What signs
should I look out for?

Chronic kidney disease develops over a period of many months, and it is quite common for owners to have not noticed any clinical signs in their cats when they are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Clinical signs can develop very gradually, so it is important to monitor your cat for any of the signs listed below at home, and speak to your vet if you have any concerns.

Signs of chronic kidney disease can include:

  1. Weight loss
  2. Drinking and urinating
    more than usual
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. Dehydration
  5. Dull, matted coat
  1. Sleeping more than normal
  2. Lack of grooming
  3. Dull eyes
  4. Bad breath
  5. Weakness
Unfortunately, none of these signs are specific
for chronic kidney disease in cats, so your
vet may need to do a number of tests to find
out what is causing them.

You should monitor your cat for these signs
at home. If you have already noticed some
of these signs in your cat and spoken to
your vet, then remember to look for any
indication that your cat might be getting
worse.