Kidney Disease can be an onset or chronic illness, and either way, its best to understand the symptoms and know when to consult a vet.
1. Appetite Loss: When your cat is feeling sick, you might notice them refusing or skipping meals. Not eating, even a couple meals, can be dangerous for a cat’s health, especially if they are ill. If you see this symptom, take your cat to the vet immediately.
2. Weight Loss: This can come after a loss in appetite and can be a sign of kidney disease. You may think it is a positive thing if your cat is overweight, but if you weren’t trying to help it lose weight, or if it occurs very quickly, consult a vet as soon as possible.
3. Bad Breath: You may think your cat always has bad breath, but if you start to smell something like ammonia from your cat’s mouth or a different bad smell, take your cat to the vet, as it may be kidney disease.
4. Diarrhea and Vomiting: These are common symptoms in many diseases that affect cats, but if these symptoms persist, then it is wise to consult a vet quickly. Even if it isn’t kidney disease, something is obviously wrong with your cat.
5. Laziness: Even lazy cats will occasionally play or move around. If you notice a sudden change in your cat’s energy level, it’s time to talk to your vet.
6. Mouth Ulcers: If you notice ulcers on the gums or tongue of your cat, it could be a sign of kidney disease. Despite being a sign that something is wrong with your kitty, it is very uncomfortable for your cat as well, so its best to receive help from a vet as soon as possible.
7. Overly Thirsty: Kidney disease can make your furry friend extremely thirsty, and if you notice abnormal drinking habits, talk to a vet immediately.
8. Bloody Urine: Whether its a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI) or kidney disease, blood in a cat’s urine is definitely a bad sign and your cat is absolutely in pain, so you should call your vet ASAP.
9. Dry Coat: A dry, itchy coat can be a sign of kidney disease. Try to improve your grooming habits, but if the cat’s coat is continuously in a bad condition, consult a vet, even if you don’t think its as serious as kidney disease.
10. Constant Urination: Kidney disease-affected cats may take frequent trips to their litter box or even start urinating around the house. Their need to urinate is a very real and painful issue and should be assisted with a trip to the vet immediately. If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat, be sure to seek vet assistance quickly and help your cat get on the road to recovery.