Kidney disease in cats is a very serious problem. It is one of the causes of death in older cats, but it often goes unidentified. Once the problem gets to the advanced stages there isn’t much that can be done. Your vet may recommend a transplant or dialysis but those are both costly procedures. They also don’t take care of the problem. Learning the symptoms of kidney disease in cats can help you to get your pet the treatment necessary early on.
The most common symptom that will be noticed is that your cat will consume more water than usual. Pay attention to how often you are filling up their dish. If they are drinking more it could be due to the weather as when it gets hotter they will drink more. Yet when there is kidney disease present they may be consuming two or three times more water than normal.
Cats with kidney disease will be urinating more often than before as well. Most owners though assume this merely has to do with the consumption of more water. Sometimes a cat will show signs of having difficulty urinating as well. This can indicate that the kidneys are inflamed which is blocking the urinary tract from functioning like it should.
The problem with them urinating so much is that they will be losing a great deal of protein that way. Their body won’t be getting the vitamins and nutrients that it needs from the foods they consume. As a result their overall health can start to deteriorate.
As a result of this, your cat may start to lose weight. They may still be eating regularly but they body isn’t able to benefit from most of it. A large number of cats though will have a decreased appetite and they may be vomiting after they eat. These are common symptoms of kidney disease that need to be addressed.
Due to the body not getting enough nutrients you may start to notice a change in the appearance of the coat on your cat. Instead of being very shiny and soft it will become dry and stiff. This generally happens over the course of time though instead of being an immediate sign that is noticeable.
Since the symptoms of kidney disease in cats can also resemble many other health problems, our vet will conduct a series of tests. They include urine and blood samples, and an ultrasound to see the size of the kidneys. These tests will help them to confirm or to rule out kidney disease as the reason for these symptoms being present.
You should contact your vet right away if your cat is exhibiting the symptoms of kidney disease. The sooner it is identified the better chance there is of it being effectively treated. You don’t want to let this type of problem continue without intervention as it can lead to the death of your cat. Even if your cat doesn’t have kidney problems there are other forms of illness that these symptoms can indicate and that it needs to be treated for.