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What is Kidney Enlargement?

Kidney enlargement is a condition in which one or both kidneys experience inflammation, fluid retention, swelling, or an abnormal growth. These situations can cause the kidneys to grow in size. This inflammation may be caused by a variety of conditions, some of which are life-threatening. Enlargement can be a warning sign of acute or chronic kidney failure. The kidneys are necessary to filter waste and toxins from the blood stream, so any condition that impairs their function will quickly have a negative impact on other bodily functions. Certain breeds are more prone to developing kidney issues, including Siamese, Persian, Burmese, and Maine Coon. Any cat experiencing symptoms of kidney enlargement or kidney failure should be seen by a veterinary professional.

Symptoms of Kidney Enlargement in Cats

Kidney enlargement can cause a variety of symptoms, although it is possible for the kidneys to be enlarged and the cat to be asymptomatic. If the kidney is very enlarged, it may be possible to feel or see the swollen area. The symptoms associated with an enlarged kidney closely resemble symptoms of several serious medical conditions. Any cat experiencing symptoms like these should be seen by a medical professional immediately. 

Symptoms include:

  • Lethargy 
  • Weakness
  • Depression or apathy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Increased urination
  • Discolored urine
  • Blood in vomit, urine, or feces
  • Increased thirst
  • Pale gums or mucous membranes
  • Abdominal bloating, swelling, or mass
  • Swelling around the area of one or both kidneys
  • Bad breath
  • Abdominal pain and sensitivity to touch
  • High blood pressure
  • Anemia
  • Seizures

Causes of Kidney Enlargement in Cats

Kidney enlargement can be a symptom of a variety of medical conditions. The kidneys may become inflamed as a result of injury, infection, or serious conditions like cancers or poisoning. Enlargement may also be related to issues with other organs or portions of the renal system. Some of the common causes of kidney enlargement in cats and other companion animals include:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Parasite Infestation
  • Feline leukemia virus
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Urinary tract obstruction
  • Blood clots
  • Poor blood flow through the kidneys
  • Cysts
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Certain cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma
  • Toxins, including heavy metals, solvents, and antifreeze
  • Some cancer treatments
  • Certain medications
  • Envenomation
  • Heart disease
  • Immune system diseases
  • Severe dehydration
  • Kidney stones
  • Amyloidosis
  • Trauma or injury

Diagnosis of Kidney Enlargement in Cats

Diagnosing kidney enlargement can be challenging because its symptoms are similar to other conditions and because kidney enlargement can be a symptom of a variety of medical issues. This will require your veterinarian to use multiple diagnostic techniques to verify kidney enlargement and determine its underlying cause. Be prepared to provide your veterinarian with information about your pet’s medical history, any recent medical issues or procedures, any symptoms you have observed, and how long your cat has been presenting symptoms. A full physical examination may be performed. It is often possible for veterinary professionals to diagnose enlargement during a physical examination because the kidney swelling or abdominal mass is palpable. 

Additional diagnostic methods will likely be used to determine what is causing kidney inflammation in your cat. A blood panel, including complete blood count and a close look at creatinine and phosphorous levels, is common. Urinalysis with particular attention to protein and blood in the urine is another routine method for identifying the underlying cause of kidney issues. Urine and blood cultures will help determine if an infection is responsible for your cat’s condition. Additionally, urine or feces may be examined under a microscope for signs of parasitic infection. X-rays and other imaging techniques will provide additional detail on the kidneys and interrelated systems. In some cases, exploratory surgery or tissue biopsy may also be used to form a diagnosis. 

Treatment of Kidney Enlargement in Cats

If your cat is experiencing kidney or renal failure, treatment will be required immediately. Kidney failure can quickly become life-threatening. Hospitalization may be required for several days or weeks to stabilize and treat your pet. Medication may be prescribed to treat the underlying cause of kidney enlargement, but medications carry some risk as the kidneys will be responsible for processing any medication. Some common treatments associated with kidney enlargement in cats include:

Dialysis

The purpose of dialysis is to filter the blood, which is a normal function of the kidneys. When the kidneys are functioning poorly, waste material is not properly filtered. Dialysis can help with filtering. There is a moderate risk associated with dialysis, but the treatment will be recommended if the benefits outweigh the risk. 

