Your cat hasn’t peed in 24 hours, and you don’t know why? So, you should read our article below to find out the information about this symptom.


If your cat hasn’t peed in 24 hours, it may have got the urinary retention.

Cat's urinary retention is a disease that makes pet cat's urination extremely difficult.

As we all know, urine comes from the kidneys, and it is stored in the bladder. Through the excretion process, water, waste of soluble protein and excess minerals get out of the body through the "urethral tube."

Why don’t you go with us now to explore this disease?

What is the urinary retention in the cat?

Cat's urinary retention is a symptom that causes cats to urinate less, or not have the urine, stagnating urine in the bladder, a sign of urinary tract inflammation.

If urinary retention in the cat lasts for a long time without timely treatment, it will cause hemorrhage of the kidneys, bladder, blood urine. Moreover, your cat will be tired. It tries to pee but no success.

Causes of urinary retention in cats

One of the reasons is that the body is dehydrated because of diseases that cause diarrhea such as Calicivirus, Herpesvirus. Cats infected with helminth also cause cats to urinate very little, disorders of electrolytes, weakened bodies.

The second reason may be due to feeding cats with dry food, or eating salty but not drinking enough water, so the inflammation of the urethra and bladder will quickly come.

Urinary retention in cats causes them to become tired, urinate many times but fail. When we massage the cat's stomach, we find it stiff, and the bladder swells like an egg. The pet cat can still eat and drink, but if it is done eating, it will vomit right away because the size of the bladder that compresses the stomach causes vomiting. Gradually, cats will die due to urea poisoning and hemorrhagic nephritis, blood loss.

It may be due to tumors, urinary tract cancer, or genetic inflammation of the kidneys.

The other reason is that the cat lacks calcium, which makes them stunted, underdeveloped, especially for cats that are less active and live in low light conditions. The spine is bent, crooked, and painful; they will shout all day, even if their belly will bulge.  In case the cat does not pee for a long time, it will cause blood urea poisoning and death.

Besides that, if the cat hasn’t peed in 24 hours, it is probably owing to calcium dregs and kidney stones, bladder, urinary tract infections.

Some people suppose that complications after urethral surgery also cause the retention. This disease is often more common in male cats than female cats.

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What should you do if cats have got urinary retention?

Do not force your cat to eat or drink too much

In case your cat hasn’t peed in 24 hours, please do not constrain it to drink more. Instead, you should take them immediately to the veterinarian to decide whether the cause is urinary retention or not, then the vet will have a proper treatment course.

Add the necessary substances

The reason is also that cats are deficient in calcium for a long time, so, you had better combine the treatment of calcium and mineral supplementation together with the mobilization of pet cats to sunbathing in the early morning sun.

If you prolong this condition for a long time, your cat may become paralyzed and the disability will be difficult to recover.

Change the cat food

If it is due to food and cats don't drink much water, stop dry foods immediately, and give the cat enough water to drink.

If too much urine is deposited in the bladder, they should be sent to the veterinarian immediately to withdraw urine, against urea poisoning, antibiotic treatment for urinary and diuretic.

How to treat urinary retention in cats?

If your cat has mild cystitis, they may receive home care with antibiotics. If your cat has stones in its bladder, you need cat surgery. The cat will need to be hospitalized a few days before.

Cats will be sedated and equipped with a catheter so that the bladder is fully cleared. The catheter is then kept for 1 to 3 days, combined with IV fluid therapy, to remove all stains from the urinary tract. Then, when your cat can urinate normally, he or she will be sent home, will usually need to use antibiotics and antispasmodics to help relax the urethra.

Moreover, in case your cat doesn’t have cystitis, you can try some solution below:

  • Take an X-ray picture for clear identification and timely surgery.
  • Injections of antibiotics against inflammation and urinary tract antiseptic following the doctor's direct examination.

What should I do if my cat hasn’t peed in 24 hours

  • Drink Chlorocide 250mg/ capsule/time/ day for cats over 2kg, smaller cats use 1/2 dose.
  • Abstain from salty and sweet foods for your cat during treatment.

If your cat has got some more serious disease, it is essential to bring them to the vet.

How to prevent urinary retention in cats?

Take vaccination of 3 diseases of cats periodically every year.

Kittens must exercise a lot in the sun to have enough nutrients and minerals.

Using dry food must be proportional to the amount of drinking water in the body. Do not let the cat be thirsty or drink water in the toilet because the urine of the person has a high concentration of urea salt.

Do not give food too salty. This is the first reason for urinary retention in cats.

Look after the cat more carefully,

After reading the article, we hope that you will find a suitable solution when you find that your cat hasn’t peed in 24 hours.

You should pay attention to the daily diet and the unusual signs of your cat to prevent them from getting more serious diseases. If your cat gets some severe illness, you are certainly the first person to worry much.

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