Acute Kidney (Renal) Failure In Cats
Acute kidney failure (AKF) in cats occur when the kidneys suddenly fail to function in filtering the body of wastes and toxins. When this happens, there will be buildup of toxins and other metabolic wastes in the blood circulation, electrolyte imbalances, and other physiological abnormalities. If diagnosis is made early and aggressive treatment is given, AKF is potentially reversible. While the problem can occur in cats of any age, senior cats have a higher predisposition.
Being an acute condition, the symptoms are sudden in onset. These may include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, listlessness, distinct odor from the nose or mouth, and/or seizures. Some cats may urinate frequently while others don’t urinate at all. A recent history of surgery, illness, trauma, or toxin ingestion may have taken place.
AKF is a medical emergency. An ill cat should be brought to the nearest vet clinic Georgetown, IN ASAP.