Initially the signs of kidney failure can be quite vague – a tired cat who is losing weight and looks a little under the weather. As time progresses and the kidney function deteriorates, cats will become progressively more weak and unwell.
The classic symptoms of kidney failure in cats are:
- Losing weight
- Loss of appetite
- Increased drinking and urination
- Weakness or tiredness
- Bad breath
It is very important to detect kidney problems as quickly as possible, early treatment will greatly improve the outcome and chances at a normal and happy life. If your pet has any of the above signs or you are concerned about kidney problems, we’d recommend a check-up by your veterinarian as soon as possible. Keep in mind that older cats (over 7 years) are at a higher risk than younger cats. Some of the possible tests are discussed in the next section.
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