Renal Failure in Cats
Signs of Renal Failure in Cats
In the early stages, signs of renal failure in cats are very non-specific
and can be difficult to distinguish from the general signs of ageing. Unlike
dogs, in which an increased thirst (polydipsia) and increased urination (polyuria)
are common, polydipsia/polyuria is only reported in 30 to 40 per cent of
cats. The most common signs are dullness, anorexia, weight loss and
halitosis. Halitosis is a useful indication of renal disease: however, it is
also associated with dental disease which is very prevalent in older cats.
Cats with renal failure will often have a poor hair coat and a stiff gait.
Some cats will also vomit due to the build up of waste products within the
blood stream. Occasionally, cats will present with sudden onset blindness
associated with bleeding into the eye or retinal detachment as a result of
hypertension. Hypertension is commonly associated with renal failure in
Management of Renal Failure in Cats
Management will vary with the precise problems of an individual cat, the
ease with which the patient can be medicated and financial considerations.
Possible treatments that may be necessary include:
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