Surgical Intervention

Surgery may be needed to clear an obstruction, remove a tumor, or repair certain issues. Surgery carries some risk and will require careful observation during surgery and recovery. Your pet will likely be hospitalized post-surgery to ensure there are no complications. 

Intravenous (IV) Fluids 

Fluid therapy can assist with dehydration, removing some impurities from the system, and balancing electrolyte levels. This common treatment carries a very low risk but is generally provided on an inpatient basis. 

Feeding Therapy 

Proper nutrition and caloric intake is essential to your pet’s treatment and recovery. If your pet is experiencing weight loss or anorexia, a feeding tube or appetite stimulant may be used. 

Kidney Transplant 

A kidney transplant may be recommended if your cat’s kidney is damaged beyond repair. Only certain cats will be a good candidate for transplant. Factors including your cat’s age, overall health, and the availability of a kidney that is a good match will all be considered. As with any surgical procedure, there is a moderate risk associated with this treatment.

Recovery of Kidney Enlargement in Cats

Your pet’s recovery from kidney enlargement will depend largely on the cause of the enlargement. In some cases, your cat’s condition will be easily treated, and recovery will occur fairly quickly. This is the case for the majority of infections and many toxins. Certain conditions that can cause kidney inflammation are not so easily treated. Additionally, if significant damage has occurred to one or both kidneys, the prognosis may be poor. If your cat is healthy enough to return to their home, fresh water should be kept nearby at all times. Proper fluid intake is essential to maintaining proper kidney function. Your veterinarian may also recommend dietary changes. Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions for medications and follow-up visits as required. 

Kidney Enlargement Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Grey Grey
Feline
11 Days
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat has an enlarge kidney and I don't know what to do. I took him to the vet and they tell Me that their is nothing they can do. My cat is 11yrs old and I have been trying to figure out if their is away he can have surgery to have the kidney remove. But the vet won't answer my calls or anything. He drinks plenty of water and sometimes he be in pain. I really don't know what else to do. The vet won't give him no antibiotic shot or nothing. So can you please tell me if their anything he can take for his enlarge kidney.

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Sam
Unsure
1 1/2 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

barely eating/drinking
Enlarged kidney
lying around
not peeing
not pooping

Sam, our one year old inside cat, threw up yellow liquid four times on Friday so that afternoon we took him to the vet. During the physical examination, the vet said that his bladder was huge. She catheterized him and only a small amount of urine came out. So she decided to do an ultrasound to see what the huge thing was. It was one of his kidneys. She did an x-ray, and it showed that that kidney is much bigger than the other one. She did bloodwork and all of his kidney numbers are on the lower side of normal. She said the enlarged kidney needs to be removed. She said she doesn't think the kidney is the reason for the throwing up though. She thinks that is because his colon is full. It is Monday and he has barely eaten and drank only a small amount of water over the weekend. He is barely peeing and still hasn't pooped even though we have been giving him the medicine that goes on his paw for him to lick off that is suppose to move things through. He mostly goes into a quiet room and sits alone when he isn't constantly in the litter box with no results. I called the vet and took him back and left him at the vet on my lunch break today. My questions are: Is there anything I can do to help him? Does it sound like the vet is doing all the right stuff? Is it necessary to have his kidney removed? If so, is it a routine surgery that a regular vet should be able to handle or should we consult a board certified vet that is 2 hours away? (Our vet gave us the number and said they can do it at my vet's office but she always likes to give people options when it comes to surgery. Thank you so much! We are so worried about our baby!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some cats have one kidney larger than the other and can be a normal finding, however if your Veterinarian felt that the kidney was too large or noticed something on the ultrasound then removal of the kidney would be indicated; this is a procedure which in theory any Veterinarian can perform but some Veterinarians may just refer a patient or give the option to the owner since it is an invasive (but relatively straightforward) surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/treatment/nephrectomy

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Willy
American Shorthair
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Kidney inflammation, aneorexia

