What signs
should I look out for?

Chronic kidney disease develops over a period of many months, years, and it is quite common for owners to have not noticed any clinical signs in their cats when they are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Clinical signs can develop very gradually, so it is important to monitor your cat for any of the signs listed below at home, as they provide a guide to disease progression and response to treatment. If you have any concerns at any time speak to your veterinarian as they will be the best person to give you the right advice for your cat.

Signs of chronic kidney disease can include:


  • Weight loss
  • Drinking and urinating more than usual
  • Loss of appetite

  • Dehydration
  • Dull, matted coat
  • Sleeping more than normal

  • Lack of grooming
  • Bad breath
  • Weakness or lethargy

Unfortunately, none of these signs are specific for chronic kidney disease in cats, so your vet may need to do a number of tests to find out what is causing them.