Lack of Bladder Control in Cats

Urinary Incontinence in Cats

Problems with the bladder often are caused by an impaired bladder or from some kind of obstruction in the bladder. Disorders of this type are referred to as incontinence. Incontinence is most likely to affect middle-aged to older cats and large cat breeds.


  • Involuntary urine leakage
  • Wet hair on their lower abdominal area, or between the rear legs
  • Wet spots or puddles in the bedding or sleeping area
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Inflammation of the skin around the genitals
  • Moist areas around the penis or vulva


Obesity is a common risk factor for incontinence in cats. Neutering is also one of the primary risk factors for incontinence, however, most cats will not develop this medical disorder as a result of the procedure; it is fairly uncommon. Other causes for incontinence may include:

  • Disruption of the nerves around the bladder
  • Lesions on the spinal cord
  • Lesions in the brain
  • Overactive bladder syndrome
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Chronic inflammatory disease
  • Pressure on the bladder caused by a mass
  • Underdevelopment of the bladder or other birth defects


Your veterinarian will review and address the causes for the incontinence, so that a treatment plan can be properly prescribed. In most cases, prescribed medication will resolve the issue.


The genitalia of a female; found on the outside

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