Kidney Disease in Cats (cont.)

How Are Kidney Problems in Cats Treated?

It may be difficult to determine a specific cause of kidney disease. Emergency treatment and hospitalized care may be needed depending on the stage of kidney failure a cat is in. Acute kidney disease can sometimes be caught early on, when there is minimal damage to the kidneys. In some cases, long-term supportive treatment is beneficial. The following are possible treatments:

  • Treatment of underlying cause of kidney failure (e.g. antifreeze toxicity, infection)
  • Drugs to enhance urine production
  • Therapeutic diet
  • Management of electrolyte abnormalities
  • Fluid therapy
  • Correction of anemia
  • Medication for high blood pressure, vomiting or gastrointestinal problems
  • Dialysis
  • Kidney transplant

Should Cats with Kidney Problems Be Fed a Special Diet?

Feeding your cat a special diet will not cure kidney disease, but managing your cat's intake of protein, phosphorous and sodium can help diminish symptoms and add to your pet's overall health and longevity. There are many commercially available veterinary diets for cats with chronic kidney disease.

Please remember, changes in your cat's diet should not be made abruptly. Speak to your vet about gently transitioning your cat to a new food.

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.