Being a cat parent is awesome, but it does sometimes mean having to contemplate some less than pleasant stuff. More often than not, this is related to whether or not your cat is peeing and pooping normally. As gross as it sounds, being aware of your cat’s bathroom habits is an important means of knowing what’s going on with them health-wise. Usually, no. Cats do not pee and poop at the same time.
In this post, we’ll share what’s considered “normal” in terms of your cat’s bathroom time and take a look at some toilet-related health conditions to be aware of.
Do Cats Pee and Poop at the Same Time?
Cats are pretty particular about their bathroom habits and often prefer to pee and poop separately instead of going all in one place. It’s quite uncommon to find that your cat has peed and pooped in the exact same spot at the same time. For that reason, it’s recommended to have a few litter boxes to cater to your cat’s exacting standards.
This is especially important if you have multiple cats in your household. Cats are territorial when it comes to using the bathroom and aren’t keen on sharing litterboxes. Even single cats will likely appreciate an extra litterbox—one for pee and one for poop.
Another reason cats like to pee and poop separately is that they are instinctively trying to head off predators. Cats bury their poop for this reason, and it would be harder and less hygienic to do this if they’d peed in the exact same spot. Even though your cat isn’t living in the wild, their instincts are still the same as if they were.
How Many Times a Day Do Cats Pee and Poop?
On average, a healthy cat poops at least once per day. A “healthy” poop should be dark brown, not too hard or too soft, and shouldn’t smell too terrible—obviously, it’s not going to smell good, but the smell shouldn’t be overpowering. On occasion, cats get bouts of diarrhea. If this is only occasional, it should be nothing to worry about, but if it persists, something could be going on health-wise.
In terms of peeing, cats pee approximately three to four times a day. That said, some cats pee twice a day or a little more frequently than four times a day but are perfectly healthy. If your cat is urinating way less or more than the average, though, it signals a problem.
What Time Do Cats Poop?
There’s no “normal” here—cats poop at different times. You may notice that your cat routinely goes to the bathroom in the morning, whereas others will go in the afternoon or evening. It simply varies from cat to cat.
Why Is My Cat Peeing and/or Pooping Everywhere?
There could be any number of reasons or causes for your cat “eliminating” outside of the litter box. They include but are not limited to:
If your cat’s bathroom habits seem somewhat abnormal, get them checked out by a vet to rule out potential health conditions.
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Just like humans, cats have pretty exacting standards for the condition of their toilet and where they pee and poop. A cat’s natural instincts also mean they often prefer to pee and poop in separate places.
It’s a good rule of thumb to have too many litter boxes rather than too few. For example, if you have two cats, providing three litter boxes would be a good idea to give plenty of options. If something doesn’t seem quite right with your cat’s bathroom routine or they appear to be experiencing pain or discomfort, arrange to have a vet check them over for health issues.
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