In most cases, an underlying cause for chronic kidney disease can’t be identified, so treatment is aimed at managing the disease to keep your cat living as full and happy a life as possible, for as long as possible.
Cats with chronic kidney disease can become dehydrated very quickly so it is very important that your cat always has free access to a fresh supply of water. Your vet will be able to advise you on how you can increase your cat’s water intake. Some ways include placing multiple water bowls throughout the house, adding extra water to your cat’s food, feeding a wet (tin or sachet) diet or even having a cat drinking fountain.
Your vet may suggest changing your cat’s food to one specifically designed for chronic kidney disease. These diets typically contain lower protein and phosphate levels and help to prevent ongoing kidney damage or the build-up of excess waste products in the blood.
Sometimes your vet may suggest additional therapies to maintain normal blood pressure and adequate levels of potassium and phosphate. Your vet will also be able to advise you on any other lifestyle changes that may help your cat to cope with their kidney condition.