Kidney Disease in Cats

Chronic Kidney disease (CKD) is a common progressive disease in the older cat. It affects up to 30% of cats over 10 years old. Cats are very good at ‘hiding’ early signs of illness which is one of the reasons why routine health checks are so important in older cats.

Unfortunately, the disease cannot be cured because the active units of the kidney are progressively and permanently destroyed. However, there are lots of things we can do to manage the condition. The aim of treatment is to slow the progression of the disease and preserve the remaining healthy kidney function for as long as possible. We also aim to ensure symptoms associated with kidney disease are minimised to give your cat a good quality of life.

Some of the signs of kidney disease you may see in your cat are increased thirst, increased toileting, weight loss, nausea/vomiting, and/or poor appetite.

Diagnosis of renal disease is based on detailed questioning and examination of your cat. This is often followed up with further diagnostic tests, such as blood samples, urine samples, blood pressure checks and sometimes kidney ultrasound.

We then tailor make an individual treatment plan for your cat, depending on the severity of disease, clinical signs and what works for you and your cat.

In hot weather it is easy for cats to get dehydrated. This can have a knock-on effect on the kidneys and tip cats with kidney disease, who have been coping ok, over the edge into kidney failure. If your cat becomes very inappetant or very lethargic in hot weather, it is worth getting them checked.

If you have any concerns about your cat, or have an older cat and feel that you would like a health check, please get in touch and we can arrange a check-up with one of our vets.