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Kidney Disease in Cats

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How Can I Care for my Cat at Home?

Be diligent with your cat’s eating regimen, keeping strictly to the diet your vet has prescribed. Always give her access to clean, fresh water, keep your home environment as calm as possible and make sure she has routine medical checkups and tests as advised by your vet.

How Can Kidney Problems Be Prevented?

Do not give your cat any over-the-counter medications without instruction by your veterinarian, and make sure she has access to fresh water at all times.

What Happens if a Cat's Kidney Problems Go Untreated?

If acute kidney failure is not recognized and treated, cats can suffer varying degrees of permanent kidney damage and even death. Chronic kidney failure causes many secondary problems over time, including a decrease in calcium levels that can lead to bone demineralization. Anemia may also occur as the kidneys lose the ability to produce a hormone that stimulates red blood cell production. Ultimately, if left untreated, kidney failure is fatal.

 

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