6 Surprising Facts About Kidney Disease in Cats

[Editor’s Note: Our Site’s parent company is Laboratories, Inc., which provides diagnostic services to veterinary practices, such as kidney disease screenings. Remember, the decision for what types of preventive care and screenings are best for your individual pet should always be made after a discussion between you and your veterinarian -- your best partner in your pet’s health.]

Most cat parents seem to know that kidney disease is a big issue for our favorite felines, but when we did an informal survey, less than half said they’d ever discussed kidney disease with their veterinarians. Don’t miss these 6 surprising facts about kidney disease and then make sure to ask your veterinarian about how to recognize kidney disease in cats at your kitty’s next checkup.

1. Kidney disease will likely impact 1 in 3 cats or more
It has been commonly accepted that 1 in 3 cats or more1 will develop some form of kidney disease in their lifetime. Recent studies suggest kidney disease is even more common and until now has been under-recognized2,3. (Learn more about chronic kidney disease here.)


  1. 1. Lulich JP, Osborne CA, O'Brien TD, Polzin DJ. Feline renal failure: questions, answers, questions. Compend Contin Educ Pract Vet. 1992;14(2):127-153.
  2. Marino CL, Lascelles BD, Vaden SL, Gruen ME, Marks SL. The prevalence and classification of chronic kidney disease in cats randomly selected from four age groups and in cats recruited for degenerative joint disease studies. J Feline Med Surg. 2014; 16(6): 465-472.
  3. Data on file atLaboratories, USA.

2. Certain diseases and hereditary conditions may make your cat more likely to develop kidney disease
Certain risk factors might make pets more likely to develop kidney disease, such as FIP, leptospirosis (in dogs), kidney stones, hereditary conditions and more. (Learn more about the risk factors for kidney disease in cats here.)

3. Kidney disease tends to hide until it's fairly advanced
Important warning signs may be very subtle and include drinking more, peeing more, weight and activity changes, vomiting, bad breath or hard-to-recognize signals. (See more signs of kidney disease in cats here.)

4. Early diagnosis is key
Early diagnosis, before symptoms become obvious, can be key in identifying the base cause of kidney disease, giving more time to treat that underlying cause or to slow progression, and helping your cat to feel well for as long as possible. Click here for 10 common causes of kidney disease in cats >>

5. Ask your vet for tips about avoiding dehydration and other happy-kidney tricks
Your veterinarian can give you tips for keeping your cat’s kidneys healthy and happy as long as possible, including strategies for avoiding dehydration or getting your cat to drink more water. Like this photo? See other kitties getting their drink on here >>

6. A newly available test may help detect kidney disease earlier than ever
A new test called the Laboratories, Inc. SDMA Test (from Our Site’s parent company, Laboratories, Inc.), may help your veterinarian identify kidney disease, months if not years earlier.

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If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

11 Signs You Should Take Your Pup To The Vet

Being a dog owner is an amazing and rewarding experience — but like many wonderful things, it comes with great responsibility.

You probably already know that a young pup should have an annual vet visit and dogs older than 8 to 10 years should have two visits each year. But an occasional extra visit might be worthwhile in certain cases.

If you identify the following symptoms in dog’s behavior, don’t panic — although a vet visit is a wise precaution, many of these ailments are entirely, and often easily, treatable.

I spoke with Dr. Ann Hohenhaus of the Animal Medical Center of NY about what dog owners should keep their eyes open for when they’re considering calling the vet.

Weight Loss or Gain

Both weight loss and weight gain could signify a problem. However, pet owners tend to not be the most astute observers of fluctuations in their pet’s weight. Hohenhaus encourages walking by the vet’s office and asking to use the scale every so often, a request she says they will happily oblige.

“Weight loss is more commonly a sign of disease in dogs than weight gain,” Hohenhaus says. “Weight gain is a little more unusual.” It can stem from retaining fluid, an under-active thyroid, a distended abdomen, or an adrenal gland disease.

Drop in Activity

A decrease in your dog’s activity could mean the dog is anemic, has joint pain, heart problems, arthritis, or just feels weak and low-energy. “Almost any disease has decreased activity associated with it — it’s a general finding, but an important one,” Hohenhaus says.

Scratching, Licking, or Chewing

Any of these three symptoms means your pet is itchy for some reason — and it’s by no means uncommon. According to Hohenhaus, allergies are the number one reason for vet visits, as reported by pet insurance companies. There is allergy medicine for dogs, and they also are sometimes prescribed allergy medicines made for humans. There are even allergy shots available.

