Renal Disease in Cats

Miss Buster, in her younger days

I thought I would jump on this blog hop today since it was about cats!

My senior cat, Miss Buster will be 18 years old in Oct. Monday she was diagnosed as Renal. (Kidney failure) I knew it was something - she's losing muscle, is lethargic and seems depressed.  After a $400 blood work up, we have her on Royal Canin - a prescription renal cat food. We're on the second day and so far she is still eating it. There is no kidney dialysis for cats. Well only if you want to shell out $25,000 for 2-3 weeks - Totally beyond the reach of most people. Duh!

So, us simple people,  we'll just have to pray and rely on the best renal diet that is out there. Royal Canin has several - wet food and dry. Hills Prescription Diet Feline K/D, and Eukanuba Cat Veterinary Diet Renal Formula.

Here are some good Renal websites you might want to bookmark, as not to be caught off-guard.

The Truth about Renal Diets for Cats

Tanya's Comprehensive Guide to feline Cronic Kidney Disease

If you notice any of these signs in your cat, contact your vet: 

Reduced appetite
Increased thirst
Frequent or no urination
Bloody or cloudy urine
Poor coat appearance
Lethargy and depression
Weight loss
Bad breath
Sore mouth or mouth ulcers
Diarrhea or constipation
Increased sleeping


  1. I feel for you. We lost our Little Bit (four legged canine family member) to the same thing. We did everything we could for as long as we could. I hope you get a lot more time with your baby.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday. Thanks for joining in. ☺

  2. oh my....our best to your kitty! xoxo

  3. I knew none of this so I thank you for educating me

  4. We went through this with two aging female kitties, one with diabetes and one with kidney stones. I had to learn how to give them fluid with a large bore needle through the extra skin on the back of their neck. Along with their other medications and special diets, it was work, but I got to enjoy spending more time with them. My diabetic cat lived about 6 or 7 years past her diagnosis and my cat with several kidney stones lasted 16 months past her diagnosis.


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