Did you know that yesterday was World Kidney Day? A great reason to flag up Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in cats this Feline Friday. According to the charity International Cat Care, CKD is one of the most common conditions affecting older cats, and it’s estimated between 20-50% of cats over 15 years old will have some degree of the disease.
Our kidneys are really important for keeping our bodies in balance. They help to remove waste product and excess water from the body, help make red blood cells, essential for carrying oxygen around the body and help control our blood pressure too. When our kidneys are damaged, they cannot carry out these jobs effectively and if loss of kidney function is too great, they can no longer keep the body alive.
CKD is a progressive condition. Obvious symptoms of kidney disease include weight loss, increased thirst and urination, reduced appetite, general lethargy and sleeping more, but these tend to be more noticeable when the disease is significantly advanced. Unfortunately, the condition can be really difficult to spot early on, which is why we recommend simple urine screening for cats over the age of 10 to help us catch the condition at its earliest and work to successfully manage your cat’s ongoing care together.
If caught early, even small changes, such as moving to a renal specific diet and administering medication as needed can make a big difference to your cat’s quality of life.
If you’d like to know more about routine urine screening, or are worried your cat may be exhibiting symptoms of CKD, please give us a ring on 01922 411755 and speak to one of our team.