Bad Smell

Any unusual odor your otherwise clean dog is emitting is something to examine further. If you notice a smell, Hohenhaus recommends immediately taking a look at the dog’s ears, skin, anal glands, mouth, and teeth. Still, it’s worth having a professional take a look to pinpoint where it is coming from and if it might be an infection.

Vomit and Diarrhea

Dogs, as any dog owner knows, will occasionally throw up. “If your dog throws up once, I’m not that worried about it,” Hohenhaus says.

However, if your dog is continually throwing up, or throwing up in conjunction with diarrhea, it is likely that something is wrong. The vet can check for intestinal parasites, or in the rare case the dog got into the trash and ate something that is stuck in its stomach or intestine, the vet can take care of this more urgent situation.

Drinking More Water Than Usual

If the water dispenser is going down faster than normal, it may be that your pup is be more than just thirsty! If you notice your dog going out of his or her way to increase water intake — the bowl is dry, the dog is trying to get more water from another pet’s bowl, or the dog is going to the toilet for extra water (i.e. making an effort!) — this can be a sign of diabetes, a kidney problem, or an adrenal gland problem, and is an important observation to get to your vet’s attention.

Cough and Sneeze

As with people, coughing or sneezing could just be an upper respiratory infection (a.k.a., a cold), kennel cough, or pneumonia. Your vet will likely be able to help alleviate some of your dog’s symptoms though, so again — worth a trip.


“Your pet really shouldn’t bleed, anywhere,” Hohenhaus says. If you see blood, it is a problem. “The only time it might be normal is for a female dog in heat who might drip a little blood from their vulva, but assuming that you have a spayed female dog, there shouldn’t be blood coming from anywhere.”

Dogs can also get nose bleeds, a cut in their foot, or blood in their urine. If there’s a bad cut, a vet might do a couple stitches, and if there is blood in the pup’s stool, it is advisable to test the stool and check for parasites. Bleeding in the mouth could be a dental problem. Your vet will help you get to the root of the issue.

Unexpected Accidents

Dogs face many of the same health problems that we do. Symptoms such as changes to bowel movements, blood in urine, or accidents in the house could mean similar things as they might for us — bladder stones or a U.T.I. — and needs to be treated. They’re uncomfortable for our, dogs too!


While this doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong, limping can be a sign of bone cancer, in which case it is best to get a vet involved immediately. However, even if it traces back to a twisted ankle, a veterinarian’s care can only help. Limping could also point to a ruptured ligament or arthritis.

Lump, Swelling, or Growth

A lump anywhere on the body, in the mouth, back, feet, or toes is worth getting checked out. The vet will do a very simple procedure — a fine needle aspirate — something Hohenhaus says they do “100 times a day to get a quick answer as to what the bump might be.” Many are totally benign, but it’s best to check, especially since it is not hard to do.

6 Secret Warning Signs Of A Sick Cat

Is my pet cat ill? How do I know if they are ill? This is probably one of the most asked questions when it comes to cats.
Since cats cant obviously talk, it can be difficult to know and realize signs that may mean they are ill.
Also, cats are very good at hiding signs, that sometimes you won’t be able to know if they are ill
But why is this? Think wild. If an animal shows or is ill and weak out in the wild, it will die and get eaten.
Cats share more than 95% of their DNA with a Siberian Tiger so protective behavior like this is an instinct to them

There might be obvious and clear signs of illness in your cat such as blood in their waste or vomit.
Seeing blood in when your cat urinates can mean urinary tract disorder, especially if your cat is straining and finding it difficult.
Blood in the feces can signify a range of illnesses, some minor, and some more serious.
When it comes to vomiting, throwing up the hairball every now and then is probably normal.
However, if they are vomiting several times a day or they throw up blood, you’d have to get them to the vet ASAP.
Vomiting blood is always a sign of a serious illness.

Another visible symptom is diarrhea which can lead to dehydration. If untreated, it can be fatal.
Diarrhea is when too much water is discharged with the feces, therefore making loose or watery waste.
Constipation, on the other hand, happens when the body creates small, hard, and infrequent stools.
It is usually produced by hairballs, and shouldn’t go unnoticed as it can lead to weight loss and anorexia

Most of the time we recommend a rule to take your feline friend to the vet at least once a year. If you have an older cat, or if your cat is known for having health problems, then your vet might advise you for more visits.

Let’s go over 6 common signs of illness in cats.

1: Change(s) in Appetite or Thirst

If a cat suddenly doesn’t eat or drink, this often means the cat is in pain or is otherwise feeling poorly.

