Renal Failure in Cats
Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) in cats is a terminal illness. It is one of the more common causes of death in older cats. CRF occurs when ~70% of kidney function is destroyed.
Older Cat with Renal Failure
My 14-year-old cat, Cookie, apparently has a kidney infection. My vet says her creatinine and BUN levels are very high. Pleaseexplain to me what these mean. Do you have any idea of Cookie's chances are? My vet has her on fluids and antibiotics for 4 days. Is there any thing else I can do? Any info and help is greatly appreciated. Lucy
It's possible Cookie may be experiencing Chronic Renal Failure.
Chronic Renal Failure (aka CRF) occurs when ~70% of kidney function is irreversibly destroyed. Kidney function consists of the work done by tiny units called nephrons. Nephrons are responsible for filtering out toxins and wastes, like BUN and Creatinine, from the bloodstream. The toxins and wastes are normally concentrated and eliminated through urine. When the nephrons are destroyed, the kidneys are unable to filter out toxins, this in turn causes uremic poisoning. Thus, tests that show elevated levels of Creatinine and BUN indicate the possibility of CRF. About Creatinine & BUN:
CRF is a terminal illness and is one of the more common causes of death in older cats. It can result from:
I hope that Cookie makes it through! The most important thing is that you and your vet start her on a treatment program!! Simba
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