Posted By: Rachel

Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

As our feline friends get older there are a few conditions that become more common. One of those conditions is chronic kidney disease (CKD). The cause of CKD is often unknown, but it is most commonly a result of ongoing minor damage to the kidney. If CKD is detected early and treated effectively, cats can have a very good long-term prognosis.

The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste and excess water from the blood so when the kidneys are not functioning properly, these waste products can build up in the blood leading to a range of health problems. Symptoms of chronic kidney disease in cats include increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss, vomiting, and loss of appetite.

Chronic kidney disease is usually diagnosed via a blood test and a urine sample. We may also want to check your cats blood pressure as the kidneys are also involved in controlling this. Using these different tests, we can then stage the kidney disease by the IRIS staging system. This ranges from stage 1-4 and be subdivided based on protein being excreted in the urine and their blood pressure.

Although there is no cure for CKD, with appropriate management and treatment cats can live a long happy life even with chronic kidney disease. Treatment typically involves managing the symptoms of the disease and providing supportive care such as changes to the cat's diet, medications to manage symptoms, and regular monitoring of kidney function.

Diet changes mainly involve restricting protein as well as phosphate. There are prescription diets available that have controlled amounts of protein and phosphate which help the kidneys to function better. Your cat may also be started on blood pressure medication or medication to help control the protein levels in their urine.

Ensuring your cat continues to drink enough water is really important when managing kidney disease. Changing to a water fountain can encourage cats to drink more as well as having multiple bowls around the house

If you suspect that your cat may be suffering from chronic kidney disease, it's important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible. With proper management and care, many cats with chronic kidney disease can continue to live happy and healthy lives.

Vet Rachel

Chronic Kidney Disease Management


At Shepton Vets, we understand the importance of early detection and comprehensive management for cats with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Our team of experienced veterinarians is dedicated to providing your feline companion with the best possible care throughout every stage of their life.

In this case study, we highlighted the importance of blood tests, urine analysis, and potentially blood pressure monitoring to diagnose and stage CKD using the IRIS system. Our in-house laboratory allows for prompt testing and results, expediting the diagnostic process. We can also provide prescription diets tailored to manage protein and phosphate levels, a crucial aspect of CKD management. Additionally, our veterinarians can prescribe medications to control symptoms and recommend strategies to keep your cat well-hydrated, such as water fountains.

Partnering with You in Your Cat's Care

Chronic Kidney Disease doesn't have to define your cat's life. Shepton Vets is here to support you every step of the way. We offer comprehensive diagnostic tools, a range of treatment options, and ongoing monitoring to ensure your cat receives the best possible care for optimal quality of life.

We Want to Hear from You!

Do you have questions about Chronic Kidney Disease in cats? Have you noticed any of the signs and symptoms mentioned in this article? Feel free to leave a comment below or contact Shepton Vets today to schedule an appointment for your cat. Early detection and intervention are key to managing CKD effectively, and our team is here to help your feline friend live a long and happy life.


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