Unless you have Superman’s xray vision, it is unlikely that you’ve recently had a peek at your cat’s kidneys. So how do you know if your feline friend has problems with those organs? A variety of diseases of the kidneys are called “Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) and are particularly common among older felines. Fortunately, you can keep an eye out for some telltale signs that your pet is suffering from feline kidney disease.
When your cat’s kidneys start failing, they are unable to create enough “erythropoietin,” causing a certain type of anemia to occur. The animal typically experiences a variety of symptoms, including:
* licking of the lips
* faster heart rate
* loss of appetite
* weakness in the hind legs
* heavy breathing
* cold feeling
* pale eyelids or nose
All of these signs are indicators that your cat could be suffering from anemia stemming from feline kidney disease.
2. Increase in drinking and urinating
This is the most observable symptom when your cat has one of the kidney diseases. The increase in drinking and urinating results from the organ’s being unable to cluster the urine. So if you observe your animal with this symptom of CRF, then immediately schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
It’s natural for your feline’s bodies to attempt to save water by absorbing it from its stool. However, this practice becomes a problem when feline kidney disease is present, as dehydration is already a problem. Constipation occurs due to the lack of moisture. Your cat may be eating less; or even vomiting before, during, or right after having a stool. Also, defecating beside the litter tray is another symptom of constipation.
Basically, this means that your cat cannot control when it urinates. For instance, your cat may do it whenever it walks, lies, or sleeps. This could be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes, urinary tract infection, or that major renal damage has occurred.
5. Urinary Tract Infection
This is common because the feline’s urine does not contain the proper levels of “good” bacteria and acidity. If you observed a little blood is in his urine, then its likely your little friend uses the litter pan more often, or produces a small amount or no urine. These are all signs of feline kidney disease.
All of these symptoms are signs that your pet could be suffering from sicknesses of the kidneys or other cat illness like a feline urinary tract infection, bladder stones, or even diabetes. If you spot any of them, its time to get your cat into the vet for a diagnosis.