Inappropriate urination in cats is a common problem and one that I’m passionate about helping. I’ve had problems with my own cats in the past and know how frustrating it can be.

Below are three common questions we get on the phone with answers:

3. My cat can’t urinate. What should I do?

This is a potential very serious emergency. When a cat is straining in the box, we can’t tell if he (most often male) or she is empty and just straining and painful or blocked (can’t urinate because he is plugged). A blockage is a life-threatening emergency and extremely painful condition. Untreated, cats die.

Recommendation:All cats with straining and frequent attempts to urinate should be evaluated asap.Call us!

2. My cat is going in and out of the litter box. Should I be concerned?

YES! Same as above. it is difficult to tell by this behavior if your cat feels like he has to go or is obstructed.

3. My cat pees on my bed several times a month. What can I do?

This could be a behavioral problem or it could be a medical problem. Some cats with urinary tract irritation, bladder stones or infection can exhibit this behavior.

Recommendation:All cats with urinary symptoms should be evaluated to ensure it is not a medical problem that we can treat and get advice if it is a behavioral problem. We will collect a urine sample and make the determination.