Kidney disease, high blood pressure and hyperthyroidism are all common conditions in older cats. Stay alert for the symptoms and help ensure your cat’s happiness and well-being in later years.
Kidney disease in older cats
Why do cats get kidney disease?
Cats are particularly prone to kidney damage and it has a variety of causes. Infections, cancers, exposure to toxins, and malfunction of the immune system may all be responsible for starting a slow process of damage, leading eventually to loss of function and kidney failure. The original cause is often no longer present at the time of diagnosis and sometimes will never be discovered. The body has more kidney tissue than it needs, so much may be lost before symptoms develop – and before blood tests show changes. This slow progressive process is referred to as “chronic” kidney disease. Occasionally, previously healthy kidneys suffer sudden and massive damage (acute kidney disease) but this is less common.
Read more at Blue Cross For Pets.