Your cat's litter-box habits can offer a good insight into his overall health. If your cat is visiting the litter box to urinate far more often than usual, or you're discovering puddles in inappropriate places, it probably means something is amiss with your pet's well-being, and a prompt visit to the veterinarian is in order.
Depending on the size of your home and the number and locations of your litter boxes, it could be that your cat can't always get to his litter box before things start flowing. He may also be avoiding the litter box, if it is unclean. Some cats will refuse to use a box if another cat has used it. Add another box or two at various locations around the house and keep them cleaner to see if the puddles stop appearing.
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The increase in visits to the litter box could be due to your aging cat's inability to hold it for as long as he once could. Offer plenty of easily accessible litter boxes to make it easier for him to find and use an appropriate spot to relieve himself, instead of your potted plant or bathroom rug.
Watch for Other Symptoms
Increased urination is often a symptom of various urinary tract and kidney problems, some of which are life-threatening. Look for other symptoms such as increased thirst. You're no doubt used to the deep-throated hack associated with an impending hairball, but take notice if your cat seems to be hacking and retching more often than usual. Observe whether he is having trouble urinating. Any change in his normal habits could point to an underlying, possibly serious, medical condition.
Visit Your Veterinarian
If you continue to see that your cat is urinating frequently, or if you notice other symptoms, do not postpone a visit to your veterinarian for a checkup. Your veterinarian will perform tests to determine whether your cat has diabetes, a urinary tract infection, kidney disease, or kidney failure. Prompt treatment of urinary tract problems can help prevent more serious disease and return your cat to his normal habits.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
Jane Williams began her writing career in 2000 as the writer and editor of a nationwide marketing company. Her articles have appeared on various websites. Williams briefly attended college for a degree in administration before embarking on her writing career.