• How to prevent the development of kidney disease in your feline
      The development of kidney issues is a major issue to look out for as your feline ages.
      How to prevent the development of kidney disease in your feline
      May 14, 2012

      One of the most important pieces of information to emerge from the Banfield Pet Hospital's 2012 State of Pet Health Report related to the growing connection between old age and kidney issues. According to the Washington Post, one in 12 older cats in the United States suffers from chronic kidney disease (sometimes known as renal failure), which is incurable and can get progressively worse over time. However, there are ways that pet parents can reduce their feline's chances of contracting the disease and improve animal wellness in the process.

      First and foremost, it's vital to understand the difference between chronic kidney disease and acute kidney disease. The acute form is caused by the ingestion of substances like grapes, lilies and other poisons and can be treated quickly if caught early. Chronic kidney disease is far more serious and is caused by long-standing, irreversible damage to your feline's kidneys that can reduce their ability to filter out waste products from their blood. While there is no direct cause to the ailment, there are steps that cat owners can take to reduce their pet's chances of developing the disease.

      You should make a commitment to taking a regular trip to the vet's office to perform annual blood work and a regular inspection of your cat's kidneys. This may be able to spot any hormonal or nutrient changes in your cat's blood that could show signs of deterioration in his kidneys, reports FabCats.org. Additionally, proper hydration is vital to the health of your feline's organs, so consider investing in a water fountain. This will provide a steady stream of water throughout the day and will encourage your furry friend to drink more water daily.

      While there may not be much you can do when your feline experiences renal failure, there are ways to manage the disease. Low-protein and low phosphate food products are ideal to limit the strain on your cat's kidneys, so consult with your veterinarian to find food that will meet his unique needs. Lastly, consider supplements that will add fiber and essential fatty acids to your feline's diet that could provide benefits in managing the disease. As one of the biggest feline-related health problems in the U.S., chronic kidney disease is a major concern, but there are ways that you can effectively prevent and manage the ailment.