Willy my 12 year old male orange tabby has went from 20 to 10.5lbs over the last year and a half. Two vet visits have yielded solutions that haven’t helped. He is emaciated and won’t eat but constantly begs for food. He occasionally throws up in large volumes overnight and drinks/urinates more frequently that last two months. He was treated with anti nausea meds, and 2 rounds of antibiotics. At this point he’s fed whichever high protein food I can get him to accept (last week included: cooked chicken, fresh raw pork, raw ground beef, tuna (with water), and Science Diet K/D perscription cans. All the meat was mixed with cat vitamins and pro-flora. He’ll rarely eat the same type of food twice a day. I can email you his complete labs and x-ray (as PDF if won’t paste correctly) In short: fecal was clear, X-rays showed inflamed kidneys (redily palpable), BUN 69mg/dL high, creatinine 2.9mg/dL high, White BC 21.1 10^3L high, RBC 5.7 10^6 low, HGB 9.1 g/dL low. Monocytes 5% high, Absolute Neutrophils 10550 high, Absolute Monocytes 1055 high, Absolute Eosinophils 2532 high. All other blood, urine, and fecal test parameters were within normal range. Thanks in advance for your generous help in saving my little buddy 💗

Related to: https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/kidney-inflammation

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a case like Willy’s, if your Veterinarian hasn’t narrowed in on a cause and treatment it would be wise to consult with a board certified Specialist; since you have the blood reports and x-rays I would recommend that you contact PetRays for a board certified Internal Medicine Specialist to give you another opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://petrays.com/specialists/internal-medicine/

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Cullen
domestic short hair
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Oral sores
Chronic eye infections
Tooth decay

Medication Used

Antibiotics for his eye

Cullen is relatively normal he does sleep pretty often and does not like playing for very long. He gets chronic eye infections in his right eye and is having some problems with his mouth. He’s had enlarged kidneys for over a year atleast but in January all of his blood work came back normal but yesterday I got his blood work done again to be prepared for him going under for his dental cleaning and a few elevated tooth extractions on December 7th. This time his proteins are mildly elevated. They said it could be from his high protein food (blue wilderness) or from his chronic eye infections and mouth trouble. My question is is it safe for him to be put under anesthesia? And is it possible that after we fix his mouth and get him on low protein food it will fix his kidneys?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there was a mild elevation in protein and other values were normal (kidney, liver etc…) then the dental could go ahead but all this would also be at your Veterinarian’s discretion as they are the one who decide if your cat will with anaesthetised or not. I doubt that dietary changes will fix his kidneys but dietary management can reduce the workload of the kidneys which is what we are looking for. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zeus
Blue Russian I think
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Anorexic
Lethargic

3 weeks ago our cat was diagnosed with an enlarged kidney. We were told to expect him to last only a couple more weeks. But he has since regained his appetite and most of his attitude. He is still drinking a lot, and more than normal which is understandable. My question is, would it be worth a follow up with our vet to determine if he's actually improving, or just go with the flow and let him do his thing. He just turned 15.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Zeus is otherwise healthy and happy, keep an eye on him; but I think it would be worth to check his numbers (blood tests) and just monitor him generally and see how he goes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
Maine Coon
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lethargic,not eating or drinking mu

two days ago our cat was diagnosed with an enlarged kidney,vet says not much can be done.bun is 180 and cre 17.1.not eating or drinking very,lethargic.any advice

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Those kidney values are very high, and the only possible treatment for kidney failure is aggressive hospitalization, IV fluids, and medications for nausea. Without knowing more about his situation, I'm not sure if he has a good prognosis with treatment, but if that is something that you want to pursue, time is of the essence and it should be started right away by a veterinarian. If that is not a treatment that you want to pursue, kidney failure is a very uncomfortable way to pass on, and you may need to make that decision for him. I'm sorry that that is happening to Leo.

