Kidney Disease in Senior Cats

Early diagnosis is the best secret to dealing with kidney disease or renal insufficiency in cats, says feline veterinarian Dr. Susan Little, editor of "The Cat: Clinical Medicine & Management" and past president of the Winn Feline Foundation. She explains what this disease is, how common it is, and what to look for.

 

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  • Kidney disease is what took my lovely Lady Butterfly and comical but gorgeous Rainbow. Both were diagnosed two years before succumbing to the disease. It is important to keep up with regular veterinary visits to help you give your cats the best care possible and give you both more time together. Good topic, Steve.

  • In reply to andrea dorn:

    It is important to keep up with regular veterinary visits to help you give your cats the best care possible and give you both more time together...important words, and true words. Thank you Andrea.

  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD), formerly referred to as chronic renal failure (CRF), shows itself in urine long before it affects blood chemistry (BUN, creatinine), etc.

    My geriatric "kids" get urinalyses guided by ultrasound every three months. The ultrasound is a two-fer: Not only do you get a clean draw but you also can see if anything's going on in the bladder (inflammation, crystals, etc.).

    CKD can't be stopped or cured. But if you catch it early, before your cat is symptomatic, before other organs are affected, you can enjoy some wonderful time with your cat. And you'll learn a lot about lab values along the way.

    Thanks, Steve.

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