iWhen kidney failure occurs in cats it is also known as CRF (chronic renal failure). This is a serious threat to your pet’s health. Timely treatment is of utmost importance as it can result in serious health issues and can lead to your cat’s death.
Various reasons can cause chronic renal failure (CRF) in felines. The most universal of such factors which have an impact on your cat’s kidney failure and derogating your cat’s health condition include: age, environment, disease and genetics. In recent years veterinarians became more focussed on kidney failure issues occurring in pets. They started to focus on the different factors which can result in crucial pet-health issues, such as dental diseases, hypertension (high blood pressure), acidified diets and low levels of potassium.
According to worldwide scientific studies it was established that certain cat-breeds are more prone to develop CRF in comparison with others. The breeds which are more at risk developing kidney failure are: Burmese, Siamese, Maine Coon, Abyssinian, Balinese and Russian Blue. However, chronic renal failure can occur in felines at any age, but generally it affects the older cats.
Due to amazing advanced medical science for felines as well as improvement in cat food, cats that are fighting CFR have a good chance to survive this disorder, compared to their predecessors.
However, the fact remains true that in the majority of cases, kidney disorders result into acute kidney failure in the advanced stages of the disorder or in the life of the cat. Where it occurs in younger cats, congenital renal disease can change into chronic renal failure.
Chronic renal failure: The Symptoms
A range of clinical tests is the only method through which a CFR-diagnosis can be made. Specific symptoms and behaviour are an indication that your cat may be suffering from CFR. The symptoms of chronic renal failure in cats include:
- Excess urination
- An increased thirst
- The licking of lips
- The jaw makes a grinding sound
- Uremic gastritis
- Vomiting which can be either foamy or food vomit
- Losing of appetite
- Losing weight
- Unhealthy hair coat
- Sensitivity to all sounds
- Eating faeces
- Oral ulcers
- Detached retina
- Convulsions accompanied with a low temperature & coma which is the last stage
The most universal symptoms are polydipsia (increasing thirst) and polyuria (excessive urination) in felines. When you observe these symptoms in your cat, it is advisable to consult with your veterinarian.