Once renal failure begins in a cat, is there anything that can be done to reverse it or slow it down to ensure a healthy life?

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Erin, there is quite a lot you can do to give your cat a very good quality of life in spite of kidney failure.

The loss of kidney function isn’t reversible but you can slow down the progression of symptoms. Depending on the stage of their disease, it may be as simple as changing their diet to a kidney disease diet. These contain less protein and phosphorus than regular cat foods and have been shown to help manage symptoms. Cats with more advanced stages of kidney failure usually need fluid therapy to keep them hydrated – either administered intravenously in hospital or your vet can show you how to give fluids under your cat’s skin at home. You may also find your cat needs medication to help with anemia as well as phosphate binders and potassium supplements.

Kidney failure isn't a static condition; it does progress so blood tests at regular intervals will keep you and your vet informed as to how your cat’s kidneys are working. That means you can make adjustments to you cat's treatment if and when they are needed. | 02.08.16 @ 22:34
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