Cats & Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease is relatively common in elderly cats, but can also occur in much younger cats, too. Typically this first sign of CKD is excessive water drinking and/or urination. CKD can be a disease with multiple complications and side effects. It can only be managed, rather than cured. But, there are many different tools that a cat owner has to help their cat live comfortably with the disease. Here is a good overview article from my vet:

Some of the most common treatments that you may use with your cat include: subcutaneous fluids to help prevent dehydration (See additional tab under Resources), prescription medicine to help with nausea and appetite stimulation, nutritional supplements, feeding a wet food only diet, feeding a low-phosphorus diet or using a phosphorus binding supplement. Many veterinarians also choose to prescribe a prescription low-protein diet, although my vet, Dr. Aimee Castor prefers to keep cats on a high-protein diet with good success rates. 

If you are struggling with treatment options for your cat, an extremely helpful and thorough resource is "Tanya's Comprehensive Guide to Feline Chronic Kidney Disease." It really gives you a lot more information than what your veterinarian will typically tell a patient. It is found either on the web or in a large, soft-cover book. Here is the website:

Here is link to the book: