If your cat is losing weight, constantly suffering from diarrhea and vomiting, or if you notice blood in your cat’s urine, do not ignore the symptoms because he may be developing a renal condition.

The bean shaped kidney is a very important organ in your cat’s little body doing a serious job of removing toxins from the blood stream and regulating fluids.  But when these kidneys develop an infection, it slowly affects this renal function resulting in a toxin buildup in the blood, leading to serious complications.

Renal disease in cats could be acute or chronic. Some kidney problems occur suddenly while other chronic problems develop slowly over a period of time.  Chronic renal disease is asymptomatic and starts showing symptoms only after majority of the kidney is damaged.   Acute kidney conditions should be treated with the help of veterinary care and diet management.

The causes for renal malfunction could be any of the following:  High blood pressure, cancer or more importantly any kind of infection, trauma, stones, and reduced blood flow to the kidneys.  Another common cause for feline renal disease would be the exposure to poisons – especially anti-freeze toxicity. 

Early detection is a key for a successful outcome, which is why every pet parent should be aware of the common symptoms of feline renal disease.

Symptoms of Renal Disease

  1. 1.  Loss of appetite and weight loss
  2. 2.  Vomiting and diarrhea
  3. 3.  Lethargy
  4. 4.  Mouth ulcers and bad breath
  5. 5.  Poor coat
  6. 6.  Constipation
  7. 7.  Bloody or cloudy urine
  8. 8.  Lack of balance or acting drunk
  9. 9.  Abnormal urinating patterns
  10. 10. Aversion towards litter box

How can you help your cat with renal disease?

Cats are sensitive creatures with remarkable personalities.  It can be very frustrating for you as a pet parent to watch your pet go through a renal disease.  If it is an acute condition, there are a few things you can do to help your special friend:

  1. 1.  Provide your cat with specially prescribed diets with low proteins and phosphorus - recommended by the veterinarian for a speedy recovery.
  2. 2.  Provide supplements with probiotics to reduce toxin build ups and allow smooth blood flow. 
  3. 3.  Be sure to follow a thorough medical plan with regular visits to the veterinarian, blood tests and prescribed medications.
  4. 4.  Provide a lot of fresh clean water for your cat to flush away the toxins and avoid dehydration.
  5. 5.  Create a calm environment to minimize stress.

Cats that are prone for renal diseases are senior cats, cats born with genetic problems, certain breeds like Persian and outdoor cats.  Senior cats become vulnerable due to age and poor immunity. Outdoor cats commonly develop acute renal problems due to exposure of toxins like anti-freeze. 

It takes a great deal of love and commitment to take care of a pet with special needs.  Make sure you stay strong and committed to support your special friend!