Nerve damage 
  • Lesions surrounding the brain or spinal cord, preventing signals from reaching the bladder to the brain. 
  • Ectopic ureter (a birth defect)

Diagnosis of Lack of Bladder Control in Cats

Diagnosis of lack of bladder control in cats will begin with a physical examination and review of the feline’s medical history. During the physical examination, the veterinarian may palpate (feel) the bladder to detect the presence of stones and the level of urine the bladder is holding. At this time it is important to relay the symptoms you noticed at home, when your cat began the inappropriate urination, and any new changes in the household. (New changes in the household, paired with inappropriate urination could be a sign of periuria, so the veterinarian will want to rule this possibility out). Additional diagnostic tests the veterinarian may perform include:

  • Urinary analysis 
  • Blood test 
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray
  • Biopsy 

Treatment of Lack of Bladder Control in Cats

The treatment of lack of bladder control in cats will depend on the underlying condition. 

Bladder Infections

In the case of urinary incontinence caused by an infection, your veterinarian may prescribe an antibiotic or antifungal medication. 

Urinary Tract Stones / Bladder Stones

In the case of stones, your veterinarian may choose to have the stones removed via surgery or have them broken down with shock wave therapy. A dietary change may also be made.

Mass

In the case of a growth or mass, the veterinarian may choose to have a biopsy done to reveal whether it is malignant or benign. Chemotherapy or surgery may follow.  

Recovery of Lack of Bladder Control in Cats

Recovery and management of lack of bladder control in cats again will depend on the underlying condition. The key to recovery in bladder control problems is detecting the problem early. Once your veterinarian has pinpointed the problem, your cat can make her way to a proper recovery or a better quality of life. Frequent check-ups should be expected with the veterinarian to ensure the prescribed treatment is proving to be effective. 

Lack of Bladder Control Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Trouble
Maine Coon
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Deficating outside of litterbox
Deficating otsude of u
Urinating Outside Litterbox

Our 7 year old Maine coon is having trouble controlling his bowels. He is pooping and peeing everywhere. GE won't use the litter box. We thought it was where he had hip dyslaysia last year in November an it didn't heal until January if thus year

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Sunflower
Not sure
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

urinates while sleeping or relaxing

We found my six month old cat, Sunflower, outside as a stray and decided to keep her. She has a problem that every time she is asleep or relaxing she urinates. She uses her litter box properly but almost every time she is asleep she urinates herself.

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Mars
short hair
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
Incontinence

My cat got in an car accident and they had to cut her tail off. Later we found that she had nerve damage as well and now she cannot pee or defecate in the litter box. She has to wear diapers. It’s been about 7 months since the accident and she still hasn’t regained that function. Does that mean it’s permanent and she won’t get better. She also has gotten very aggressive since the accident.
She loved my parents now she won’t go near them and she is very on edge. She will just hit people walking by and they won’t be doing anything. She has her happy moments but her aggression comes really randomly and I don’t know why.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Mars will probably not regain use of her bladder and bowels at this point, and this is probably a permanent problem. He aggression may be pain related, or frustration, or a leftover behavior from her trauma. I'm sorry that that happened to her, and hope that she is okay.

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Gypsy
Ragdoll
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

peeing randomly

Starting last night my 13 year old cat has started peeing in the kitchen, several places, several times. It's almost like she can't control it, because she peed on the dinning room chair as well like she was sitting there and it came out. She has never done this!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would be a good idea to have Gypsy seen by a veterinarian, and have some basic lab work done for her. She may have a problem with her urinary tract, or there may be something going on that is making her urinate more. A veterinarian will be able to look at her, analyze any testing that needs to be done, and give you an idea as to what needs to be done for her.

