Cat incontinence is a somewhat rare problem that mainly affects female cats who have been “fixed” when they get older. To make matters worse, if your feline friend has this condition, they have no control over the problem whatsoever, as opposed to a healthy cat that urinates anywhere they wish for other reasons. It is possible for males to get this condition if they have issues with their bladder as well, but regardless your cat must be checked if this condition presents itself.
Some main causes of cat incontinence are:
Weak bladder — this is the problem that grips older females who have been spayed (fixed). The bladder sphincter becomes weak and they urinate involuntarily.
Diabetes — your cat will tend to drink more water, since the disease will make them more thirsty and can make it hard for them to get to their litter box quickly.
Urinary tract infection — like diabetes, your cat will feel the need to urinate more often as their bodies are trying to flush the infection out.
Laziness — this is normally a product of environment and training. If you have a large house, with the litter box a long way away from where your cat plops themselves for the day — or they have behavioral problems and don’t feel the urgency to get to their box (cat incontinence is involuntary, but laziness can be mistaken for incontinence). When you suspect this problem it’s important to catch your cat to determine if it’s health related or laziness.
If your cat does indeed have feline incontinence, there are a wealth of treatments available to correct the problem — most of which target hormonal problems, or issues associated with the neurotransmitters in your cat’s brain that send a signal to the bladder to tell it when to start/stop.
Once diagnosed; you can find many of these treatments and medications from online retailers at a significant discount over veterinarian prices.