Kidney Failure in Cats
Your cat’s kidneys do many important things. They help manage blood pressure, make hormones and red blood cells, and remove waste from her blood.
Cats’ kidneys begin to fail with age. Untreated, kidney disease can lead to a series of health problems. When it’s chronic, there’s no cure. But with early diagnosis and good care, you can help boost both the quality and length of your pet’s life.
Older cats aren’t the only ones at risk. Kittens can be born with kidney diseases. Trauma and infection are also causes.
Types of Kidney Disease
There are two types of kidney failure in cats. Each has different causes, treatments, and outlooks.
Acute renal failure develops suddenly, over a matter of days or weeks. It happens in cats of all ages and is usually the result of:
If diagnosed in time, acute renal failure can often be reversed. But chronic kidney problems can be harder to treat. Found mostly in middle-aged and older cats, they develop over months and even years. If your cat is 7 years or older, pay special attention to her health.
While the exact causes of chronic kidney disease aren’t always clear, even to vets, they include: