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Care for chronic kidney disease in cats

Watch for the signs
Karla Kirby

Chronic kidney disease is a universal malady, for the most part for senior and geriatric cats. Since cats are now living longer than ever before, this disease is becoming one that more and more cat owners find themselves having to deal with...

Felines in the early stages of kidney disease are often dehydrated. Consequently, they also urinate more often than ordinary, usually producing a larger than normal volume of urine...

As the disease continues, your cat may start to vomit. Some felines have diarrhea. Your cat's appetite may grow to be depressed and you may even observe weight loss. As kidney function persists to decline and your cat begins to feel worse, you may notice a decrease in water consumption..

Persuade your cat to drink water by providing fountains or letting a faucet to drip. Canned food contains much higher moisture content than dry and is often suggested for this reason. Adding water to the food is also an alternative that will increase your cat's fluid intake.

Regardless of your best attempts to increase your cat's moisture consumption, it's possible that dehydration may still take place. In that state of affairs, your cat may need to have extra fluids administered. Some cats need to be given fluids on a regular basis. Despite the fact that fluids can be given intravenously and this may be the best method of delivery for severely ailing cats, often a subcutaneous route of delivery is necessary. This engrosses using a needle to administer the fluids under your cat's skin. This may be accomplished at your veterinarian's office. In many cases, cat owners can learn to execute this procedure at home for their cats. Speak to your veterinarian about the process. She/he can advise you which type of fluid is suitable for your cat as well as providing professional guidance on how much to give and how to oversee the fluids if your kitty is a candidate for home treatment.

In days gone by diets low in protein were often suggested for cats with kidney failure. This is no longer essentially the case but it is imperative that the protein in your cat's diet be easily digestible. For felines that have electrolyte deficiencies/excesses as a result of their kidney disease, a special diet may be recommended to help control these abnormalities. For instance, diets restricted in phosphorus may be obligatory for cats with elevated blood phosphorus levels. Blood potassium levels may be also increased or decreased and the diet will need to be formulated accordingly.

Cats with kidney disease may also need to be given various medications. Of course, you will need your veterinarian's supervision in deciding which medications are essential and/or proper for your cat. ACE-inhibitors like enalapril or benazepril are frequently recommended. High blood pressure is a widespread consequence of kidney disease and may need to be treated also... Medications like amlodipine are now and again recommended to treat hypertension. Nonetheless, each cat is different and your feline’s treatment protocol will need to be tailored to match your cat's individual needs. Confer with your veterinarian and administer any medications as directed. Do not decrease, increase, or discontinue medications without talking it over with your veterinarian first.

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