Renal Failure in Cats: Detect this Heartbreaking Disease Early
I am the Original Holistic Pet Health Coach, and am now training passionate pet parents, and pet professionals to be Certified Holistic Pet Health Coaches so that more pets can be helped holistically.
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
If your cat is experiencing frequent urination, it may seem counterintuitive since kidneys help with urine flow. However, in feline renal failure, this symptom can indicate that the cat is unable to hold urine due to decreased kidney function. It is essential to pay attention if your cat starts urinating outside the litter box, as this may be a cry for help.
Another sign to watch for is increased water consumption, which often indicates that your cat is trying to replace lost fluids. If you notice your cat drinking more water than usual, it could be a sign of underlying health issues.
In such cases, considering “holistic pet care” approaches might be beneficial. Holistic pet care involves addressing the overall well-being of your cat, taking into account not only the physical symptoms but also their mental and emotional needs. Consulting with a veterinarian who specializes in holistic care can be valuable in providing a comprehensive and balanced approach to your cat’s health.
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.