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Kidney Failure In Cats – When To Euthanize?

Kidney disease in cats is a serious condition that can be difficult to manage.  Unfortunately, in some cases, cat owners will need to make a hard decision of euthanizing their pets.

How To Recognize Your Cat Isn’t Going To Get Well?

1. Lack of improvement in clinical signs

2. Worsening of clinical signs

3. Adverse side effects

4. Persistent high levels of kidney markers

Acute Kidney Failure

Acute kidney failure is a sudden loss of kidney function that can be caused by dehydration, infection, poisoning or underlying health issues.

Chronic Renal Failure

This type of renal failure usually occurs in elderly cats.  It is caused by a cat’s age, or by congenital abnormalities, high blood pressure, inflammation, or cancer.

Symptoms Of A Cat Dying Of Kidney Disease

• Decreased urine output

• Increased thirst

• Loss of appetite

• Vomiting

• Diarrhea

• Weight loss

• Weakness

• Bad breath

• Anemia

What Are the Final Stages Of Kidney Failure In Cats?

The final stages of kidney failure in cats are characterized by a severe decline in kidney function.   The kidneys are no longer able to filter waste products from the blood, and the cat’s body becomes overwhelmed by toxins.

How Long Do Cats Live With  Renal Failure?

Cats with mild to moderate kidney   failure may be able to maintain a  good quality of life for an extended  period of time with proper treatment.  Cats with advanced or end-stage  kidney failure typically have a  poorer prognosis.

When Should You Consider  Euthanizing Your Cat With  Kidney Failure?

• If your cat is suffering

• If she is not responding to  treatment

• The cat’s quality of life has  declined  significantly

• If she has dulled and sunken  eyes, bad breath, and body odor