Kidney disease causes irreversible damage to the kidneys which means that the organs will lose the ability to efficiently filter waste products from the blood. Blood and urine tests carried out by your vet will indicate if your cat is suffering from either acute renal failure (ARF), which comes on suddenly, or chronic renal/kidney disease (CKD) which develops over a period of time.
A cat with kidney problems can continue to enjoy a good quality of life if appropriate treatment and support is given.
How to help your pet
Regular check-ups and medication are essential in treating this disease. Your vet may also advise a special kidney diet for your cat.
Common symptoms of kidney problems to look out for include:
• Increased thirst
• Increased urination
• Weight loss
• Muscle wastage
• Lack of appetite
Why is diet important?
Dietary management can often be important for cats with kidney failure, and one must keep three items in mind:
- Maintaining a good fluid intake.
- Feeding a diet with low protein content.
- Restricting the phosphate content of the diet.
Commercial diets designed to help manage renal failure are, therefore, both protein and phosphate restricted. While kidney disease has no cure, the zooplus range of speciality dietary foods can help to reduce the workload of the kidneys although you should always ask your vet for advice before changing your pet’s diet for medical reasons.
Zooplus stocks a range of other foods and supplements for cats suffering from the following conditions:
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Chronic kidney (renal) failure in cats – Information Sheet
Home management of cats with chronic renal failure – Information Sheet