Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the most common disease affecting cats over 7 years of age and is a major cause of suffering and death in senior cats (up to 50% of elderly cats are affected).

As cats age, their kidneys begin to lose the ability to function as well as they should. This leads to waste products building up in the blood and a lack of ability to conserve water. The cats become dehydrated despite excessive drinking. The kidneys play a key role in maintaining proper blood pressure, so we often see hypertension in these cats.

Signs that may be an indication of CKD include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Drinking and urinating more than usual
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dull, matted coat
  • Sleeping more than normal

Most often an increase in drinking and urination is the first change noticed, but unfortunately, many of these signs don’t show until the damage has been done. CKD may also be present despite no obvious signs.

The INSPIRE study is an international research effort to evaluate an investigational medication to manage CKD in cats so they might live healthier lives.

Our practice is currently screening cats for this important global study!

  • The findings from this study may lead to better treatment, health, and quality of life for cats with CKD
  • Your cat’s kidney health will be monitored closely
  • Your cat will receive comprehensive medical evaluations and diagnostic testing
  • It’s free! There is no cost for your cat’s participation

If your cat has been diagnosed with CKD or is a senior cat, visit for more information.

Contact us right away at 919-847-0141 if you believe your cat is eligible.



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