Cats and Kidneys

Posted on November 30, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , |

If you have had a cat and had the priviledge to watch it grow old and be a long time companion, you may be familiar with a common problem we see in older cats.  Cats are notorious for developing kidney problems later in life.

Kidney failure develops when the nephrons on the kidney are no longer able to effectively filter waste from the body.

Some symptoms you may see include increased thirst and urination, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite, hair loss, lethargy, poor coat or decreased grooming.  These are just a couple of symptoms.

There is no way to cure kidney failure, however, there are some things you can do to help keep a good quality of life for your pet.

1.)  See your veterinarian and begin with a treatment plan.  You will probably need to go in regularly to monitor kidney function through blood and urine tests.

2.)  Your veterinarian will probably put your cat on a low protein/low salt/low phosphorus diet to help decrease the amount of waste the kidneys will need to filter.

3.) Give supportive care by giving sub cutaneous fluids.

4.) Provide a low stress environment for your cat.

5.)  Give your cat multiple litter boxes and clean frequently, at least once a day.  Put them in low traffic area where your cat will not be disturbed when using them.  This is to encourage elimination frequently.

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