Kidney Disease in Cats: Symptoms

Kidney Disease in Cats: SymptomsSigns of illness that reflect cat disease symptoms of kidney (renal) disease are common in older cats and often go undetected.

It is important for people to watch their cats for signs of disease that might suggest kidney disease.  Cats tend to hide signs of illness making it difficult for owners to identify that something might be wrong, and that their cat might have kidney disease.

Disease symptoms of renal disease in the cat often include nausea, secondary to the inability of the kidneys to remove by-products of metabolism that can be toxic to the body.  Signs of nausea in cats include a decreased appetite, weight loss and vomiting.

Kidneys begin to wear out and work less efficiently as cats age.  Increased thirst is one of the most common cat disease symptoms of renal disease.  Increased thirst is a result of decreased ability of the kidneys to retain fluid.  Cats will urinate larger volumes of urine more frequently.  As a result, cats will typically drink more water than normal.  The urine will not be as concentrated and therefore will not be as yellow, but rather more pale in color.

There are things you can do to avoid development of kidney disease in your cat.   First and foremost is to monitor your pet for evidence of cat disease symptoms of renal disease by monitoring for signs of the disease.  If your cat is eating less, drinking more water, losing weight or vomiting, it could be a sign of renal disease.  Secondly, routine physical exams, blood tests and urinalysis to monitor renal function may be advised.  The older your cat, the more frequent these evaluations should be performed.  Early detection of cats for renal disease allows for early intervention that can reverse the process.

Cats are stoic and tend to hide signs of disease.  Without careful observation, signs of cat disease symptoms of renal disease can be easily overlooked.  To limit the complications associated with kidney disease, early detection is crucial to successful management of the condition.

Click here to learn about acute kidney disease in cats.

Click here to learn about chronic kidney disease in cats.

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Dr Stephen Atwater

Stephen W. Atwater, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (oncology) is a board-certified veterinary oncology specialist. His professional interests include utilizing emerging therapies for difficult to treat cancers.

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