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What is Peeing Often?

Peeing often is a health concern referred to as polyuria; not to be confused with spray-marking or urinating outside of the litter box, which is often a behavioral issue.  It is important to understand your cat’s toilet behaviors so that you can recognize any changes.  Peeing often might not be in volume either, and your cat may experience difficulty forming urine as well as feel pain while urinating.  Understanding the difference between peeing often and peeing in volume is important as there are different possible reasons for both symptoms.  Some reasons for your cat’s increased urination – frequency and volume – might include:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Bladder blockage or stones
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Diabetes

The severity of your cat’s frequent urination will depend on the underlying cause.  Trying to pee often but not in volume may indicate your cat is not eliminating enough urine due to a block, which is a serious health concern while the symptoms of a urinary tract infection will resolve quickly and without threat once your cat receives treatment.

Why Peeing Often Occurs in Cats

Why your cat may often be peeing will depend on the cause.  It is important to note whether your cat is just trying to urinate often or is eliminating in volume.  Excess thirst, known as polydipsia, will often accompany increased urination as well.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

A UTI is an infection caused by bacteria in your cat’s urinary tract and is the most common cause of frequent urination.  You may notice your cat is trying to pee but it only able to go a little at a time.  She may also have blood in her urine, cry while peeing, and increase licking and grooming of the genital area. Urinary tract infections are easy to treat with antibiotics and can affect any age or breed, but middle-aged felines who are overweight appear more susceptible to infection.  

Bladder Stones (Blockage)

A bladder blockage due to a stone formation is a medical emergency as your cat is unable to eliminate his urine.  Bladder stones are rock-like crystal formations and if large enough, may obstruct the neck of the bladder, which attaches to the urethra, preventing normal urination. A blockage can lead to a distended bladder and eventual kidney failure, so it is important to recognize the health issue and seek medical support immediately.  Though bladder stones can form at any age and in any breed, middle-aged male Persians, Himalayans, and Burmese who have been neutered appear most susceptible to stone formation.

Hormonal Imbalance

Frequent urination is also a sign of an overactive thyroid, a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a common disease affecting middle-aged and mature cats and is usually caused by a benign tumor growth in the neck. Hyperthyroidism can affect all other organs so your cat may have secondary health concerns that require treatment.     

Diabetes

As cats age, they can develop Type II diabetes, which is more common in overweight neutered males.  Your cat may be increasing his water consumption to flush out the excess sugar, which can result in more frequent urination.  Your cat may also appear hungrier but maintain or even lose weight, and he will seem more lethargic.

What to do if your Cat is Peeing Often

If you notice a change in your cat’s urination habits, it is important to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Peeing often and in higher volume may be the result of a serious underlying health problem.  Your veterinarian with perform a complete physical examination as well as ask you when you first noticed the change in behavior.  Your vet will also want to know your cat's eating and drinking habits, if those habits have recently changed, and what food you use.  Additional diagnostic testing will depend on your cat’s symptoms and your veterinarian’s initial exam. 

A urine bacterial culture is used to diagnose a urinary tract infection. The infection is resolved quickly and in most cases, without complications, once an antibiotic course is prescribed for your cat. 

If your vet suspects your cat has a distended bladder or blockage due to the bladder stones, he will want to see x-ray images to determine size and extent of the blockage.  Surgery or a catheter will be the next course of action after a confirmed diagnosis.

Hormonal imbalances and diabetes may require long-term treatments and care, such as administering anti-thyroid drugs and insulin.  More progressive therapy for hyperthyroidism may include radioactive iodine treatments or even surgery to remove the thyroid. Diabetes management may include diet changes and daily injections as well as more frequent check-up with your veterinarian.

Prevention of Peeing Often

A healthy diet and regular exercise is the first step in preventing frequent urination conditions.  Cats are carnivores and need higher amounts of protein in their diets.  Increasing protein and reducing carbohydrates will help your cat keep his sugar levels down as well as his weight. Additionally, make sure your cat has access to clean water and a clean litter box.  Poor litter box maintenance can lead to a higher risk of bacterial infections.    

A healthy diet and exercise will go a long way for your cat’s health. Obesity is a contributing factor in many conditions where frequent urination is a symptom.  By providing clean water, nutritious food, a clean litter box, and plenty of playtime, you can reduce the risk of frequent urination problems. Additionally, you should make regular annual visits to your veterinarian for well-cat check-ups, especially as your cat ages.

