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Renal failure in cats is a heartbreaking disease that impacts 35% of felines and the humans who love and care for them. Early detection before your cat becomes sick is paramount.
Blood tests and urinalysis typically unveil that the underlying cause is inflammation, which you can control with proper diet and supplements to support your cat’s health.
When it comes to your pet’s quality of life and quantity of years, the best practice is to get proactive in detecting kidney failure in cats. When you detect feline kidney disease early, you can prolong their lives and make sure they don’t feel discomfort.
Do you want your cat to not feel as if he’s sick?
Do you want her to continue being that playful (and maybe mischievous) little fur ball you love?
Then implement these strategies that alleviate the symptoms of cat kidney failure and add years to your friend’s life.
Take notice of frequent urination.
Kidneys help urine flow, so frequent urination seems like a counter intuitive symptom of feline renal failure. If your cat pees at a much higher frequency than normal, it could indicate that she cannot hold it. The inability to hold it is often a sign of decreased kidney function.
Furthermore, check to see if he urinates outside of the litter box. This is often a cry for help.
Another sign to look for is increased water consumption. If you see your cat drinking more water than normal, this often indicates that he’s replacing lost fluid.
Now take notice of infrequent defecation.
While you might not keep a chart of your cat’s bowel movements, you may want to start keeping tabs on defecation frequency, as constipation may be a sign of poor kidney health.
If you notice that your cat strains while relieving himself, this is a sign that he needs your help.
Smell your cat’s breath.
Does your cat’s breath smell like ammonia?
Or is there another unusual smell?
If you find anything out of the ordinary with her breath, then it’s time for you to take action to prevent renal failure in your cat.
Look at the color of your cat’s tongue.
Your cat should have a pink tongue, but if you see a tinge of red or a pale color, it’s an early sign of renal failure.
You have the power to make your cat feel better…