Cat Kidney Disease

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Did you know that 1 in 3 cats will develop chronic kidney disease over their lifetime? 

Sadly, we vets see cats with chronic kidney disease all too frequently. Approximately 1 in 3 of our furry friends will develop this condition, and unfortunately it can have fatal consequences, especially for those over the age of 5.

Early detection is vital in giving us the best chance of slowing the progression of this devastating, yet all-too-common illness.

Thanks to a revolutionary new blood test, we can now diagnose kidney disease months, or even years, earlier, meaning we can start treatment sooner. Simply switching to a special kidney diet and potentially prescribing specific medications can help affected cats live longer, happier and healthier lives.

What are the symptoms?

Chronic kidney disease develops silently over many months, or even years, initially without any outward symptoms.

When clinical signs do occur, they can be subtle and hard to detect. That’s why we recommend screening for all our feline patients over the age of 5. But if you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, we’d urge you to bring your pets in to see us at your earliest convenience.

  • Drinking and urinating more
  • A loss of appetite
  • A dull matted coat
  • Sleeping more than normal
  • Grooming less
  • Bad breath
  • Sunken eyes and a drawn look (signs of dehydration)

These symptoms can be related to other conditions, so it's best to carry out a health check and get to the root cause.

We appreciate that your pets may have had blood tests in the past, but these won’t have specifically measured their kidney function, which declines as cats age. Like you, we'll be hoping for a normal result for your pets, and the results will serve as a baseline if we need to repeat the test in the future.

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