Contrary to popular belief, most cats are not fussy eaters.
Look for changes, such as an increase or decrease, in how much your cat eats. Eating too much or too little can possibly suggest disease.
For example, eating less than usual can mean even a dental problem.

If a cat is more thirsty than usual, this can mean issues like diabetes or kidney problems.

2: Out of the Litter Box

If your cat has been fine about using the litter box, then suddenly is starting to making a mess anywhere out of it,
there’s a problem. This habit can be just behavioral or might mean a disease.
Be sure to keep your litter box clean, as cats don’t like using a dirty litter box.

If your cat is straining or is in pain when to urinating or defecating, take them to the vet immediately.

3: Unusual Weight Loss or Gain

If your cat is losing or adding on weight for unknown reasons, it’s a good idea to take them to the vet.
Weight gain/loss can mean a thyroid condition in your pet, but, the cause can be as serious as cancer.
In older cats, losing weight is normal as when they grow they lose muscle mass, but a big loss can mean something severe.
Severe weight gain can end in obesity, which can mean arthritis, tumors, and a much shorter lifespan. It can also lead to
human diseases like heart disease

4: Change in Normal Behavior

Changes in behavior can indicate concern in an ill cat. One classic sign is noticing if your typically social cat starts hiding or acting weird.
Most cats when not feeling good will avoid people in general.
Similarly, if a cat is hurt or sick, they may become aggressive, especially if you touch a sore spot on them.

5: Change in Grooming Habits

If you notice a change in your cats’ fur, such as it is more dull than usual or maybe even greasy.
Even if your cat stops grooming a tiny bit, it means something severe such as skin disease.
On the other hand, a cat that suddenly starts over-grooming could be a sign of pain or allergies.

6: Changes in Sleep Patterns

Cats sleep A LOT. In fact, they spend about 2/3 of their lives sleeping. But they do start a consistent routine of napping when they feel good.
Look for changes in your cat’s napping routine.
If your cat is up all night exploring the house or is overactive throughout the day,
there might be a problem like pain and/or illness.

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  1. 1. Most popular and least popular pets in India Interesting facts about pets
  2. 2. Pets • A pet or companion animal is an animal kept primarily for a person's company, protection, and/or entertainment rather than as a working animal, sport animal, livestock, or laboratory animal. Popular pets are often noted for their attractive appearances, and their loyal or playful personalities.
  3. 3. Pets in India
  4. 4. Most popular pet in India • They are very helpful in nature and considered as the man’s best friend. They have been proved very useful for the mankind for years. They understand human’s way of talking and nature very well.
  5. 5. Least popular pet in India • Snakes are dangerous if they are poisonous.
  6. 6. Interesting facts about dogs • A normal adult dog has 42 teeth and puppies have 28. • Dogs sweat only through the pads of their feet. • Dogs sense of smell is more accurate than human, which is 10,000 to 100,000 times.
  7. 7. Interesting facts about dogs • Dogs cannot see colors as clearly as humans and cannot distinguish and see the exact color. • . Dog nose prints are unique. • Newly born puppies are deaf, blind. • Don’t ever feed your dogs with grapes or resins, even in small amounts Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  8. 8. Interesting facts about cats • The furry tufts on the inside of cats’ ears are called “ear furnishings”. • Most female cats are right-pawed, and most male cats favour their left paws.
  9. 9. Interesting facts about cats • A female cat is called a “molly” or a “queen”. • Male cats are called “toms”.
  10. 10. Interesting facts about rabbits • Hares are born with their eyes open, hair covering their bodies, and they can run within a few minutes of birth • A baby rabbit is called a kit, a female is called a doe, and a male is a buck. A group of rabbits is called a herd.
  11. 11. Interesting facts about rabbits • Rabbits are herbivores, eating a diet entirely of grasses and other plants. • A rabbit’s life span is about 8 years, though sterilized rabbits (those who are spayed/neutered) can live as long as 10-12 years.

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What Is The Treatment And How To Diagnose Toxoplasmosis In Cats?

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease of cats. It is caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. Toxoplasmosis can affect animals as well as humans. The total life cycle of parasite completed in cats. Toxoplasmosis has acute as well as chronic form. But the chronic has no clinical symptoms whereas the acute form appears with symptoms. For more information related to toxoplasmosis in cats keep reading here at PetVet.

Toxoplasmosis is one of the famous cat’s diseases. It not only cause disease in cats but also to humans. Especially, the warm-blooded animals and humans. But among all warm-blooded the primary living hosts are cats. The parasite travel from the feces into the environment. The raw meat is also a source of causing infection to humans. The parasite causing disease usually completes its life cycle in cats. Toxoplasmosis can be acute as well as chronic.

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