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Cat Kidney Disease – When To Euthanize

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Cat Kidney Disease When To Euthanize

If your cat has kidney disease, when to euthanize may be something you need to think about. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats is the persistent loss of their kidney function over time. Healthy kidneys perform many important functions, most notably filtering the blood and making urine, so problems with kidney function can result in a variety of health problems for a cat

Problems with kidney function can cause a variety of health issues for your cat with them feeling unwell. And as they lose important vitamins and proteins the results can be severe. Learn more about kidney disease in cats – when to euthanise here…

Understanding Renal Disease

Renal failure in cats progresses in different stages – beginning with mild early disease – and developing to end-stage. Kidney failure in cats – final stages are technically defined as a less than 10% of normal renal function.

CKD can be seen in cats of any age, but is most commonly seen in middle-aged to older cats. It becomes increasingly common with age. It has been estimated that between 20-50% of cats over 15 years of age will have some degree of CKD.

Kidney failure can be categorised as acute or chronic. Chronic kidney failure is the loss of the functional units of the kidney – known as nephrons. Once damaged they can’t be replaced, as happens during every day wear and tear – or due to a bout of acute kidney failure.

Signs of Renal Failure

Symptoms of kidney failure in cats vary and not all cats will experience the indicators which range from blindness to depression.

Diagnosis of Feline Kidney Disease

Your vet will need to carry out a clinical examination to determine whether further testing will be required. A blood test will measure the amounts of blood urea nitrogen and creatinine – a high level will point to abnormal kidney filtering. A high level of phosphorus is also an indicative mark as it accumulates in the blood.

Further examination may also show evidence of nodules or cyst on the kidney that may indicate cancer. Or kidneys may be undersized or abnormal in shape. Lymph nodes may also be enlarged.

Diet Recommendations

Success in treating cats with chronic kidney disease has also been related to diet. Homemade diets with 40% protein calories and 60% fat mixed with supplements such as fish oil have proven to aid recovery.

Supplementing your cats’ diet with omega-3 fatty acids keeps kidney inflammation in check. Research has shown that cats that eat high amounts of fish oil have a longer life expectancy – as it slows the progression of kidney disease.

Life Expectancy

For chronic renal failure there is no cure – but with appropriate treatment, your cat may live for months or even years – the median figure comes in at between less than two years up to almost six years.

Gentle at Home Cat Euthanasia Following Kidney Failure

Sadly, cat euthanasia at home may be your final option for kidney disease. You’ll be able to discuss home visit services with an understanding vet – and get all the help and support you need at this difficult time.

The procedure will be clearly and simply explained. A mild sedative will be administered that sends your pet into a peaceful sleep. Then an anaesthetic agent will cause the heart to slow and calmly stop. And your cat will peacefully pass away surrounded by loved ones.



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Cat Euthanasia at Home

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Cat euthanasia at home is the peaceful way to send off your feline friend. There is no need to force them into a cat carrier or car, they will be able to stay calm and relaxed in a familiar and comfortable environment, with you and the rest of your family there to offer love and support.

We will always discuss which methods will best suit your and your pet's needs and wishes and we can provide you with as much information as you wish at your request.

Some of our clients are concerned about how much cat euthanasia costs - we always strive to provide an option which prioritises the comfort of your pet in their final hours without adding an unnecessary burden to your wallet. The only time when we add anything extra onto your bill will be when you need an Emergency Vet during unsociable hours. This is because we need to keep one of our Caring Vets on-call at all hours.

Putting a Cat to Sleep - How It Happens

Putting a cat to sleep can happen in several ways. Many of the people we work for prefer not to know the details, but if you you want to know more please read on:

The main thing to remember is that your cat will not feel any pain. They may notice a little pinprick as the sedative is administered, we do not need to shave any of their fur. The effects of the sedative will be noticed instantly in most cases, but for some unusually robust , dehydrated or ill cats it can take a little longer. The second injection, which contains anaesthetic, will only be given when your cat is already in a deep sleep. This helps them to pass away gently without realising it is happening.

When you choose to put your cat to sleep at home you are avoiding all of the negative aspects of doing it in a veterinary clinic. Your cat will be relaxed, can even be in their own bed if they want to be, and they will not need to have any stressful intravenous injections. In the end, they will simply be going to sleep for the last time.

The cost of putting a cat to sleep will not change depending on the method which you prefer.

Who Will Be Helping You With Your Cat Euthanasia at Home?

Putting a cat down is never be a decision to be taken lightly. It is always important to know that the Caring Vet who arrives to assist you is:

  • Fully qualified and trained
  • Highly experienced in helping families and their pets
  • Able to determine your pet's quality of life, and when it's necessary to act

If you have any questions about the process whatsoever, you can ask them when you call us or when your Caring Vet arrives. We have lost much-loved pets ourselves and will understand that sometimes you simply want it to be over, while other times you need as much information about pet euthanasia as you can possibly get.

One of the questions we are most often asked is "how much does it cost to put a cat down?". Your at-home cat euthanasia is rarely going to cost you anything more than a visit to a veterinary clinic would and is always much easier for you and for your beloved pet.


You need to be absolutely sure that when you book a vet home visit that you're going to be getting care from someone that you can count on. You can see below what some of our clients have said about the support that we have given them :

  • Testimonial
    My little Latte was ill for a long time but choosing to put her to sleep was still one of the most difficult things I've had to do. The vet you sent helped me to come to terms with how much she was hurting and helped arrange for her little body to be cremated afterwards too. I can't imagine having another pet after Latte but if I ever did and they needed such help I'd go to Cloud 9 Vets.
    Marlene Harrison
  • Testimonial
    We always said that when it was time for our Moxie to go we'd have her laid to rest at home where she could be comfortable. Being able to do that made it at least a little bit more like we'd planned it. She went quietly and without any pain and I held her paw the whole time so she knew we were with her. A beautiful service.
    Marjorie and Neil Scott
Making Arrangements

You can call and speak to one of our Care Coordinators at your convenience. We make putting a cat down at home respectful, peaceful and easy to arrange. Our phone lines are open between 7am and 8pm, 7 days a week.
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