Kidney disease is very common in cats, especially at an older age.
The disease is when your kidneys fail to efficiently separates chemicals that are needed from those that are not. This is usually caused by decreased blood flow to the kidneys, or a high level of destroyed nephrons.
The first symptom you may notice is your cat starting to drink excessive amounts of water. This is because the kidneys are essentially screaming out for more water.
Other symptoms include increased urination, weight loss, vomiting and decreased appetite.
Sadly, once a cat has kidney disease it cannot be reversed. The best you can do for your cat once diagnosed is follow your vets advise fully to manage the disease as best as you can.
As the disease cannot be reversed, and because of the increased risk, it is important to have regular blood screening done on older cats to check kidney function.
Treatment will depend on the severity of the cat’s disease, but it will likely be one of the following; hospitalisation for intravenous fluids, a prescribed diet, antibiotics, blood pressure medication, phosphorus binding agents, and even kidney transplants in extreme cases.