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Gemuk
Stray cat
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Inability to pass motion

My cat has been operated because of this a year ago. Recently he has been peeing drop by drop everywhere,without control. He is breathing at a very fast pace with his tongue out and quivering.he has a difficulty to pass motion.I dont know what that meant but we couldnt go to the vet with the same problem again.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different issues which may lead to urine dripping in cats which may include infections, weak bladder sphincter, neurological issues among other causes; there is no single cause and treatment so a trip to your Veterinarian would be needed to determine a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Finn
house cat
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

oily urine
Aggressive with our other cat
Not sleeping
Urinating outside litterbox,

My 3 year old cat is leaking urine. I noticed the area where I feed her was wet for past couple of weeks. The urine was oily. It had no odor at first then two days ago it had a very strong ammonia smell. Today she has been very aggressive to our other cat and hasn't taken many naps as usual. It is 2:15 am and she is up on her cat tree and not sleeping. My husband has noticed she is wet on her butt. I switched out their food with a brand from Sam's club that had meat as the first three ingrediants. Could that be what it is possibly? Please advise.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I would be surprised if the change in Finn's diet caused this problem, but it does sound like she is having a urinary issue. Cats can get bladder infections and inflammation, and it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at her, analyze a urine sample, and see what might be going on with her.

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Dark Lord Fluffles
Unknown
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

leaking urine

I just got a kitten and she hasnt used the liter box nor has gone to the bathroom anywhere but I have noticed that she is leaking strong odor urine and am not sure if it is due to the kitten being the ring of the bunch or what it could be. Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different possible causes for the urinary incontinence including infections, spinal issues, congenital disorders among other causes; you would need to visit a Veterinarian for an examination (and possibly an x-ray) to diagnose the underlying cause of the incontinence. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Moses
European Shorthair
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

FLUTD, no pee, bladder inflammation

My 9-year-old sterilised male cat can not pee alone for two weeks, he has no stimulus. Ultrasound did not show anything, the first urine test was good, but the second showed strong inflammation. He has an old spinal injury because of this he has always had incontinence, and often recurring FLUTD, but he always could pee alone. Now the doctor express his bladder every day. The doctor says maybe the cat has weak bladder. The doctor gave him only inflammatory drug. What kind of treatment could help my cat? Thank You for Your answer.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the urethra is inflamed, control of this inflammation would be the best course of treatment; there are other causes of urinary retention but without being certain that they are the cause I wouldn’t want to make any specific treatment recommendations. I’ve popped two interesting links on similar issues for you to check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/urinary-system/noninfectious-diseases-of-the-urinary-system-in-small-animals/disorders-of-micturition-in-small-animals http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/micturition-disorders-dogs-and-cats-proceedings

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Betty
Maine Coon mix
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Uncontrollable bladder issue

We adopted her about 2-3 years ago she was in bad shape but she has turned around and is doing amazingly, but recently we tried to introduce a puppy to her which she didn't take too kindly of, since then shes been having these accidents from where shes laying on the couch or chair and gets up and its soaked from her pee. Now I shrugged it off thinking It was because we stressed her out from the introduction (we no longer have the puppy) but it's been sometime now since that and shes still having accidents.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a loss of bladder control in cats especially as they age which may include infections, inflammation, tumours, hormonal conditions, weak sphincter among other causes. Without examining her I cannot determine a cause or think of an over the counter medication which may help; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and general health check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kiska
Maine Coon
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Urine Spotting

I've had this cat for about 12-13 years - she was about a yr
old and was ferrell when I found her. She leaves small spots
of urine when she is sleeping and sometimes pees directly on
my rugs even though she is able to get outside anytime. Is this old age, like older women who have leakage problems.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
It isn't common for cats to develop 'leakage' of urine, but it is common for cats to develop urinary tract infections and other problems. It would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to determine what might be going on with her, and what treatment she may need. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Jessi
domestic short hair
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Urinate

