Clinical signs of chronic kidney disease in older cats
The disease is most common in older cats.
Common clinical signs include:
- Polydipsia: excessive thirst usually associated with increasing fluid (water) intake;
- polyuria,: excessive or abnormally large production or passage of urine;
- decreased appetite;
- weight loss;
- poor coat quality.
Laboratory evaluations typically show increased blood urea nitrogen,
serum creatinine, hyperphosphatemia, metabolic acidosis and non
Because of the reserve capacity of the kidney early renal disease goes
undetected. It has been estimated that 70% of the renal function must
be destroyed before clinical signs are detected, often tool late. Efforts
should be made to control the process responsible for the progression
of the chronic renal failure from early clinically silent process to end