Kidney disease in cats is one of the many health concerns that our cats are likely to one day.
While it is true that breeds such as the Maine Coone, the Abyssinian, the Persian, the Ragdoll, and the Siamese are more predisposed to these disorders, all cats can be affected at one time or another. How can you identify the warning signs of kidney disease, and which are the most effective methods to prevent it?
Did you have any idea? Kidney issues can be one of the more frequent reasons to see a veterinary. Likewise, kidney failure is one of the most common ailments among our feline friends. How do I spot the signs in time?
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Signs of kidney failure in cats
Although the most effective method is to be prepared for the onset of the signs of kidney dysfunction is crucial to be able to respond promptly. Many cat owners have a question like “why is my cat drinking so much water?”, These are the primary indicators of this type of disorder.
- Generalized state of fatigue
- Cat drinks a lot of water
- He drinks and urinates more than usual
- Loss of appetite or change in eating habits
- Loss of weight and body hair
- Bad breath
But before getting there, there are, of course, ways to prevent these health concerns through simple actions to apply daily.
Pay attention to the contents of your bowl.
As we all know well, a good part of our health comes from the stomach, both for animals and humans. So, what we’re feeding our cat will affect his metabolism. So, what is the best way to reduce kidney issues?
In this particular case, these few guidelines can help:
- Maintain a balanced diet by eating high-quality foods that are with a low sodium content and protein, as well as phosphorus and acid. Beware of cat treats that can be packed with sodium.
- Give him wet (canned) food from time to time.
- Favor foods with omega-3s
- Please give him a diet that does not make him gain weight (obesity can lead to kidney dysfunction, among others)
- Do not feed it with table scraps (cheese, bread, etc.)
But on the flip hand, do not forget to schedule appointments with your vet in case you are planning to alter the food habits of your dog. If required, he will accept them or direct you to the appropriate plan.
Always ensure good hydration.
It is, of course, obvious that you should always leave water available to your cat, and this at will. The latter must obviously and imperatively be clean and fresh.
Otherwise, there is a good chance that the gentleman will be reluctant to dip his muzzle in it. However, the proper functioning of the kidneys requires irreproachable hydration.
If he finds it difficult to drink, try these few tips :
- Try the water cooler.
- Put a few drops of liquid tuna into the container of water
- You should have several bowls of freshwater within your accommodations
- Change the water every day, or even twice a day in summer
- Avoid plastic bowls and favor those with a wide rim
- Moisten your croquettes with lukewarm water
- When it’s hot, put an ice cube in its bowl of water.
Go to your vet regularly.
We will never say enough: the routine visit to a vet· E is essential. Why? Quite simply because beyond examining your animal’s general state of health, it is the best way to prevent certain diseases … including those of the kidney!
A rate of once a year, this consultation may indeed be very useful to take some pain in time, before the onset of symptoms or severe pain in your hairball.