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Keeping a Watchful Eye on Chronic Kidney Disease

Monday, June 1, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

The risk of cats developing chronic kidney disease increases with age. So how is the diagnosis made?  My cat Molly began to lose weight and started having seizures. Her head would begin shaking and her eyes got very dilated. Of course , I panicked. I would pick her up and comfort her until the seizure subsided. I took her to the vet and they ran a series of blood tests. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and also kidney disease. The hyperthyroidism was causing her weight loss and her seizures. Often kidney disease is often diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and is not yet causing symptoms. The same diagnosis was made of my cat Atlantis.

The faster you act, the more years that you will enjoy with your cat. Don’t hesitate. Atlantis is now taking medication for his thyroid condition and I’m giving him Astro’s Oil, a Nitrogen-Creatinine Scrub and a renal care protein medication. All of these products are made by the makers of Astro’s Oil. We’ve discussed the benefits of these products in a previous blog. Your vet will usually recommend a renal diet. I am hesitant to start Atlantis on it because lots of cats won’t eat it and this food contains less protein which cats need. The Astro’s oil alternative is a much better choice for me. Atlantis is doing just fine at this point and is a loving member of our family.

So what does chronic kidney disease look like? Senior Cat Wellness.com, explains chronic renal failure.

Chronic Renal Failure

Chronic kidney failure is a slower process. It is often caused by wear and tear on your cat’s organs. Minor kidney blockages can gradually take a toll.

A young, healthy cat in the prime of its life enjoys 100% kidney efficiency. Over time, kidney function will drop steadily.

A cat can function with as little as 25% renal efficiency. This why chronic kidney disease can be a slow, creeping concern.

Kidney failure can also be brought on by secondary medical concerns. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Hypertension
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Cancer
  • Advanced periodontal disease

It is rare for any cat beyond middle age to avoid some renal failure. Treating the issue early improves the chances of managing kidney disease.

Keep a close eye as your cat ages.

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