Medication Used

Loxicom ,carprieve

My girl is almost 16,5 weeks ago she started displaying signs of uti, so I had a trip to the vets,the felt abdomen and said she had idiopathic cystitis, she was given 2 injections, pain killer and anti inflammatory, a course of pills for 5 days.
We do the course and nothing changed, still dribbles and constantly in and out the tray and licking. I wasn't happy so called the vet back, they said they didn't feel she needed further medical treatment and maybe change diet to a urine care by hills. A few days later she stopped pooping she would strain but nothing was produced as well as constantly still trying to pee.
I again ring vets and make another appointment, again a feel of abdomen and a diagnosis of idiopathic cystitis, I was given loxicom and some stool softner. Told only to give the anti inflammatory with food as it can make them ill.
We had this for a week, now she had stopped eating and just picking the jelly off food, she also stopped drinking. Things were not improving after finishing the course, so they suggested an ultrasound of bladder and full blood work, I just Want this sorted for her. I'm preparing myself for the worse with her age, but ultrasound and bloods came back clear, just shown a thickened bladder lining. I go to pick her up, she did a pee in the carrier, but as soon as we get home she is back to going in and out the tray and producing a dribble. By now I'm stressed as she still doesn't seem to be drinking.im adding water to wet food which is still being left. This past weekend she stopped peeing altogether and started to pee a few drops on the bed, she was also now squatting wherever and trying to pee but doing nothing. They ask me to get a urine sample as it's the one thing not tested, but now she's not peeing at all,so they take her in, as she had a uterine tumour a few years back they want to do a full xray and get a pee sample, again xray clear no masses no blockages as she had peed while under sedation, urine sent to lab,another pain killer given and another course of loxicom, we get home and she instantly goes to tray but does no pee, we can't figure whether now it's psychological, all night she didn't urinate so vet wanted her back today. They press her bladder and she pees over the table a stream, they say her bladder feels less imflamed than yesterday when it was like a rock, vet seemed concerned she had a floppy tail as she just wasn't moving it just drooped down, so they Test for reaction by squeezing parts, and yes she has feeling in it.
Another pain killing injection and to update tomorrow, I also get given some hills veterinary and purina urine foods to try, I get home and again she is trying to wee and nothing comes.
Have tried to think what triggered this but just can't as nothing changed, the other cats have are 3 yrs old so nothing changed there, have bought a plug in to see if that alters things as I'm all out of ideas only option now is to put her in a room alone with the plug in to see if she stops stressing away from the other 2 cats. I just don't know what else I can do

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Zorro
European Shorthair
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Incontinence while sleeping

Two years ago my male sterilised cat fractured his back. He became incontinent and lost the use of his tail. After six weeks rest his tail was amputated but he regained the use of his bladder and bowel functions. Now while he is sleeping he urinates where he may be sleeping. While awake he uses the litter box.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
There are many causes for urinary accidents whilst sleeping may be due to spinal injury, neurological disorders, weak urinary sphincter among other issues; if Zorro had incontinence in the past you should certainly follow up with your Veterinarian to give a thorough examination and to see if there is a possibly treatment or medical management option. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby Roo
dsh
15 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of bladder

My spayed female cat is almost 15 yrs old and is having bladder problems. She pees where ever she is laying. Her bottom is always wet from pee. Any suggestions?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Many things can happen as cats get older, including kidney disease, diabetes, or urinary tract infections that can cause Baby Roo to have urinary issues. I can't examine her or comment on what might be going on, but a few simple lab tests may provide a lot of answers for you and allow her to be treated. A veterinarian can examine her, see what they think might be going on, and recommend any testing or treatment for her.

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Rascal
Taby
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

My cat rascal is an 8 yr. Old Male we have been fight with his health the last couple of weeks. He had lost wieght and his nose is always running so we took him to the vet. After they worked him and put him on an antibiotic he stopped eating so we took him in again.had him tested for cancer and he was clean. They pumped him full of more meds and sent more antibiotics home. He finally started to eat. This morning I woke to him having urinated all over my bed.

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