Cost of Peeing Often

Treatment for frequent urination can vary in cost depending on the severity and condition.  For example, urinary tract infections can cost $500 whereas treatment for diabetes can cost around $2,500.  However, the average cost for conditions related to frequent urination cost around $1,000, depending on your cost of living.

Peeing Often Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Link
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Little urine
Frequent Urination
Blood In Urine

My Male year and a half old cat was seen today by the vet as he has been urinating frequently everywhere but his litterbox. He has been howling when he does relieve himself. The vet gave him a shot of anti-inflamitory and a shot to help with his urethra quivering. The vet noticed a trace of blood in his pee. She did a urinalysis and a blood test. The blood test came back normal except high levels of stress. We are waiting on the urinalysis to come back. But tonight he is relieving himself very frequently. About every 2-5 minutes and only a drop or two every time. I am worried if he might have a blockage and what to do. Should I just monitor him for the night?

Research "Ash", a bi-product of cooking cat food, causing this problem. "They" used to say it caused these issues, now "they" say it doesn't, so it isn't listed on the packages anymore. My cat has problems within 24 hours of eating any food that has over 7% ash in it, and it goes away within 24 hours of stopping that food. I have to call the manufacturers if I can't find it listed online. More expensive isn't always better. Purina One and IAM's seem to be under 7%. I immediately give him wet food or baby food with a little water every few hours to encourage drinking, which is needed. He won't drink chicken broth. I've used a syringe as well as some say apple cider vinegar in chicken broth helps, but he's not too cooperative. ;)

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vittles
Cat
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

pees in small amounts at times

My 8 year old cat has been peeing several times a day for the past couple of days. she eats well, is an indoor cat only and plays fine. when she goes, she only urinates in small amounts. yesterday she did not drink very much at all but still peed.

Research "Ash", a bi-product of cooking cat food, causing this problem. "They" used to say it caused these issues, now "they" say it doesn't, so it isn't listed on the packages anymore. My cat has problems within 24 hours of eating any food that has over 7% ash in it, and it goes away within 24 hours of stopping that food. I have to call the manufacturers if I can't find it listed online. More expensive isn't always better. Purina One and IAM's seem to be under 7%. I immediately give him wet food or baby food with a little water every few hours to encourage drinking, which is needed. He won't drink chicken broth. I've used a syringe as well as some say apple cider vinegar in chicken broth helps, but he's not too cooperative. ;)

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Charlie
Cat
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble peeing

My male cat had stones and couldn't pee, I took him to the vet who placed a catheter in him for a few days, all was well and it happened again, took him back repeated the procedure, been 9 days now, he's on steroids and valium but only can pee in drops. Any solution? He's kind of fine and eating well.

Research "Ash", bi-product of cooking it, in cat food causing this problem. "They" used to say it caused issues, now "they" say it doesn't, so it isn't listed on the packages. My cat has problems within 24 hours of eating any food that has over 7% ash in it, and it goes away within 24 hours of stopping that food. I have to call the manufacturers if I can't find it online. More expensive isn't always better. Purina One and IAM's seem to be under 7%. I immediately give him wet food or baby food with a little water every few hours to encourage drinking, which is needed. He won't drink chicken broth. I've used a syringe as well as some say apple cider vinegar in chicken broth helps, but he's not too cooperative. ;)

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Tiger
tabby
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Urine Spotting

Research "Ash", a bi-product of cooking cat food, causing this problem. "They" used to say it caused these issues, now "they" say it doesn't, so it isn't listed on the packages anymore. My cat has problems within 24 hours of eating any food that has over 7% ash in it, and it goes away within 24 hours of stopping that food. I have to call the manufacturers if I can't find it listed online. More expensive isn't always better. Purina One and IAM's seem to be under 7%. I immediately give him wet food or baby food with a little water every few hours to encourage drinking, which is needed. He won't drink chicken broth. I've used a syringe as well as some say apple cider vinegar in chicken broth helps, but he's not too cooperative. ;)

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Leo
dsh
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals
Frequent Urination
Blood In Urine
Change in behaviour
Crying alot
Urinating Outside Litterbox

