Chronic Kidney Disease: What Does Kidney Failure in Cats Really Mean?
- Eliminating protein wastes
- Balancing body water, salts and acids
- Producing high quality urine
When kidney disease occurs, it compromises the kidney’s abilities to perform these important tasks. Kidney disease can be broken down into two categories:
Chronic kidney disease—When the level of kidney function declines slowly (chronically), cats may compensate for months to years. Mild signs of illness and dehydration will progress as the kidney disease worsens.
Acute kidney disease—If your kitty suffers a severe and/or abrupt injury to the kidneys, as with acute kidney injury (AKI), she may become profoundly ill, and stop producing urine altogether, which too often leads to death.
An important goal of veterinarians is to recognize kidney disease early, when there is a better chance to find and treat an underlying cause or to slow progression, protecting those precious kidneys, and helping your cat to feel well for as long as possible.