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  • Writer's pictureCaroline Lavigne

Understanding Kidney Failure in Cats: The Importance of Subcutaneous Fluid Administration

Kidney failure is a common health issue that affects many cats. This condition can cause significant discomfort and pain for our feline friends. At WNC Pet Care, we understand the importance of providing quality care for cats with kidney failure. In this blog post, we will discuss the signs and symptoms of kidney failure in cats, as well as the importance of subcutaneous fluid administration for managing this condition.

What is Kidney Failure?

Kidney failure, also known as renal failure, occurs when the kidneys can no longer filter waste products from the blood. This results in a buildup of toxins in the body, which can cause a range of symptoms and health issues. Kidney failure is a common health issue in cats, especially as they age. In fact, it is estimated that one in three cats will develop kidney disease in their lifetime (1).

Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Failure in Cats

The symptoms of kidney failure can vary from cat to cat. Some common signs to look out for include:

  • Increased thirst and urination

  • Loss of appetite and weight loss

  • Vomiting and diarrhea

  • Lethargy and weakness

  • Bad breath and mouth ulcers

  • High blood pressure

If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat, it is important to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian right away. Early detection and treatment can help manage the condition and improve your cat's quality of life.

Subcutaneous Fluid Administration for Kidney Failure

Subcutaneous fluid administration is a common treatment for cats with kidney failure. This treatment involves administering fluids under the skin to help hydrate the cat and flush out toxins from the body. This treatment is typically done at home and can be administered by trained professionals like our staff at WNC Pet Care who have veterinary training. This service helps to manage the symptoms of kidney failure and improve the overall comfort and well-being of the cat.

Conclusion: Kidney failure is a common health issue that affects many cats. Early detection and treatment are essential to manage the condition and improve your cat's quality of life. Subcutaneous fluid administration is an effective treatment for managing kidney failure and is available through our specialized pet care services at WNC Pet Care. Our trained and experienced staff can administer fluids at home to ensure your cat receives the best possible care. References: 1. International Cat Care. (2021). Chronic kidney disease in cats. Retrieved from

2. Chew, D. J., & DiBartola, S. P. (2016). Fluid therapy in kidney disease. Veterinary Clinics: Small Animal Practice, 46(6), 1089-1104. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2016.06.003


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