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6 Surprising Facts About Kidney Disease in Cats

Posted June 23, 2015 in Cat Checkups & Preventive Care

[Editor’s Note: Pet Health Network’s parent company is IDEXX, which provides diagnostic services to veterinary practices, such as kidney disease screenings. Remember, the decision for what types of preventive care and screenings are best for your individual pet should always be made after a discussion between you and your veterinarian -- your best partner in your pet’s health.]

Most cat parents seem to know that kidney disease is a big issue for our favorite felines, but when we did an informal survey, less than half said they’d ever discussed kidney disease with their veterinarians. Don’t miss these 6 surprising facts about kidney disease and then make sure to ask your veterinarian about how to recognize kidney disease in cats at your kitty’s next checkup.

1. Kidney disease will likely impact 1 in 3 cats or more
It has been commonly accepted that 1 in 3 cats or more1 will develop some form of kidney disease in their lifetime. Recent studies suggest kidney disease is even more common and until now has been under-recognized2,3. (Learn more about chronic kidney disease here.)


  1. 1. Lulich JP, Osborne CA, O'Brien TD, Polzin DJ. Feline renal failure: questions, answers, questions. Compend Contin Educ Pract Vet. 1992;14(2):127-153.
  2. Marino CL, Lascelles BD, Vaden SL, Gruen ME, Marks SL. The prevalence and classification of chronic kidney disease in cats randomly selected from four age groups and in cats recruited for degenerative joint disease studies. J Feline Med Surg. 2014; 16(6): 465-472.
  3. Data on file at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. Westbrook, Maine USA.

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Celeste has more than 20 years of experience in the veterinary industry and is an Internal Medical Consultant as well as a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team since 2015.