Kidney Failure (Uremia) Treatment in Cats
Another option to consider for cats with terminal kidney failure is a kidney
transplant. Kidney transplants are only done at a few veterinary referral
centers but are becoming more common. As with human transplant patients, drugs
must be given post-transplant to prevent rejection problems. These drugs are
quite expensive and must be carefully calibrated to minimize side effects.
Also, it was recently reported that cats are at a higher risk for developing diabetes due to the use of
The current method for finding kidney donors is to test shelter cats for
tissue compatibility. The shelter cat then donates one kidney-cats, like
people, can do fine with just one healthy kidney. The shelter cat is then
adopted by the family of the recipient cat, who must agree ahead of time to
provide a home for the donor cat for the rest of her life.