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Cashmere
Persian
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Cashmere was diagnosed with enlarged kidneys. He has had 2 treatments under the skin with fluids within a week. He has lost another 1.3 lbs. he’s on a special diet now. He’s not eating much and not drinking much, mostly sleeping. He’s only 7 years old. Im so afraid he’s not going to make it..
Any advice ..?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be useful to have an ultrasound performed to see the structure of the kidneys, if the kidneys are enlarging but there are few functioning nephrons then there may be a more serious problem since the kidneys will not be able to function enough to remove water and waste products from the body. An x-ray or physical palpation will only show enlargement whereas an ultrasound will show structure; regular blood tests would also be useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Moops
Maine Coon
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight & Appletite Loss, Thirst,
Weight & Appetite Loss, Thirst
Weight & Appetite Loss, Thirst, Uri
Weight & Appletite Loss, Increased

13 year old female Maine Coon. Has lost 2 lbs in last month or two. Vet felt a blockage in Moops’ colon which she X-ray’d to confirm. Our Vet attempted to remove digitally today, however, she found it is not stool but a mass.. we are going to pick her up. We are being referred to a specialist but have been down this road before and spent $5,000 just for the workup to learn our rescue Great Pyr we had for only 1-month had prostate cancer spread to bone in tremendous pain with a 5% chance of surviving 18 months with chemo.. Likewise with other of our pets- thousands spent for workups only to find the compassionate thing was to euthanize.

My wife LOVES Moops. Are we not able to get a biopsy and prognosis at a good Vet without going to a Specialist? Are there differential diagnoses or at least odds on how intrusive a surgery?

Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Moops myself, feeling the mass and seeing the x-rays I cannot really give a good indication of a plan of action; a biopsy would be the next step but your Veterinarian seems to feel that this would be handled better by a Specialist than a General Veterinarian. You can speak with your Veterinarian about referring you to another General Veterinarian, but with the location and size of the mass, a Specialist may be the better call. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
Crossed
17 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic, anorexic, doesn't drink

My cat wasnt eating well since a few days and was nearly not drinking at all, i wasnt worried about his drinking as he was provided with wet food and milk so that sums up the water intake. But when my cat left eating and whenever he tried to eat he would go out of control and try to throw up like its stuck or something and sometimes would loose his bladder control too. I took him to the vet and he diagnosed that my cat was constipated and that both his kidneys were swollen. He wrote me a diet plan for my cat and emphasised on water intake. He gave my cat enema for his constipation and a syrup to follow with his food. After few days my cat has started eating on his own but he still has that throwing up thing, it looks so painful and he looses his mind when he's in that state, its like he can't breath or something. Please help me with his condition. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should continue with the treatment prescribed by your Veterinarian and try to get Simba drinking, it is very important for his water intake to be increased; the vomiting may be attributable to a few different causes but getting the water intake increased is the first step here even if you need to mix wet food with a little water to get water into him. If there is no improvement you should return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Johnsnow
Persian
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat has an enlarged kidney. I just found as I got it today. It’s not active and keeps on sleeping. Is it ok for him to sleep this much? He has an ear infection too and his glands are swollen. I have started him with Antibiotics. What should I expect?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for an enlarged kidney and it is important that the underlying cause is identified and treated or managed; the antibiotics are most likely for the ear infection but further testing may be required to determine why the kidney is enlarged and I would think an ultrasound would be vital to look at the structure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Midnight
American Shorthair
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 13 year old short hair male cat has one enlarged kidney. he still eats, plays and goes to the bathroom normally. the only thing about him is that he is always thirsty. he also weighs 9.6lbs. any idea what might be wrong with him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes a cat may have one kidney larger than the other, but at other times it may be indicative of numerous different conditions including infections, hydronephrosis, cancer, cysts, kidney failure among other issues. It would be useful for blood tests and an ultrasound of the kidney to be performed to shed some more light on the situation as there are many possible treatments or courses of action depending on the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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ipin
Persian
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Kidney enlargement

