Understanding
chronic kidney disease in cats

Many cat owners are aware that cats can suffer from chronic kidney disease, but it is always a real shock to hear that your beloved companion has been diagnosed with this common disease.

The information below will help you understand chronic kidney disease, what will happen in the future, and what you can do to help your cat.

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF
THE KIDNEYS?

As with humans, cats’ kidneys filter the blood and remove waste products; in doing so they produce urine.

WHAT IS CHRONIC
KIDNEY DISEASE?

Chronic kidney disease is one of the most common conditions to affect older cats. It occurs when there is long-standing, irreversible damage to the kidneys. This damage affects the kidney’s ability to properly filter the blood. In most cases, the underlying cause of the damage is
never known.

WHAT DOES THIS
MEAN FOR MY CAT?

Chronic kidney disease is a progressive condition, but the rate of progression can vary markedly between individual cats. Some cats live many years but there is usually a gradual worsening of clinical signs with time. The sooner a diagnosis has been made and appropriate treatment started, the better able your vet will be to help your cat.