HOW OFTEN DO CATS POOP AND PEE? QUICK GUIDE
How often do cats poop and pee every day? Well, a cat owner may wonder why on hearth one needs to find out how many times a cat goes to the bathroom. When we speak about litter boxes, poop, and pee, most cats owner prefer to know much about it and try to have others take care of this dirty job. However, cats owner should inspect and watch their cat’s bathroom habits to monitor their health.
Typically cats pee between 2 and 4 times a day, depending on how much they drink, temperature, and if they eat more wet food or not. Cats poop at least once a day on average, but they may poop more if they eat more food than usual or eat more than usual.
Let’s see what are healthy litter box habits and when a cat owner should be worried.
DO CATS POOP AND PEE AT THE SAME TIME?
Ok, cats owners should inspect how many times their cats use too pee and poop to make sure they do not have any medical condition and they are doing fine. But, it is more easier said than done. Should a cat owner stand in front of the litter box and count how many times the cat is going to use it?
Or count how many clumps are in the litter to figure out how many times a cat has used the litter? It would be easier to figure out how many times cats go to the bathroom if they would pee and poop at the same time? Maybe. But again, are they peeing the pooping at the same time?
Like humans, cats have different organs and channels they use for pooping and peeing. Therefore, cats can’t do both things at the same time. But, they can first poop and then pee, or vice-versa, in a very short time, doing one thing and then the other.
I have personally observed my cat using the litter box to get both things done. He first pees, covers it, and starts digging in another point of the litter box, and when satisfied, poops in it.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD CATS PEE?
The number of times cats use to pee depends on their diet, how much they drink, and the weather/temperature they are subject to. But, it is safe to say that cats normally pee between 2 and 4 times a day.
If a cat eats and drinks regularly, it is customary to see two to four clumps in the litter box every 24h. But, how much is a cat supposed to drink?
A cat should drink 60 ml/kg per day or 1 ounce/pounds on average. If a cat is used to eat wet foot, those numbers can change with less water intake needed.
Water intake necessary for cats based on their weight:
|Body Weight (Kg)||Body Weight(Pounds)||Water Needed (Ounces)||Water needed (ml)|
Wet food contains up to 75% of moisture. Therefore if your cat is eating wet food, you know that he gets part of his daily water from it.
Based on all the above considerations you can expect your cat to visit the litter box several times a day if he drinks as he should.
HOW OFTEN DO CATS POOP AND PEE?
Cats should poop at least once a day. Generally, cats should pass a bowel movement once a day to get rid of all waste from their daily food intake. Typically, poop should look formed, not too hard, and not liquid, and your cat should not feel any pain or discomfort while pooping.
As a note, if anything changes for a few days in a row, such as frequency, color, odor, consistency (maybe your cat has diarrhea), it could be the case to check with the vet if there is anything wrong.
If a cat ends up pooping two times a day, it should not be a reason for concern if the poop looks normal. If it is diarrhea or there are other problems with it, like the presence of blood, it may be a problem. If cats are pooping four or five times a day, it seems excessive, and it should be taken to the attention of a vet.
We have already seen that cats typically pee between 2 and 4 times a day. But what are the situations that bring cants to poop and pee more or less than they should?
MY CAT POOPS TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE
If your cat is not pooping or is pooping too much, he may need help from a vet. Here are some reasons a cat can be constipated and not go as much as needed to the litter box. But, only a vet can tell what your cat’s problem is.
Cats can be constipated for the the following reasons:
- Over-grooming – Cats accumulate hairs in their intestinal tract and thus creating a block
- Unhealthy Kidney
- Feline megacolon – It is the situation in which the colon gets very large, and the colon cannot squeeze any longer, creating hard and dry stool building inside
- Diets poor in fiber
- Problems inside the colon, such as tumors
- Spine problems or pain
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Litter problems, cats, do not like to go because of dirty litter or tray
- Side effects of some medications
- Nerve disorder
- Eating objects which obstruct the gastrointestinal tract
Cats can poop too much (usually diarrhea) for the following reasons:
- Changes to the diet
- Food allergies
- Food intolerances
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Worms (intestinal parasites)
- Pancreatic disease
- Diet high in insoluble fiber, typically low-quality food (when not digested, it passes through and out of the body)
- Food high in carbs can cause your cat to defecate more
MY CAT PEES TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE
Similarly, when a cat is peeing too much or too little, health problems may be at the bottom of it. Always consult a vet if your cat has such a problem.
Cats may pee too much for the following reasons:
- Urinary tract infection
- Bladder problems like blockage or stones
- Hormone imbalance
The name of the health problem related to peeing often is polyuria. Peeing often doesn’t mean that your cat is peeing in volume.
A cat can try to pee often without elimination means there is a block. If so, it can be a serious concern and require immediate attention. A cat can go to the litter box and urinate a small volume frequently, which means that he is not peeing too much. It is often a sigh or bladder irritation, stones, infections, or obstructions.
The other instance is when a cat is urinating in larger volumes than normal. Your cat’s body may be unable to regulate urine formation. It could be caused by too much glucose in the blood or kidney diseases that prevent fluids retention causing too much urine formation.
On the other side, why cats could pee too little?
- Bladder infection
- Bacterial infection
- Mineral imbalance
- Problems in the cat PH level
Technically, a cat that has a problem urinating has a Lower Urinary Tract Disease. Cats can be in pain when they try to pee or are straining too much. Cats can develop even urethral plug, which is life threatening. If your cat gets blocked, you have to see the vet and make sure to treat your cat in time.
Typical signs are cats trying to urinate, producing no or little urine. Sometimes there are even signs of blood. Cats could cry in pain and otherwise become lethargic because they are getting sick. In those cases, cats have to be brought to the vet for urgent care.
Here are some related questions and answers:
- How often do cats pee at night?
Cats pee at night one or two times typically. If they are sleep through the day and are awake at night, they may pee more. Otherwise, if they sleep through the night, because they have been active during the day, they may pee only once.
- How often should a senior cat poop?
Older cats have a slower metabolism, which means that a senior cat may poop one time every 24-36h. If it goes over 48h, it is necessary to bring your cat to the vet for a check up.
- My cat not pooping but acting normal, why?
A cat that is not pooping but acting normal can be constipated. Not all cats that are constipated exhibit the symptom. Cats may continue to eat and act normal despite it. If your cat is constipated, he need treatments, the vet can give him fluids or otherwise intervene with removing the feces and various medications.
- How Long Can cats hold their pee and poop?
Cats can go as long as 24h without peeing or pooping. But it is not suggested they keep their pee or poo often, it can create medical conditions.
Cats have their litter box habit, a bit like humans. They have to go regularly to the bathroom. Otherwise, it may indicate other problems. If you want to add anything or have a question, leave it in the comments below.