The Consequences Of Untreated Kidney Disease In Cats

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) refers to the gradual loss of kidney function. Left untreated, CKD in cats can lead to several health problems. 

Early Treatment Can Make a Massive Difference

While it cannot be cured, CKD in cats can be managed. So, for the best outcome, it has to be diagnosed early. Early treatment:

  • Reduces risks and complications associated with CKD
  • Increases the life expectancy and quality of life of affected cats

Consequences of Untreated CKD

CKD unfolds in stages. In stage three, up to 85% of kidney function may have already been lost. This is when things start getting dangerous. The possible consequences of this can include:

  • Vomiting, which can be extremely debilitating to cats
  • Bladder infections: bacteria can alter urine pH, causing crystals to form, which can lead to deadly blockage in the urethra of males

Once stage four is reached, the irreversible damage is at its peak and over 85% of kidney function has been lost. CKD in this stage is fatal and affected cats may have less than a year left to live.

Apart from poor quality of life, possible consequences in stage four include:

  • Painful mouth sores that can interfere with eating
  • Diarrhea which can lead to dangerous dehydration
  • Life-threatening anemia due to a lack of healthy red blood cells that carry oxygen to body

Other Complications of Irreversible Kidney Damage

  • Heart failure
  • Heart disease
  • Bleeding into the stomach
  • Compromised immune system
  • Fluid retention and associated dangers
  • Sudden blindness caused by high blood pressure
  • Weakened bones that can result in bone fractures

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