Chronic kidney failure is a life-threatening disease for cats and has no definitive cure. However, early and successful treatment for acute renal failure in cats may result in the cat regaining full function of her kidneys.
The risk factors between acute and renal kidney failures in cats are different. However, both conditions share similar symptoms. Monitoring your cat’s drinking and urinating habits will help detect early signs of kidney disease. A cat in early stages of chronic kidney failure (CKD) shows an increase in urination whereas a reduction in urination is typically a sign of acute or late-stage chronic kidney failure.
The kidneys of a healthy cat principally act to remove metabolic waste products from the blood stream, regulate the levels of essential nutrients such potassium and sodium, conserve water and produce urine. In kidney or renal failure, the kidneys cope with their inability to efficiently remove waste products by producing a larger amount of more dilute urine. As a result, waste products begin to build up in the bloodstream.
A female tabby cat about 4 months old is looking for a furever home. She is found in Bishan, limping. A kind rescuer, Grace brought her to the vet, treated her and named her Febe. She is now given a clean bill of health and no longer limps in pain. Febe loves humans but is not friendly with other cats and hence may grow up to be a domineering alpha cat.