Health

April 2015 Issue

When Seniors Lose Bladder Control

Causes of age-related urinary incontinence range from blockages and disease to the environment

If your cat is more than 10 years of age, and you see him arising from a nap in a puddle of urine or with a moist rear, he could have age-related urinary incontinence. The problem, frequently occurring in senior and geriatric cats, has several causes. “It often results from urinary bladder or sphincter problems,” says Leni K. Kaplan, DVM, MS, a lecturer in the Community Practice Service at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “However, incontinence can also be related to anything obstructing urine outflow, such as a tumor or stone. The bladder may then over-distend, and the cat may ‘leak’ if he remains in one place for a while.”

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