A few months ago, I found blood in my cat's piss so I brought him to vet. He then got diagnosed with enlarged kidney. Ultrasound and blood test also done to him and everything seems normal. He normally only eats Royal Canin's Urinary Treatment food, but since then I added Renal Special but not given as much in amount. His appetite has always been good, and I've always made sure that he has enough water and actually drink it. However, I haven't noticed his kidneys being any smaller, yet. Since his appetite and weight are always healthy (no problems, about 9-10pounds), should I worry? I also add wet food to balance his diet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of kidney enlargement requiring medical and dietary management as well as treatment of the specific underlying cause; depending on the cause of the kidney enlargement the treatment will differ, but the ultimate goal is to reduce the stress on the kidneys to prevent any further enlargement or kidney damage. If there is not a worsening of symptoms, I would keep an eye on Ipin for the time being and visit your Veterinarian for regular checkups. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Meme
domestic short hair
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

none
Enlarged kidney

My mother's 4 months old kitten has chronic large kidneys (she has always head them). The vet did an ultrasound and noted that they were an unusual color (completely dark with no spots).

My mother is seeing a specialist but could not great a straight answer from the vet about what this could mean. Besides from enlarged kidneys, the kitten experiences no symptoms. She eats, drinks a usual amount of fluid, urinates normally.

I was curious if I could be provided with some answers as to what this might be.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the internal part of the kidneys are dark it would indicate that there is little to no kidney tissue inside the kidneys (grey or white indicates tissue black is air or fluid) which would be attributable to a condition like polycystic kidney disease, hydronephrosis among others; without examining Meme and reviewing the medical file I cannot say what the specific cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Candy
Persian
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, Fever, Enlarged kidney

Hi, my cat had a kidney infection 2 months ago since she got dehydrated. Took her to the vet got an X-ray done she had an enlarged left kidney. However the renal function came normal with the urea and creatinine in normal limits. Recently she has been lethargic and has been feeling feverish so we took her to the vet again and got another xray done. This time the x ray showed multiple masses on her left kidney. We are still waiting for the blood work to come back to check her Renal functions but she has been slightly active (as compared to before) and has been eating normally. She has no problems urinating however a few times she did urinate outside the box. She isn’t feeling thirsty though. I know the most probable diagnosis is a renal lymphoma but is there a chance it could be anything else?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Lymphoma is high on the list, and an ultrasound may be a good idea to further evaluate the kidney and see whether surgery might be the best option for her to see if it is not lymphoma. Without pathology, it is very difficult to say what the growths might be. I hope that she is okay!

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Henry
dsh
2 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Eating more
Lethargy
Increased thirst
Enlarged kidney

Young cat started out two weeks ago, losing weight slowly but increased appetite and drinking. Ultrasound shows slightly enlarged kidney, PCV was 20 now it’s 8, had two blood transfusions. First they suspected FIP due to bloodwork, then that titar was negative, FELV FIV negative, they tested his bone marrow for leukemia negative. Now they think since his Pcv dropped again to 8 that he has kidney cancer. No blood in urine, urinating normally. Before tonight was active and acting normal 100%. At a loss and need advice.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Henry, at such a young age. You and your veterinarian have done quite a bit of testing to try and determine what is happening. I'm not sure what medications he is on, but one thing that comes to mind without having the benefit of examining him would be immune related anemia. If that is something that your veterinarian has considered and that he is on medication for, that may not be a possibility, but without being able to see him, that is the only thing that comes to mind as a possibility. I hope that he is okay.

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Sultan
Persian
1 Year
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting and sudden weightloss

Was first diagnosed with ringworm, his former vet gave injection for it. Post that he started vomiting and stopped eating. We changed his vet and current doctors noticed kidney enlargement and blocked poop in xray. His bloodchem was normal. Lost 1 kg in less than 2 weeks.
I'm extremely worried and stressed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is unlikely that the injection caused the kidney enlargement but it would be useful to have an ultrasound done to check the structure of the kidneys to help determine a cause. There are various causes for kidney enlargement including infection, renal lymphoma, nephrosis among other causes. I do not think the injection was the instigating cause of the kidney enlargement although it may have caused the loss of appetite and vomiting. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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poppet
moggie
1 Month
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

weak, not eating, refusing fluids,
weak, not eating, refusing fluid by
weak, not eating,

4 week hand rear kitten with enlarged kidneys, refusing food and milk supplement (being gently force fed and given subcut fluid regularly and 0.2 mL of Synulox twice a day. Malaise. 300 grams in weight ( 50 grams born ) How long before i see some improvement, if there is going to be any please?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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thank you for contacting us about Poppett today. Without knowing more about her case, I have a hard time commenting on expected improvement. What I would advise would be to call your veterinarian in the morning, as they have seen the kitten and know more what is going on with her, and ask what you should expect as far as recovery and improvement - they will be able to give you a better idea what to expect. I hope that she does well !

