Chronic Cat Kidney Failure
Chronic cat kidney failure or renal failure is a common problem in aging cats.
Kitty has two kidneys. Their function is to filter his blood and remove toxic waste products from his body. If his kidneys fail, these waste products build up.
Treatment is essential for long term survival.
Cause, Signs And Treatment
The most common cause is simply aging. The earlier it's recognized and treated, the greater the chances of considerably improving the length and the quality of Kitty's life.
Signs don't appear until both of the cat's kidneys have lost about 70 percent of their functionality. The cat's body copes quite well up to this point, but then suddenly can't any more. For this reason, the signs often appear suddenly, and may include:
The disease is confirmed by a blood test.
The build-up of waste products makes Kitty become very run down. His muscles weaken, he can't absorb nutrients very well, his tissues start to break down and his immune system weakens, making him more prone to infection. Initial treatment by your vet will try to address these problems, so may include:
Once Kitty comes home, his diet is a really important factor in keeping him healthy. Your vet will advise you on this. Click here for advice on health insurance for your cat.
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