How Long Can Cats Hold Their Poop?


We can’t say exactly how long the lovely cat holds the poop as it depends on each cat and many other factors. However, we can use the rule of thumb, the cat should poop one time per day.

To be safe, you should stop every 2-4 hours during the journey on the road to prevent any accident. During the break, you should let the cat finish the business.

Even if the cat refuses to poop/pee at the first couple of stops, you still need to give them the chance to pee/poop after every few hours. Also, stops are good for keeping your cat relaxed, calm as well as stress-free.

Constipation in the cat

Normally a cat poops every day, but when this is no longer the case and hard droppings are produced, he suffers from constipation or constipation. This can be caused by various problems, but it is usually the result of drinking too little, getting too little fiber in the diet, and/or too little exercise.

What exactly is constipation?

With constipation, constipation, or constipation, the animal has trouble defecating. Less often, the animal has painful defecation. There is also delayed intestinal transit. Stool accumulates in the last parts of the intestine: the colon and rectum. The cat will start straining to try to get rid of the stool and sometimes show signs of pain.

What are the causes of constipation?

There are many possible causes:

  • too one-sided food: only eat meat or fish
  • move too little
  • not going to the litter box enough because of too few litter boxes in the house for the number of cats or a dirty litter box
  • nerve disorders that affect the function of the intestine
  • trauma or pain to the pelvis, back, or hips
  • anything that makes it difficult or painful for the cat to adopt a squatting position can lead to constipation
  • obstruction by a foreign object, bones, hairballs, strictures or tumors
  • dehydration or weakening from illness

Not always clear

A cat with constipation may go unnoticed by its owner for some time. Most cats are not walked by the owner but, like many other things, arrange this themselves. The cat either goes to the litter box or does the need outside. So if the bowel movement is difficult, it escapes the owner. Also, not all cats produce feces every day. There are many cats who have faeces every other day, without any discomfort.

How do I know if my cat is constipated?

A cat with constipation is more likely to go to the box and press or show restless behavior on the box. Some cats will meow plaintively. Small, rock-hard stools can often be seen in the tank. Sometimes liquid feces drip down the hard accumulated feces and the cat seems to have diarrhea. Often cats with constipation deposit their feces outside the litter box.

Constipation in the cat, these are the complaints

The owner should notice that no more feces are produced in the litter box or maybe only some small hard pooches. We also see the cat always go to the litter box, where nothing is produced under plaintive meowing. Note: the latter can also be an indication of a blockage of the urethra and then the advice is to go to the vet immediately. Over time, slimming can occur because the cat starts to eat less and the belly slowly fills up due to the overfilled intestine.

Overfill of the large intestine

So another cause can be a colon overload, called megacolon. On examination of the abdomen, the vet feels a strongly dilated colon in front of the pelvis, which is full of accumulated and dried stool. The intestine can be stretched in such a way that nerve damage occurs in the intestinal wall, causing further loss of function and the intestine moving even less (peristalsis). The anomaly can be clearly seen on an X-ray.

Three groups of causes are distinguished. In most cases, no cause can be found and this is called idiopathic megacolon. Secondly, a hereditary form is known. Third and last, there are problems obtained. An example of this is stress, which causes a cat to defecate. This can occur with an incorrectly placed litter box, changed litter, or changes in the living environment, such as moving house or a new animal or baby. In long-haired cats, a large amount of licked hair can lead to blockage. In kidney disease, a cat loses a lot of fluid, causing the stool in the intestine to dry out. Finally, pain (for example from the back) or pelvic problems (fracture or tumor) can be a reason why a cat cannot or will not defecate.