If your cat has stopped peeing, you have to worry. The question is not how long a cat can go without urinating; it depends on his eating habits. It is normal for a cat to go to his sandbox and pee several times a day depending on his age, race, and weight. If your friend eats and drinks well, is lively and active, stop peeing for a whole day is a problem. After three days, it can be fatal for him.
However, his peeing times may decrease if he has also stopped drinking as often as before or if he is an old cat. When you do your consultation with our online veterinarians, do not forget to tell us about his eating habits and how often he pees.
My female cat can´t urinate, what can I do?
The problem that your cat has stopped peeing is that he has an infection or a urinary disease that causes an obstruction. Unlike humans, this can be a life-threatening disorder for cats if left untreated. If your friend suddenly stops peeing, after three days he may collapse and die.
The symptoms that your cat is suffering from a urinary infection, or is about to suffer one, are several. To understand them you have to know how they do their needs. The kidneys filter the food and fluids he eats and drinks, then it travels to the ureter, then the bladder, and finally his penis or vagina if it is a female cat. The shape of his urinary tract is in such way it can clog and cause the dreaded incontinence.
If this happens to him, you will notice how he complains, how he goes around his sandbox protesting, snorting, and how he is able to produce just a couple drops without getting a consistent stream. When your cat is aware of the problem, he will start licking his genitals, hoping that it will heal and he can urinate. If you see these symptoms, get in touch urgently with our online veterinarians.
Types of urinary infections in cats
The symptoms are similar regardless of the infection he is suffering, but if he is suffering from some feline lower urinary tract disease, these will be more severe, showing more pain, and being one of the most serious of all.
The most common type of urinary infection in cats is cystitis. If he is obese, he will be more likely to get it; also if his immune system is depressed because he is sad, anxious, or not eating properly. This infection can be prevented with proper hygiene, both in his food area and in his home; also allowing him to always have access to fresh water.
If it is contracted, and it is of bacterial origin, it can only be cured with antibiotics that have to be prescribed by a specialist after a blood and urine test. Do not ever think about giving your cat human medicine or stuffing it with cranberries; this does not help. Only the specific aid that a veterinarian can provide will do any good to him.
My cat urinates many times but in little amount
Unlike with cystitis, if your cat has feline lower urinary tract disease, he will pee very often, only in very little quantity but with the same symptoms. That is, it will hurt a lot to do so, he will not stop licking his penis (or vagina if female) and it will also sometimes bleed.
In some cases, both diseases can be confused because if the feline lower urinary tract disease is severe, the cat will not be able to urinate sometimes. If he is in this situation, you will see him doing a lot of strength, as if he was constipated and struggling to expel his feces.
Don´t use home remedies for a cat urinary tract infection
The stones or an infection can cause FLUTD, as this disease is commonly called. As with cystitis, do not resort to home remedies to try to cure your cat, make a query to our online veterinarians, get more information about this problem, and meet the appropriate specialist in your city to do the tests he needs and give him the proper treatment.
In addition to cystitis and FLUTD, another common case that might make your cat have problems urinating is urethritis; the symptoms are similar to cystitis, as we mentioned earlier.
How to prevent urinary tract infections in cats
Hygiene, a good diet that prevents him from being obese, keeping your cat happy, as well as allowing him to drink all the clean and fresh water he wants, are the keys to prevent him from contracting one of these diseases.