This is a little rarer, but equally as important to keep an eye out for. CKD can sometimes result from toxic poisoning of the kidneys.
And this is where you have to be vigilant. Because kidney damage can occur if your cat has been exposed to any of the following toxins:
In the case of grapes and raisins, we suggest keeping them in the fridge. For lilies, its best to not keep them in the house at all.
If feel your cat has ingested one of the above, get in contact with your vet immediately. They will advise you on what to do next.
For your cat’s vet to gain an understanding of the causes that may have led to your cats CKD, they will need to carry out tests of your cat’s blood and urine.
They will also carry out tests to help you understand if any of the underlying causes mentioned above may have contributed to the progression of this condition.
Following these tests you will have a better understanding as to whether your cats CKD was caused by a Congenital condition (one that has been present since birth) or an acquired condition (one that has developed in later life).
One of the most important things to remember is that it is no longer about the causes but how you are going to care for your cat going forward, whether that be with medication or via therapy, including for example a prescription diet.
Remember, a diagnosis of CKD is by no means a death sentence.
Research has shown that cats who receive the correct but simple care and treatment can improve their life expectancy.
Giving you the opportunity to enjoy many more happy years with your beloved pet, whilst they enjoy the best quality of life.