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What are signs of kidney failure in a cat

Signs of kidney failure in a cat may include:

Eating and drinking very little (or not at all)

Not using the litter box

Feeling very weak

Hiding a lot

Not liking to be touched

How is kidney failure treated?

Kidney failure is a life-threatening condition, so your cat's veterinarian will prescribe a treatment plan and set up a follow-up plan. Most cats will need to be hospitalized for treatment.

Depending on the severity of the kidney failure, your cat's veterinarian may recommend:

Protein supplementation

IV fluids

Dietary changes

Medications for appetite stimulation

A blood test to check the kidney function

Surgery to remove a kidney (renal ablation)

What is a kidney ablation?

A kidney ablation is a surgical procedure that is commonly used to treat kidney failure in cats. In this procedure, your cat's veterinarian will:

Insert a small catheter into your cat’s ureter to drain urine from the kidneys into a bag

Remove the catheter and close the ureter

Wash out the ureter with medicine

Re-insert a catheter

Repeat these steps as needed

A catheter is a tube inserted into a part of your cat's body to drain fluids.

What are the risks of kidney ablation?

Kidney ablation may cause your cat to have:

Pain

Bleeding

Infection

Kidney failure

Kidney stones

Kidney failure is a serious condition. If your cat's kidney function decreases to a critical point, your veterinarian may recommend that you have your cat euthanized. However, if your cat's kidney function is stable, your veterinarian may recommend treating your cat with a follow up treatment plan, which may include a kidney transplant.

What is a kidney transplant?

Kidney transplantation is a surgical procedure in which a donor kidney is placed in your cat’s body to replace a kidney that has failed. If your cat's kidney function decreases to a critical point, your veterinarian may recommend that you have your cat euthanized.

However, if your cat's kidney function is stable, your veterinarian may recommend treating your cat with a follow up treatment plan, which may include a kidney transplant.

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure that is used to give your cat a new kidney.

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