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Archive for August 21st, 2012

Chronic renal failure in cats

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

If your cat is constantly drinking from either the water bowl or faucet, I would watch very closely. My younger cat is obsessed with water and as soon as I get up, she runs into the bathroom, sits on the sink and wants me to run the water. Sometimes there could be something wrong. Here are some signs to look for.

  • Excessive thirst – The first sign of chronic renal failure is excessive thirst and urination.
  • Dehydration – This occurs in chronic renal failure because they cannot make concentrated urine. Your cat may also stop eating because of extreme illness,
  • Nausea and loss of appetite – stomach upset can lead to vomiting. The vomit may be food or a foamy liquid.
  • Lethargy – As cats lose their appetite, they lose weight which weakens them. You cat will sit still and look depressed. He will have no energy or interest in any activity or food.

If you notice any of these symptoms, get your cat to a vet right away!

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