Your vet has probably recommended regular check ups which will include a history, physical exam and blood and urine tests to monitor the kidney disease.  These are often done 6 monthly or annually but may be done more frequently depending on the health of your cat.   Some vets may also recommend monitoring of your cat’s blood pressure which may require a few hours in the hospital. 

It is a good idea, when your cat is diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, to ask your vet for an approximate cost and frequency of tests so you can plan ahead.  Remember, however, that this will only be an approximate guide as the future will very much depend on your cat’s health.  

These check ups and tests are vital in monitoring the progression of kidney disease as they give the vet an indication of how well the kidneys are filtering waste and how the health of the kidneys is progressing.   This enables your vet to adapt the treatment plan so that your cat has the best chance of a good quality of life.  It can also help to see how well the food or any prescribed medication is helping to manage the disease.