Kidney Failure in Cats
11 Signs Your Cat’s Kidneys May Be Failing
- Frequent peeing. While you might think this is a sign your cat’s kidneys are working well, it actually means she’s no longer able to hold water. Peeing outside her litter box is another signal.
- Drinking a lot of water. This means your cat is trying to replace the fluid she’s lost through peeing.
- Bacterial infections of the bladder and kidney, which develop more easily in the dilute pee produced by failing kidneys.
Weight loss and decreased appetite.
- Vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody or cloudy pee.
- Mouth ulcers, especially on the gums and tongue.
Bad breath with an ammonia-like odor.
- A brownish-colored tongue.
- A dry coat.
Weakness and indifference.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Your vet will do blood and pee tests. X-rays, an ultrasound (an image of your cat’s insides), or biopsy (tissue sample) might also be needed to make a diagnosis. If kidney disease is found, treatments can range from surgery to remove blockages to IV fluids to a special diet and medications. You may also be able to inject fluids under your cat’s skin at home. Talk to your vet about the best options.
A kidney diet is low in both phosphorus and protein, and is enriched with vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. Remember that it’s important to introduce your cat to new foods gradually. Your vet can advise you how to make this transition an easy one.
With a carefully managed diet; plenty of fresh, clean water; a serene environment; and regular check-ups, you can help your cat live her best life possible.