Tuesday, July 16, 2024

How Often Do Adult Cats Go Pee? 3 Surprising Facts

How Often Do Adult Cats Go Pee? I can still recollect the memories of the first time I adopted a cat. I didn’t know what to prepare and how to be equipped with the necessities needed by my cat.

My mom used to have cats, but, those are her cats, and never get the chance to intervene in caring for them. When I had my cat, I had zero knowledge of parenting a cat.

One of the main challenges I face is my cat’s peeing. I don’t know how often do cats pee? So I don’t know when to clean up or buy new cat litter.

Another challenge since I don’t know how often cats pee, I don’t know if my cat is peeing normally.

My cat once had a fever and felt bad, which bothered me, and brought it to the veterinarian. My doctor asked me how often my cat peed. Since I work at the time, I don’t know how often cats pee. I didn’t get the chance to observe but, this experience taught me to be observant.

How Often Do Adult Cats Go Pee?

Our cats can hold their urine for 24 to 48 hours. It doesn’t matter how much fluid or food they intake, they can hold their pee that long.

If your cat holds urine for more than 48 hours, it may result in a serious health issue as toxins build up in its body. Remember that every living organism should eliminate toxins.

Generally, our cats should normally release urine two to four times a day. Though there’s no definite frequency, a cat’s fluid intake can affect its urine frequency.

My cat pee rarely pees

When a cat rarely pees and only produces a small amount of urine, it may be suffering from oliguria. If the cat can’t produce any urine, it is more alarming because the cat may be suffering from anuria.

If a cat experiences any of these cases, both of which can cause fatality. There are certain symptoms that you may watch out for. These symptoms may vary depending on the cause and severity of the medical case:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • Drowsiness
  • Collapse
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • A decrease in excreted urine
  • Pale mucous membrane
  • Frail

There are different reasons why your cat can get oliguria or anuria, some of these are:

  • Dehydration
  • Renal failure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low blood volume
  • Urinary obstruction
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Liver disease
  • Multiple organ failure
  • Organ trauma
  • Acute kidney failure


If you think that your cat is suffering from this, visit your veterinarian. The veterinarian will conduct different tests to diagnose the cat. These tests are physical examination, CBC, biochemical profiling, and electrolyte paneling.

Your veterinarian will conduct urethrocystoscopy. A urethrocystoscopy is done to see if the interior wall of the bladder and urinary tract is damaged. An abdominal ultrasound will confirm if there are liver or kidney issues.

If kidneys are affected, the veterinarian will conduct a renal biopsy. The biopsy will help the veterinarian to understand what caused the kidney problem.


Understanding the root cause of oliguria or anuria in your cat may result in proper treatment. There could be combinations of any of these treatments it will depending on the severity of the cat’s medical care. Veterinarians usually prescribe and conduct the following treatments.:

Fluid therapy

When the cat is dehydrated and won’t drink, an intravenous fluid treatment will be initiated. Before starting the fluid therapy, the medical team will take your cat’s weight to know how much IV will be given.

They will keep on monitoring the fluid output of your cat by inserting a catheter. Your cat’s medical team will keep on monitoring if its internal organs are responsive to the treatment.


There’ll be a variety of medicines that relieve urine blockage issues. Some of these medicines are furosemide and mannitol. Mannitol is a type of medicine that activates urine production.

This medicine is taken intravenously and usually will take effect within 30 minutes. While furosemide help in balancing electrolytes in your cat’s bloodstream which helps in producing urine.


If none of the medications above work, a hemodialysis order will be given. Hemodialysis treatment emulates the function of kidneys by removing toxins, and waste products, and filtering the excessive amount of fluids in the body of your cat.

If this is promptly treated, your cat’s life and health may be recovered and survive. It’s better to take quick action when the symptoms are observed.

More fluid intake and more urine

If the weather isn’t affecting your cat’s consumption of fluid. Otherwise, keep on drinking more fluids and pee more. This is a sign of a potential health problem.

Being thirstier is called polydipsia while polyuria is the increased rate of fluid when peeing. Though it isn’t a bad thing it can be a symptom for a possibly fatal disease such as:

  • Elevated blood calcium levels
  • Diabetes
  • Increased sugar level
  • UTI
  • Liver disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Pituitary gland dysfunction

Another reason for having polydipsia and polyuria. It may be caused by new medication or supplements for your cat. Kindly check the labels some medications’ common side effects are polydipsia and polyuria. However, these side effects shouldn’t be lasting longer, if you feel that the changes in your cat are unusual, consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.


How Often Do Adult Cats Go Pee? There’s no definite answer on how often our cats should pee per day. Other factors such as fluid intake may affect the frequency of peeing.

Any living organism needs to release toxins and body waste. It’s thus alarming that our cats will experience trouble in peeing.

Check out the cat urine color chart. Pretty cool stuff.

We need to be observant and attentive to the possible symptoms so that it will not worsen. If there’s any presence of the symptoms, immediately pay a visit to your veterinarian as it may be a fatal disease.

My worries that my cat isn’t peeing is not because of any of these diseases. It’s because he doesn’t like to use the new cat litter box I bought for him.

Have you observed how often does your cat pee? Have you ever try to consult with a veterinarian regarding your cat’s urine? Share it with us!

Serina Russow
Serina Russowhttp://smartcatlovers.org
Hey there, I'm Serina, your friendly feline fanatic! As the proud founder of "Smart cat lovers," I'm on a mission to share my passion for all things cat-related. With years of experience in cat behavior and health, I'm here to provide expert advice on nurturing happy, healthy kitties. When I'm not tapping away on my keyboard, you'll find me curled up with my four adorable furballs: Whiskers, Luna, Billy, and Charlie.

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