Cat Kidney Disease
In the world of cats, kidney disease is one of the most serious medical problems, often prompting your veterinarian to give your cat a poor prognosis!
A cat’s kidneys are used rid themselves of toxins and maintain normal balances of phosphorus, sodium and other elements in their blood. If the kidneys are not functioning properly it is referred to as either Chronic Renal Failure (CRF), if it develops over time, or Acute Renal Failure (ARF), if it comes on suddenly.
The main difference is that CRF is treatable but not reversible, whilst AFT is reversible but not really treatable. Unfortunately, most veterinarians have a hard time distinguishing between the two!
Symptoms of Feline Kidney Disease
If your cat starts to exhibit any of the following symptoms, immediately take him to the vet:
Decrease in appetite
Lack of grooming
If your cat has ARF, he may not be able to urinate at all and should be taken to the vet immediately as it is life-threatening!
Causes of Feline Kidney Disease
Whilst ARF is considered to be the end stage of CRF, the most common cause of feline kidney disease are toxins, such as antifreeze, venoms, pesticides, and herbicides that outside cats are often exposed to.
Inside cats can easily get into cleaning cupboards and medicine cabinets, where ingesting chemical cleaning products, or people medication, like aspirin, can cause kidney disease, failure and death.
Other causes of kidney disease in cats are cancer, parasites, viruses, infections, immune system disorders, and hidden traumas.
Medications that have been prescribed to your cat by your veterinarian, to treat different condition, can often be a culprit as well. Oftentimes, these chemically laden medications have adverse side effects on the kidneys.
Those cats most susceptible are senior cats and the following breeds:
The first thing that a vet will do is conduct a blood and urine test. This is to view the levels of creatinine, sodium, phosphorus and amylase. If your cat does have kidney disease then these levels will all be on the high side.
Your cat may also receive an X-ray to determine any abnormalities with the kidneys.
Most veterinarians are quick to offer a poor prognosis for cats that have kidney disease, simply because they believe the condition to be irreversible and progressive in nature, even suggesting euthanasia.
As with most illnesses, if it is detected whilst in its early stages, kidney disease in cats can be properly treated, thereby allowing the cat to live for months and even years.
How Your Vet Will Administer Treatment
The first treatment step taken by your Vet will be to apply an IV or to inject fluids subcutaneously. This is done to help prevent further dehydration and to rid the cat’s body of any toxins and will usually require hospitalization. Your cat will continue on this regime until he has regained proper kidney function to be released. Dialysis and even kidney transplants can also be used.
Your vet will also prescribe a variety of medications. Before accepting these medications, make sure you know what the side effects are! You don’t want to bring your cat back to the Vet a few days later with a different health problem that is directly related to the chemical medications that your Vet prescribed.
Cats that have been diagnosed with CRF can still live a long and happy life, although they may require regular subcutaneous fluid treatments.
How You Can Treat Feline Kidney Disease Effectively At Home
Remember to never withhold fresh drinking water from your cat! He should be allowed to drink as much water as he wants as it is his body’s way of instinctively trying to flush out the toxins on its own.
You should also change your cat’s diet to one that is low in protein, phosphorus, and sodium.
Consider treating your cat holistically with an all-natural, herbal supplement called Tripsy which was developed by a prominent naturopathic veterinarian. Not only is Tripsy safe for long-term use, but it can also be used right alongside any traditional treatment plan that your Vet recommends for your cat.
This highly effective herbal supplement contains a unique blend of powerful herbal extracts that have been proven to encourage proper kidney functioning whilst also fighting off kidney infections. Tripsy will help improve your cat’s urination and decrease any his discomfort he may have with kidney stones. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory.