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Kidney disease

cat kidney disease

Domestic Shorthairs can be born with kidney disease, but older cats can also develop these conditions with age. If kidney disease is untreated, it can lead to other health problems.

Kidney failure can be acute or chronic. Acute kidney failure happens suddenly and may be caused by toxic plants or cleaning fluids, shock, or infection. Chronic kidney failure can be brought on by dental disease, kidney infections and blockages, thyroid problems, or heart disease and can be more difficult to treat and can develop over months or years.

The symptoms of kidney failure include loss of appetite, dropping weight, clear urine, diarrhea, vomiting, drinking excessively, and frequent urination. If your cat’s breath smells like ammonia, he is weak or constipated, has mouth sores on the tongue and gums or a dry coat, he could be experiencing kidney failure.

Your veterinarian can check your cat’s blood and urine and, if necessary, do other tests, like an X-ray or ultrasound, to make a diagnosis. With proper treatment, a managed diet, and careful monitoring, you can help your cat live his best life.