The frequency of urination in cats depends on many factors, but it can be used to assess their health. Of course, for obvious reasons, this only applies to cats or a family of cats that are completely enclosed inside.
Feral cats don’t need to drink often, as they get almost all of their moisture needs from their prey. When you realize that blood is a big part of a complex animal, you will understand why this is the case.
Feral cats don’t usually migrate like their prey, so they have to adapt to local conditions. This adaptation is good for them, as many cats originate from adverse climates around the world: semi-deserts, areas where seasonal droughts are common, and areas that may be far from permanent water sources, etc.
Like all predators, feral cats don’t hunt successfully every time. It can be as low as 1 in 20 depending on the cat’s skill and abundance or lack of prey.
Wild male cats with sexual activity do not always urinate to urinate. Urine is used as a scent to mark its territory to keep out other sexually mature males. No doubt there are other reasons, but we don’t know yet.
All of this information pertains to your domestic cats, as they are not from the wild. So how does this translate into using cats’ urinary frequency to guide their health?
To add to the complexity of this problem, there are more aspects of the cat’s life that need to be considered before making any conclusions. Diet and fasting are the two most important aspects.
Let’s take a closer look at every aspect.
If feral cats do not drink alcohol and rely on the liquid content of their prey, it is reasonable to assume that they will not urinate until after a successful hunt or meal, as other predators can steal the spoil.
Therefore, if they have not eaten for a few days, they are less likely to urinate.
Sexually mature whole cats (and some cats with an incomplete physique, but keeping the whole male habit!) Tend to urinate less, but more often.
Now is the unnatural part of the equation; diet and incarceration.
Keeping cats indoors has unhealthy consequences for their health, so their natural habits will somehow change. Lack of freedom, lack of exercise, lack of direct sunlight, and insufficient earth energy experienced through the feet will more or less affect domestic cats.
As we all know, under the same conditions, indoor cats usually don’t live as long or healthy as indoor/outdoor or outdoor cats.
None of the above may be an area under your control. However, what you need to do is one area, and this has the biggest impact on urination frequency and the health of any cat. That’s a diet.
Keep in mind that cats naturally depend on getting most of their moisture needs from prey, and feeding cats dry food creates a real problem.
Although most cats fed dry food drink more water than cats fed wet food, they drink very little. This is not their nature. This means that almost all cats fed dry food will become dehydrated to some degree.
Dehydration is an acute illness and a serious problem, but if it persists year after year, it is even more serious. When a cat develops a chronic illness in a veterinary clinic, this situation is rarely considered because the vet is not trained to consider the vital aspect of the cat’s health. But this can be the reason or one of the main reasons for poor health.
A dehydrated cat will not urinate often. This means that they will not flush the kidney system often to maintain health.
Getting back to the original question of how often cats pee, it depends! But in my experience, a healthy cat has a healthy appetite, is fed a diet specific to natural species, does not have to indicate its territory, and usually urinates once or twice a day.