One of the most common diagnoses for cats is kidney disease. In fact, some research indicates that approximately 1 in 3 cats suffer from this condition. This condition is primarily seen in older cats, though it may happen at any age.

Balanced Pets in Traveler’s Rest, SC is an integrative veterinary clinic providing primary and holistic care for all of your animal companions. We can diagnose and treat a variety of health problems in your pets, including kidney disease in cats.

There are two types of feline kidney disease: chronic and acute. Chronic develops over time and acute is sudden.

In this article, we’ll explain the causes, signs/symptoms, and treatment options for kidney disease in cats.


There are several potential causes of kidney disease in cats, including:

  • Genetics
  • Kidney infection
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney blockage
  • Toxins
  • Damage to kidney tubules
  • Damage to kidney filters
  • FIP (feline infectious peritonitis)
  • Cancer
  • Protein problem


Cats can be finicky by nature, so it can be hard to determine when your cat has developed a new quirk or if there is something serious going on. Still, it’s important to pay attention if you do notice a new behavior/habit.

Signs of kidney disease in cats include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Subtle weight loss
  • Reduced appetite
  • Unexplained vomiting
  • Sudden/increased weight loss
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Changes in grooming habits
  • Reduced energy levels
  • Pale gums
  • Bad breath
  • Enlarged abdomen
  • Blood in urine

What Can You Do?

If you notice any of the above signs/symptoms of kidney disease in your kitty, contact the team at Balanced Pets right away.

In order to diagnose your cat, we will perform several tests including bloodwork and a urinalysis. It is important to note that at this time, there is no cure for this condition in feline companions. However, there are some steps you can take to manage the disease including medication, special diets, and alternative therapies.

The best way to keep your cat healthy is to:

  • Schedule wellness exams every 6 months so that we can monitor them for kidney disease as well as other medical issues- especially if your cat is older or has a genetic predisposition for kidney disease
  • Feed your cat a proper diet
  • Practice good dental hygiene, including cleanings
  • Reduce your cat’s stress levels as much as possible
  • Encourage your cat to drink more water by keeping bowls filled with fresh, clean water or using a fountain-style water bowl

If you are in or near Traveler’s Rest, SC, let the team at Balanced Pets take care of your feline companions- and other furry friends. In addition to providing primary and holistic veterinary care, we also offer boarding and other services.