As pet parents, we want to make sure our pets are happy and healthy. The two go hand in hand, or in this case - paw in paw. One simple step we can take to ensure our pets are healthy is by monitoring their health for disease. By catching disease early on, it is easier to manage and treat.
One disease that is troubling for cats in particular is kidney disease. Kidney disease is a leading cause of suffering and death for cats. Kidney disease in cats is what heart disease is for humans. The problem with this is that there are no visible signs of kidney disease in cats early on, so it's more difficult to know when a cat is sick. Cats are very good at hiding disease as part of their natural defense against predators. As a result, most cats will not show signs of kidney disease until they have already lost most of their kidney function.
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Did you know that over 1 in 3 cats will develop kidney disease in their lifetime? As a cat grows older, their likelihood of developing kidney disease increases. More than half of cats over the age of 15 are afflicted. Fortunately, there is a new test available that can help detect kidney disease early.