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We love our pets, right? I think that, for most of us, they’re more than just furry roommates. They’re essential members of our family. Our best friends, our closest companions. They motivate us to get out of bed in the morning, snuggle with us when we’re feeling down. When we’ve watched one too many scary movies late at night, they’re our source of comfort. After all, we know that as long as our pets aren’t growling there are no scary monsters in the house. Right? Right????
The point is, we love our pets, and we want them to be with us as long as possible. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to spend many years with my fur kids. While I did lose two of my dogs this year, they were both nearly 15. I have a 14 and a 12-year-old cat, and my other dog turns 10 in December. I also have one very special ancient lady! My cat, Mally, just turned 20 years old! She’s officially been with me for half my life. In fact, I just came across this old picture from our early days together. Weren’t we adorable? My mom actually woke me from a nap to show me what she did to my cat. Oh, Mally, what a good sport you are!
While I’ve always kept up with her health, as she gets older I’m even more cautious (some may call me neurotic, but I don’t think you can be too careful when you have an older pet).
Startling Facts Kidney Disease In Older Cats
Why am I so cautious? For one thing, she’s 20! I think that says a lot. Another reason: I learned SO much about kidney disease in cats when I wrote about the new IDEXX SDMA™ screening test the first time back in May (check that out here if you missed it). At first, I was mostly concerned about my cat Prue. She’s always struggled with medical issues. Our vet finally figured out that she has kidney disease. She’s not alone. One in 3 cats will develop kidney disease over their lifetime.
When I learned just how much that number jumps for older cats, though, my concern quickly shifted to Mally. More than half of cats over age 15 are afflicted. More than half! We humans have heart disease as our leading cause of suffering and death. Cats have kidney disease. Just like we need regular screenings to check on the status of our cardiovascular health (aka our tickers), our pets should be screened every year for chronic kidney disease.
Our cats can’t tell us when they’re not feeling well. In fact, they’ll often go out of their way to hide it. Mally doesn’t exactly say to me “hey, I don’t feel so great, let’s go get my kidneys checked.” While she does meow very loudly if the water in her bowl is more than five minutes old, or if her dinner is more than 30 seconds late, she hasn’t mastered the art of communicated her physical ailments to me, so it’s up to me to make sure I stay on top of things and be proactive.
Stay proactive with your cat’s kidney health
Being proactive with your cat’s kidney health is easier than ever with the IDEXX SDMA kidney screening test. It’s a breakthrough test that can actually detect the disease months to years earlier, while you can still do something about it. I recommend checking out my first post for a more in-depth look at the science and medicine behind it, but basically, the old method of screening was unable to detect kidney disease until much later. IDEXX SDMA gives you a chance to catch it before it gets out of control and come up with a management plan with your vet to keep it in check while your cat’s kidney function is still intact.
IDEXX SDMA is available to all veterinarians, so make sure you ask your vet about it during your next routine visit. If you suspect that your cat may already be dealing with kidney problems, don’t wait for the annual checkup. Make the appointment now.
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Have you ever dealt with kidney disease in one of your pets? Have you ever talked to your vet about IDEXX SDMA?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of IDEXX. The opinions and text are all mine.
Good info for cat owners and people who look after cats. Thanks for sharing
Thank you for this article. Very informative. Had 2 elderly cats pass with kidney disease.
We had golden retrievers when I was a kid, and one of them developed kidney failure as a senior dog. It came on unexpectedly, I still wish we could have done something about it.
Senior cats have their own needs especially since their bodies can’t take as much as they used to. I think it’s good to have your cat checked on a regular basis, they are prone to a lot more illnesses like kidney disease. This is such a good reminder!
I will have to share this with my kitty owning friends. I think having monthly or bi yearly check ups is really important. I have a dog that is only one, but I get her checked out at least once a year.
So important to address the needs of our aging pets head on. Love your kitty!
This is really helpful. I need to be proactive for sure. We’ve had our cats for less than a year now!
Such great information for cat owners. I know several of my friends’ cats have all gotten kidney disease as they aged 🙁
This is a nice thing to know. I will share this with my daughter, they have a cat at home.
I am going to have my vet do a IDEXX SDMA kidney screening test on my cat the next time I take her back. In fact, I see that I shouldn’t wait and I’ll schedule a visit especially for that.
Back in the day, when I had older cats, we always got them regular checkups and we felt this was the best way to keep up on their overall health.
I’m glad to hear that Mally has had such a long life! She must be a pretty healthy kitty. My Manna has had the IDEXX SDMA test and her kidneys are looking great! It has given me a lot of peace of mind to know that she is passing a test that is this sensitive. 🙂 Thank you for spreading the word!
I have a senior cat. I’m very happy to have read your post.
And this couldn’t have come at a better time. My sister’s cat turns almost 14 now I think, it’d be best for her to turn around the diet.
Oh, this is really informative. Our cat is just little for now.