My cat has recently had trouble urinating, he tries regularly, both in the litter tray and out, when he does manage to go it always has blood in it, he also cries each time he tries to use the litter tray. He has been to the vets and had a full blood test which showed he was perfectly healthy, he hasn't had a urinary test as he usually relieves himself on the way there. The vet suggested stress related cystitis, so we gave him the medication and got a feliway, but neither have helped. He has always been an anti-people cat, he would sit on the back of the sofa, but never on your knee, you can't pick him up or hold him, but recently he has started sitting closer, sometimes even on my knee or under the blanket next to my legs. He has also started sleeping deeper than usual. He would have a good deep sleep about 2 or 3 times a week, now it happens all the time

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Nano
Domestic but origin is Siamese
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

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Had fever, frequent urination,.
Had fever, frequent urination,. Blood
Had fever, frequent urination, bloo
Had fever,

My cat with a history of chronic kidney failure with 3.7 creatinine and bun 94 according to January report, is suffering from frequent urination with blood in it. Blood clots are also seen after he urinates. He had fever yesterday but today he doesn't have fever but he urinates 25 times in just 9 hours , urinates a very little amount with blood and sometimes amount is more . His vet suggested me to give novidate syrup (Cipro) to him for infectionand vitamin k injection . But what's the matter .he is urinating very frequently and in pain .

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Snow
stray
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

In the morning my cat urinated like 5 to 6 times in small quantities, 2 times in her litter box and 3 time outside like on the floor, the cardboard box they always sleep inside... Tomorrow i am going to take her urine test to the vet but do you think it can be behavioral? Bkz nect week i am going overseas and the night before i placed my suitcase in the hall! She is so attached to me.... I hope it is nothing or else i will cancel my trip! Please give me your opinion if you had the same experience and what was the cause! Thanks a lot.... I am worried to death

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Belfi
Persian
20 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pees small amount

My female cat pees a small amount but she does it every 30 or 40 minutes and she pees everywhere specially on soft blankets..i took her to vet and they didn't find anything. I dont know what else to do and it's annoying by the way my cat Is uncomfortable too.please help me.

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Evie
Diluted calico
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My kitty is Frequently using the litter box and only urinating little amounts. She poops just fine and is acting completely normal otherwise. Normal food and water intake and playing as usual. What could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Frequent urination may be caused by a few different conditions which may include urinary tract infections, urinary crystals/stones, hormonal conditions among other conditions; in this case it would be good to visit your Veterinarian for an examination and urinalysis to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bubu
Stray- short hair
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

Hello doctor my female cat was urinating in drops frequently, I took her to the vet who prescribed ceftriaxone injection for a consecutive period of 5 days.3 days after the course of the medicine was over she is undergoing the same problem.What might be the problem with her??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Bubu isn't responding to the antibiotics for a presumed urinary tract infection, she may have a larger problem with her kidneys or her bladder. The next step for her might be an x-ray, lab work, or an ultrasound, and your veterinarian can help direct you which route to go. It would be a good idea to call them and let them know that she is still having problems.

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Suzie
mixed short hair
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

peeing too little

Good morning. My cat Suzie is 9 years old and yesterday evening i noticed that she started going to the litter box very often (every 5 minutes) until she fell asleep. Every time she peed, I went to check the litter box and noticed that she was just peeing one drop at a time. Only one of those drops, was like mucus.
this morning when I checked the litter box at 7:30am, there was only one drop.
Can you please advise me on what I should do? Suzie has been always a very healthy cat and I dont know if this is a serious issue or is something that will go away by itself.
This morning she ate breakfast normally and she looked fine as every day.
Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various conditions which may be affecting Suzie’s ability to urinate which may include urinary tract obstruction, infection, vaginitis among many other conditions; if she is urinating a small volume it is concerning since the bladder may become distended with urine if she is unable to urinate normally. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian today for an examination to be on the safe side since they’ll be closed on Sunday. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My male neutered cat goes into the litter box and pees in drops and sometimes he pees normally but the amount aint alot and he lickes his area after he finishes. tho he’s healthy. Should i be worried,? Coz my other cats pee alot

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Kona
Cat
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

My Male cat who is neutered is peeing frequently and only little amounts each time. There is small amounts of blood, and I pulled this thick string that looked like mucus out of his urethra. When we first got him he had a blockage and was taken to the emergency room immediately so we are familiar with urethral blockage and when I felt his stomach it felt nothing like it did when we had to take him to the emergency vet. It's not blown up nor stiff, but he is showing the same symptoms as if it was a blockage. Is there possibly another cause for this? We are taking him to the vet in the morning but I can't wait till the morning

