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:
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:
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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