Kidney Failure and Cats - You Should Know
Symptoms of end stage kidney failure in cats can vary and be very difficult to spot, some symptoms include dull, sunken eyes, inability to walk, body odour, confusion, refusal to eat or drink, pacing and restlessness, hiding and running away.
Kidney failure can be caused by different conditions that affect the kidneys and related organs of our feline friends. With chronic kidney failure, the kidneys gradually stop working over months or years as they lose the ability to filter the blood of toxins.
If your cat’s kidneys aren’t removing waste from his or her body, you may notice many signs. Additionally, indications of acute kidney failure include an arched back or stiff-legged stance and either frequent or no urination.
With the right treatment some cats that have experienced chronic kidney failure can still live a good quality of life for years to come.
These symptoms can also be signs of other illnesses, which is why early diagnosis and communication with your vet is critical.
While there is no cure for chronic kidney disease, if it’s detected and treated early your cat’s longevity and quality of life can be improved!
Depending on the symptoms and their stages, treatment options may include fluids to correct dehydration, vitamin injections, medication to manage nausea, supplements and other measures.
For cats with end stage kidney failure, nursing them in their final days will mean keeping them warm and comfortable, with food, water and a litter box nearby, as well as lots of quiet human companionship.
If your cat is in pain with seizures, regular vomiting and soiling, you may want to discuss with your vet the best steps for your cats overall comfort.