My 16 year old cat has had a couple of UTIs in the past couple of years (so not frequent), but should I be worried about kidney disease?

Should I schedule regular blood tests or just keep an eye on her if/when another UTI occurs?

Asked by Erin

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Erin, UTI’s don’t always lead to kidney problems, but in an elderly cat kidney disease is often a stand-alone issue. These organs don’t function as well as cats age and they’re less efficient at filtering waste products from the blood. Symptoms include drinking a lot of water and corresponding increase in urination, weight loss, bad breath and loss of appetite. In a 16 year old cat I’d strongly recommend routine blood tests twice yearly (or as recommended by your cat’s vet) just to monitor kidney function so you can monitor how well they’re working. The reason for this is that with appropriate and early treatment, it’s easier to manage the disease and slow the progression of symptoms. | 11.16.15 @ 02:36
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