There are a number of factors thought to cause Chronic Kidney Disease.  Cats are carnivores so naturally their diet is high in protein which is more challenging for the kidneys.  As well as this, because of the way we love and care for our pets, they are living longer, yet some of their organs aren’t able to keep up with that.

The kidneys can also become affected by other common diseases like hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure and previous urinary tract infections.  As well as this, Persian and oriental cat breeds tend to be genetically prone to getting kidney disease.

Commercial dry foods and lack of water intake over a life time may also play a role in chronic kidney disease.

With all of this in mind, there are a number of things you can do to lower the risks and these include, ensuring your cat has 24/7 access to fresh water, feeding them a good quality diet and ensuring they remain at a healthy weight.

It’s also a great idea to get an annual blood test, especially once your cat is over 8 years old.  This may identify any changes in their kidneys before symptoms are even seen.