Kidney Failure in Cats: Can You Prevent It?

Kidney failure is a major burden for cats and their owners. Kidney problems often creep in, especially in old age. Unfortunately, you cannot prevent the disease entirely, but you can mitigate the risk and the consequences somewhat. Regular preventive examinations at the veterinarian help to identify kidney insufficiency at an early stage - Shutterstock / SpeedKingz

Chronic renal failure (CRF) is a very common cat disease in old age, which unfortunately only manifests itself with symptoms when it is already advanced. While you can't completely prevent the onset of the disease, you can make sure that kidney problems are recognized as early as possible.

Regular check-up at the veterinarian

To do this, you should take your cat to the vet once a year and have her checked from head to toe once. From the age of seven, when the risk of renal insufficiency gradually increases, a visit to the veterinarian is recommended twice a year. They can then use a blood test to check whether your cat is healthy. If you wait for your cat to show symptoms of kidney failure, such as increased thirst, urination problems (excessive or no urination), or loss of appetite and vomiting, it may be too late.

If the veterinarian detects an onset of renal insufficiency, he can prescribe a special diet food for your cat. This way, the course of the disease can be slowed down and affected cats can live a good life for a long time.

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Prevent renal failure: avoid toxins

The risks of kidney failure can also be prevented by avoiding certain toxins. Antifreeze with ethylene glycol and lilies in particular can be toxic to cats and severely damage the kidneys. Ideally, as a precaution, remove these two toxins from your household. It also makes sense to keep all medication out of the reach of curious fur noses. In addition, do not give your cat any toxic food, i.e. neither grapes nor raisins, nor onions nor garlic.