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Kona I cannot say for certain, but there are a few possible causes which may include urinary tract infections, urinary stones, inflammation, trauma, tumour among other causes. Keep an eye on Kona and visit your Veterinarian in the morning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Olivia
domestic short hair
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not peeing as much

I noticed the other day my cat was going to the litter box and leaving frequently without using the restroom. We figured she was constipated and gave her a little pumpkin to see if that would help things along. It was more so the fact that I hadn’t witnessed her pee through a day that worried me. The pumpkin worked and she’s pooping more normally now. But she’s still not peeing as much (volume wise) as she normally has up until this point but it has increased to about a tablespoon. There is no blood, or mucus, and she doesn’t appear to be in pain. All through this she has had a healthy appetite, drinking, and running around playing with our other kitten as normal. Should I be concerned or could it have been attributed to her constipation?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It can be difficult to determine if a cat is constipated or having urinary problems, as they can both look the same. If she is acting normally otherwise, you may be fine to monitor her stool and urine output and make sure that things are returning to normal. If you aren't sure, or she is lethargic or not eating, then it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to see what might be going on.

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George
tabby
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Frequently using litter box
Licking at Genitals
Urinating Outside Litterbox

My cat George has been going in and out of the litter box several times in the past few hours and licking his private areas. He also peed a bit on my futon, which he has never ever done before. He is 7 years old, neutered, and up to date on vaccines. Every time I check the litter box there is only a drop or nothing at all.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3319 Recommendations
There are many causes of frequent urination and dribbling urine which may include urinary tract infections, urinary stones, tumours, weak bladder sphincter, hormonal conditions among other conditions. You should have your Veterinarian examine George and perform urinalysis to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Binx
domestic short hair
9 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Incontinence

Medication Used

bethanechol
prednisone

My 9 year old male cat, with a history of GI problems is urinating uncontrollably. He drips wherever he walks and whenever I try to clean him he defecates. He is now urinating and defecating all over my apartment - my bed everything. He has had numerous x-rays that show his urethra and colon are putting pressure on each other due to constipation. He received two enemas and left a very long poo on my pillow this morning. I have mostly been finding nuggets all over and when i try to clean him he will poo just a little bit.

He has been on Bethanechol and Prednisone. I have only seen brief periods of improvement with the dripping. They seem to be getting worse.

Blood tests show all is normal other than a slight elevation in white blood cells.
About a year ago i saw his head tremor and brought him in and his exam was normal.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1610 Recommendations
Binx may be having problems related to the medication that he is on, as Bethanacol decreases urethral tone, and Prednisone may be making him urinate more. The combination may be making him have these problems. Since I can't see him or evaluate him, it would be best to call your veterinarian and let them know what is happening to see if there is anything that can be done to treat this problem.

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Señor
Cat
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

This past week my cat has been peeing frequently in large quatities throught the day. I have been giving him miralax for constipation. Could this be causing it?

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Lu
Russian Blue
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

My cat is currently in kidney failure, which has been pretty well maintained with her diet and regular vet visits. Today she started going to her litter box every 10-40 minuets, a few drops come out. She doesn’t appear to be in pain. She is also vomiting up her food.

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Pepper
Short hair house cat
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Low Urination
Licking at Genitals

Medication Used

rx soft food
antispasmodic
antibiotic

I took my male cat into the vet this past Thursday (it's now Sunday) and he was kept overnight and treated for crystals. x-ray showed no stones. Vet kept him on IV and catheter. They removed catheter about noon Saturday and he was peeing on his own. The IV was left in a few hours longer. We picked him up at 6 pm Friday. Once back home, he filled the litter box with pee. Kept going again and again. We have Rx antibiotic, antispasmodic and special food. After his initial massive amounts of urination, we cleaned the box. He had one very small pee Saturday,and so far I only see a very small pee from this morning. His tummy feels firm again. Could a uti or spasms from the catheter be causing this or are we likely looking at another blockage? I'm not sure what to do. I don't want anything bad to happen to him. His vet opens early tomorrow morn (Monday). I'm concerned. He had this happen some years back and I don't recall there being any sudden reduction in his urination following treatment. He is eating fine, but not drinking. I do remember last we had him on vet recommended soft food, he drank very little, but all seemed well. On quality, hard food, he drank quite a bit of water. But we're on soft food presently. When selecting "severity" below I chose "serious" but I don't know if that's accurate in light of the above. What can we expect following treatment? Is this normal?

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