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New Test May Catch Early Warning Signs of Feline Kidney Disease — 16 Comments

  1. I am so very saddened to hear of all your losses to this vicious disease. I, too, have lost a few kitties to renal disease. This test will be wonderful if it works. That being said, I agree that by the time the BUN and/or creatinine levels are above normal, there is already sufficient loss of renal function. However, my vet has stated that the reason for doing senior bloodwork and urinalysis at least twice a year is so she can find evidence of renal disease BEFORE the values go above “normal”. She says that monitoring urine specific gravity is very important and once it starts to creep lower, she will begin treating for renal disease. As well, she begins treating cats for renal insufficiency/disease once the creatinine levels reach 1.5 even though that is still considered “normal”. She has been to lectures where the “experts” have stated that once the creatinine reaches 1.5, the kidneys are beginning to fail. I wish the laboratories would catch up with what the “experts” are saying……

  2. “…Cats find low protein diets less palatable and often moving a cat to a raw, high quality protein diet from a renal prescription diet leads to improved appetite.” This would seem to be in direct opposition to anything generated by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and of course, no one knows for sure which, if either, is definitive. I would guess that cats are so prone to kidney disease/failure because they are obligate carnivores. Animal flesh is probably the hardest thing to digest, and in time, the kidneys would have a hard time processing and eliminating the toxins present in factory-farmed, drug-laden animal products. Just an uneducated guess on my part.

  3. This is great news! I have only had one cat that had kidney failure. I hope to never go through that terrible pain ever again. Here is hoping that this test can help identify kidney failure much sooner. When our cat, Copper, was diagnosed we put him on a prescription diet. It obviously wasn’t very appetizing and very expensive. Hopefully this diagnoses being caught earlier will help lengthen our fur children’s lives. With that said, I wish the companies that make the food would make it more palatable and drop the cost because right now many people are struggling to survive themselves. Lowering cost would be of benefit to both cats and their human family.

  4. This year, I lost my beloved Bigfoot to kidney disease. I was shocked at how little the vets knew about the process of the disease. And how little they know of many of the symptoms related to the disease. It will take me years to get over it. The process was awful. The big question is why is it so common? I’m sure it is in the convenience foods we feed our companions. In Bigfoot’s case, I would let him eat anything he was willing, which was not much. He was an adult cat when he came to live with me and very set in his ways, including what foods he was willing to eat.

    He will always be in my heart. This is a photo in his last few months of life. There are many photos of him on this website.

    • I feel for you DW. It hurts.

      The big question is why is it so common?

      This is such an important question. It almost seems that when a domestic gets to around his/her teens in age, kidney disease is the common killer and I don’t think that should be accepted or be happening.

        • I am afraid it will go on for a very long time. For me, only now, about 20 years after my Missie died on the road can I think about her without being tearful. We are all different but when a cat captures your heart it is long journey before it is released.

    • So very sorry about Bigfoot DW, we experienced this in the late 90’s with our beloved Felix, it’s something we dread ever having to live through again. RIP Bigfoot x

    • RIP sweet boy! I have had to give sub-Q injections of Ringer’s solution for my treasured cat who was diagnosed with CRF. It gave us 7 months of fairly good quality time together. No loved one who goes on ahead ever leaves my heart, my soul, or my consciousness; I hope you share my conviction that we will be reunited with our loved ones again in due time.

  5. Let’s hope that this test does pan out. It would be great to catch the earliest warning signs to be able to begin earlier interventions to slow its progress.

    Of course what would be even better is to find better ways to even prevent the onset of this disease.

    Genetics play a huge part in the onset of kidney disease and certain breeds have a greater risk for kidney disease. This said, as they age, even mixed breed cats can be plagued with kidney problems.

    I truly believe that Excellent nutrition, eliminating dry food from cats’ diets, along with special dietary supplements such as the Omega3 products may go a long way to help reduce the earlier onset of kidney disease, especially in those breeds at greater risk

  6. Hill’s Pet Nutrition were heavily involved and they speak of how “we should be able to identify the problem earlier and use special diets to slow the disease.”

    It would be great if we could find a test for picking up on kidney disease at a much earlier stage. However I’m not sure whether to be sceptical or not about the SDMA biomarker story.

  7. Thanks for this Jo. This is potentially important because as you say the current diagnosis is too late to take proactive steps.

    Kidney disease in elderly cats is a massive problem. It makes me wonder why it is so prevalent.

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