If you’re planning on taking your cat on a road trip, then it’s a good idea to prepare for emergencies. This article answers the question, how long cats can hold their poop and how often they urinate.

Let’s begin.

How Long Can a Cat Go Without Pooping?

A cat might hold it back and go without pooping for 1-2 days. If it’s more, you have to go the vet immediately, because your cat may be constipated. Make sure to clean the litter tray frequently. If your cat is pooping everywhere, then he might have a behavioral problem.

Determining Factors Why Your Cat Hasn’t Pooped

The amount of time a cat can hold its poop depends on several factors such as:

  • Age
  • Activeness
  • Diet & Portion consumed
  • Medical condition
  • Injury
  • Infection

When Should You Be Concerned?

According to Cornell University, if your cat seems to be “straining in its litter box, crying out in pain as it tries to defecate, or if there is blood in the bits of stool that it has managed to expel.”

You should consult with a Veterinarian If you see if these changes persist for more than 48 hours, if you notice changes in your cat’s standard defecation frequency and if their feces change the odor, color, and consistency.

My cat hasn’t pooped or peed for more than 2 days

A possible reason why your cat hasn’t pooped might be because of constipation.

What is constipation?

As defined by Cleveland Clinic, “Constipation occurs when bowel movements become less frequent, and stools become difficult to pass. It happens most often due to changes in diet or routine, or due to inadequate intake of fiber.”

You can guess if a cat is suffering from constipation by the following observations:

  • The litter tray remains empty for an extended period
  • The stool is difficult to pass, and bowel movements are painful.

If defecation appears hard, lumpy, or cracked, then it’s an indication of constipation. On the other hand, if the poop is watery, then chances are that the cat is suffering from diarrhea.

Constipation needs immediate attention. Otherwise, it can turn out to be deadlier. Untreated constipation can soon turn to megacolon or obstipation.

What To Do?

We do not recommend doing anything on your own besides feeding her lots of fluid. Constipation can be a severe problem for cats, and it needs proper veterinary knowledge to be cured.

We suggest you visit a vet as early as possible.

Why is my cat not peeing?


Cats unable to pee are often known as blocked cats. Your cat can’t pee due to Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), conditions that affect a cat’s bladder.

One of which is cystitis, inflammation of the bladder. If not treated, it can lead to a more severe health issue like kidney stones.

Possible causes:

  • Stress
  • Injury
  • Debris accumulation in the bladder
  • Weak bladder
  • etc.

According to PetMD, you should take a male cat to a vet immediately. Female cats should be seen 24 hours or sooner.

For more information, We recommend you read these two articles by Vin and PetMD.

How often do cats poop and pee?

In an article by animalplanet.com, cats will urinate two to three times a day and poop once a day if everything is normal. Kittens usually poop and pee every day.

The amount of urine the cat produces mostly depends on the amount of liquid (even canned foods) it consumes.

Ultimately, cats that consume dry, canned foods will likely visit the litter box less often.

Cats behaving oddly when traveling

Cats do not like change because they can get very stressed. Instead, they like routine and familiar surroundings.

They want safety and security.

It is usual for them to not defecate for more than 48 hours when traveling. Even if you make frequent stops and give them their litter box, they might refuse to do their business. They don’t want to poop until they feel like they are in a safe and more comfortable environment.

See if, after reaching the destination, your cat poops or not. If she does, then there is no need to worry. However, if she doesn’t, you might need to give her a bit more time to adjust. Refusing to poop after reaching the destination is generally not a good sign.

Nonetheless, consult a vet if the problem persists.


Now that you know how long can cats hold their poop, plan your trips accordingly? Even if a cat can hold its poop for 48 hours, We’ll never recommend stretching the ‘not-pooping’ time for that long.

If your journey requires a long time on the road, then make frequent stops. I’ll recommend making stops after every 2-4 hours (depending on the age of your cat) so that the cat can finish its 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.

How long can cats hold their waste?

There is no definite way to say how long cats can hold their poop since many factors are at play.

Richard Goldstein of the Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine states, “Cats typically move their bowels one to three times a day…depending to some extent on the type of food they eat. You should seek veterinary consultation if your cat doesn’t defecate for more than a day or two.”

If everything is normal, the poop should come out comfortably. It should be brownish and well-formed (Sausage like shape).