How to know if your cat has kidney problems
Kidney disease is a common problem for all cats. Although kidney disease cannot be cured, there are many ways to slow it down, if early enough diagnosed. It is therefore important to know the signs of kidney problems. If you see such symptoms, which are described in Method 1, you should think about the visit to the vet with your cat/cats to put on a professional diagnosis, as described in Method 2. Show full…
Method 1 of 2: Recognize the signs of kidney problems
1 Watch mode drink your cat/cats. Cats are very effectively retain water, and they don’t need to drink as often as other animals. Notice whether you started more often than usual to pour water into the bowl more often than you are used to remove wet filler from the tray. All of this can mean that the cat/cats are increased thirst, which may indicate problems with the kidneys. Develops when the kidney disease, the nephrons in the body of the cat is harder to absorb water from the blood. To compensate for this, a cat/cat is drinking more water. Keep in mind that cats who are fed wet tinned food should drink little water. Cats usually receive their water from tinned food, and drink less water.Cats fed dry food drink more water, because shaycarl dehydrated.
2 Pay attention to food habits of your cat/cats to see if she developed uremia. Uremia is an accumulation of natural toxins in the blood, which must be removed by the kidneys. When the kidneys are working properly, toxins remain in the blood. This can cause inflammation in the stomach that can make your cat/a cat: Eat less or show no interest in food. Experience nausea or vomiting. Vomiting blood, if the inflammation is in the stomach led to the formation of ulcers.
3 Check the mouth of your cat/cats for the presence of ulcers. Uremia can also cause ulcers in the mouth of your cat/cats. As mentioned above, uremia leads to inflammation in the stomach that affects the mouth of a cat/cats. Have your pet it can cause:Pain in the gums, which reduces the interest in food.Ulcers on the gums and tongue.The inability to hold saliva in mouth, causing the unpleasant smell of saliva and drooling.
4 Look at the coat of the cat/cats and take note of any changes. Cat/cat with uremia will be difficult to freshen up, because it hurts the animal to lick its own fur. This is due to the fact that due to uremia sore gums and ulcers develop. Look at the skin of a cat/cats and note:Faded color of the wool.If the coat is tangled and dirty.Did it make your hair smelly.
5 make a Note of whether your cat/cat to sleep more and does he/she like he/she lacks energy. Kidneys are in a complex cascade of hormones that stimulates the bone marrow of your cat/cats to produce red blood cells. Diseased kidneys produce less erythropoietin, a hormone that is required for stimulation of synthesis of blood cells. As a result, the body of the cat/cats are harder to replace your old and damaged blood cells, which leads to the condition called anemia. Signs of anemia include:a Lack of energy.Sleep longer than usual.Loss of interest in toys or other things, usually for the cat/a cat.Pale eyelid color (they should be pink, but will appear white or dim).
6 See if your cat/cat to lift the head above horizontal position.A bit weird is a sign that the cat/cats kidney disease, and unique to cats is the inability to lift the head above horizontal position. This is because the kidneys wash the potassium into the urine of your cat/cats. Potassium is an electrolyte needed for muscle contractions, and when its level in the blood falls, the muscles of a cat/cats getting weak.The head of your cat/cats are relatively heavy compared to the rest of the body and requires a lot of muscular effort to hold. Cats/cats with low potassium level in the blood the head usually hangs.However, it should be said that this is a rare sign, and if it is not your cat/cats, it does not mean that he/she does not have kidney disease.
7 test pinch to understand dehydrated if your cat/cat. With the development of renal disease, exceeded the ability of the cat/cats to compensate the loss of water with urine. This means that your cat/cat when it is not possible to drink enough water to compensate for lost water, gets to the net loss situation and becomes dehydrated.The best way to check the level of dehydration is to raise and release the back of the neck of the cat/cat..the Skin normally hydrated animal immediately returns to its place. And the skin of a dehydrated animal sticks out a bit, and after a few seconds slowly returns to its place.
Method 2 of 2: Set of medical diagnosis
1 Let the vet regularly checks the blood pressure of cats/cat. Cats with kidney disease usually develop a tendency to increase pressure in the blood. Unfortunately, your vet will regularly measure the cat/cat pressure, you may not even know that she/he has problems with blood pressure, so it’s good to check it regularly.Unfortunately, high blood pressure can cause serious side effects, such as sudden blindness or stroke. Luckily, if your vet regularly checks the blood pressure your cat/cats, he or she can prescribe medications that will control blood pressure your cat /cats.
2 Let your vet do a urine test.If your veterinarian suspects that your cat/cats kidney disease, he/she may be asked to provide a urine sample. During this analysis, urine checked for specific gravity (SG) is a measure of how weak or strong the urine is.Together with urine analysis, test strip shows other causes of increased thirst, such as diabetes.Subsequent analysis of urine is the ratio of protein and creatinine in urine (SBC), which helps to differentiate dilute urine, which is characteristic of renal disease from other types of thirst.
3 Arrange a blood test for your cat/cats to exclude other conditions. Blood tests are very useful to track the development of kidney disease. Unfortunately, normal renal panel suggests that renal function is in order. This is because the kidneys have very big spare strength and the kidney must be damaged more than 75% before a blood test will show any abnormalities.The main purpose of the blood test – to exclude other causes of increased thirst such as infection, diabetes, thyroid gland is too active, and to monitor the course of renal disease.
4 Talk to your vet about how to do a kidney biopsy. A kidney biopsy is rarely done, because it can have serious dangerous side effects, such as blood clots and strokes. However, renal biopsy is necessary if kidney cancer is suspected, because an accurate diagnosis is necessary to be able to solve, will help the chemotherapy or not.
If you notice any of the symptoms described in this article, immediately take your cat/cat to the vet.