What Is Kidney Disease?
Kidney Disease, also known as “Chronic Renal Disease” & “Chronic Renal Failure”.
Over a period (months, years) your cat’s kidneys begin to gradually deteriorate and unfortunately is commonly seen in senior cats.
What Do The Kidneys Do?
The kidneys filter through blood to remove the waste materials and keep the good substances such as serum in the bloodstream. They also regulate calcium, vitamin D, regulate sodium levels (maintain healthy blood pressure). They secrete a hormone called erythropoietin which stimulates bone marrow to produce red blood cells.
- Increased water intake and urination
- Lack of appetite
- Weight loss
- Oral ulcers
What Causes Kidney Disease?
- Chronic kidney bacterial infection
- High blood pressure
- Immune system disorders
- Chronic urinary tract obstruction(s)
- Certain drugs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories)
- Severe abdominal trauma
These are only a few causes of kidney disease and unfortunately there is no identifiable cause that can pin where this disease stems from.
Keeping The Kidneys Healthy
Feeding a biologically appropriate diet is the surest way to keep your cats kidneys healthy, and/or get them back to being healthy!
When the kidneys are unable to function properly there are many parts of the body that are affected.