A kidney failure in cat can be caused by fungal or bacterial infections. Age and heredity can also be factors in causing kidney failure in cats. There are also many substances can also cause kidney failure that your cat can access. Needless to say, massive doses of Vitamin D and rodent poison can do heavy damage to your cats kidneys. Watch out for these other items that can damage the feline renal system.
As kidney failure occurs in more senior cats, that is, cats over 5 years old, be on the alert for the symptoms of a kidney failure in cat. The sooner you get her into the vet for proper diagnosis, the better chances she has of recovering to live out a few more months or years with you.
Recognizing the symptoms of a kidney failure in cat. Your cat will drink a lot of water. A lot. Then she will urinate massive amounts in a single session. At the same time she many stop eating or even begin vomiting. Her coat will loose its glossiness. She may hide away in a dark place and seem to be very sleepy and lethargic. She is not feeling very good at all.
Kidney failure in cats can also occur when your cat eats something that in effect poisons her kidneys. One common human remedy that can cause feline renal failure is ibuprofen or naproxen. These are also called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. Cats are extremely sensitive to these drugs and can experience stomach ulcers and kidney damage.
Watch out for products made of Vitamin D like calcitriol and calcipotrien. Just a small amount of these can cause the calcium level to spike in your cat. The symptoms don’t appear for about 24 hours, but your cat may well be on the road to a diagnosis of a kidney failure in cat.
Japanese showy lilies (Lilium speciosum and Lilium lancifolium), Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum), tiger lilies (Lilium tigrinum), rubrum and various day lilies (Hemerocallis species) can cause kidney failure in cats and even death. All parts of these plants, including the flowering parts are toxic. If your cat consumes as little as a single leaf you better both get on the road to the vet.
If you feed your cat table scraps, lay off the onions. Onions contain thiosulfate compounds that damage the red blood cells in your cat. These damaged cells clump together and form a mass called Heinz bodies. These Heinz bodies destroy the red blood cells leading to anemia and kidney problems in cats.
Consider giving violets or Easter daisies instead of Easter lilies during the Spring holiday. Make sure you keep vitamins and drugs in the cabinet and not laying around for your cat to eat accidentally. Check the garage for open containers of antifreeze, rat poison and anything with arsenic in it.