Vet advised pts as had lost weight and was only the size of a 2 week old :( Said it was kinder. My question is now, why it happened? Can it be de to something he 'caught' from another cat? Vet said it WASN"T fip, herpies, calichi or giardia as the kitten would have had different symptoms, like sneezing, discharge from the eyes, sores in mouth, tongue, Diarrhoea, lungs holding fluid, stomach holding fluid - so what could have caused it do you think?

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Tia
Persian chinchilla
5 Days
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

enlarged kidney, increased thirst

Medication Used

anti biotic injection

I care for a Persian chinchilla, she's 5 years old I understand and when she was speyed recently the vet noticed she had an enlarged kidney. She has been having anti biotic injections, blood test and fed special renal care pouch, her kidney hasn't really changed in size. She appears well and has put on weight though I have noticed that she drinks water more so than the other cats she is housed with. Before she was speyed I noticed that every so often she would get bouts of diarrhoea. The vet has said she needs to have a scan but her owner is reluctant. I have read that a cat an exist with one kidney functional is this correct and should she have the bad kidney removed ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cats like other animals (dogs, humans etc…) can live with one kidney; the first step would be an ultrasound to have a look at the size and internal structure of the kidney to determine what is happening along with blood tests and urinalysis to see what exactly is happening. Cats can live with one kidney, if fact half of a kidney is usually sufficient to do the work; but should the kidney be removed, dietary changes should be made to relieve any stress from the remaining kidney to keep it going as long as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your prompt response

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Vivian
Siamese
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Kidney

My cat Vivian 9 years old Siamese started acting funny about a week ago. She is usually very social with me but she started being by herself and going pee a lot. I noticed her drinking a lot more but not eating as much. Long story short took er to a vet did blood test and ultra sound and saw that one kidney was small and the other one was very enlarged. Got the blood work the next day and her bmu was 12, high (17) phosphorus, and low blood pressure. He told me to take her to a specialist and emergency vet. She has been there since with if fluids and medications. Her bmu is down to 8 and phosphorus down to 15. She’s starting to eat a little bit the doctor is more concerned that her enlarged kidney is still dialating. Oh and she has stones in both kidneys and one possibly blocking the one kidney which may be why it’s dialating. We sent out a urine culture to see if she has an infection or not but that won’t be here for another day or two. In the meantime she has been hospitalized for the last four days and I can’t afford to keep her in there. I will take her home tomorrow and continue the treatments at home and then have blood work done again at her regular vet in a couple of days. My question is I know she is probably stage 4 kidney disease...but I love her more than anything and don’t want to lose her, I also don’t want her to be in pain. I know that if I bring her home and monitor her and her numbers continue to go down and she eats that’s a good thing. But if her kidney keeps dialating and the other kidney doesn’t work anymore, is it best to spend a few days with her and put her to sleep or is there still a chance that I can get her healthier and not be in pain and she can live awhile longer?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Vivian and reviewing her medical file I cannot give you any assurances that she may or may not improve; however it is possible that a urinary stone is obstructing the flow of urine from the kidney leading to hydronephrosis, hydronephrosis can be seen nicely on an ultrasound and is a good diagnostic method. However, as I mentioned I cannot give you any assurances that is the cause or if it is treatable or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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CK
Domestic Long Haired
3 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

changes in overall behavior
Weight Loss
Loss of Balance
Lethargic

Medication Used

none yet

My three year old indoor only female kitty CK seems to have enlarged kidneys and what looks like a hernia. Could these issues be some how connected since both can be caused by trauma? I have no idea what could have caused her trauma unless she fell off of one of the high kitty condos. She is in the vet hospital receiving fluids and being monitored. She will receive an ultrasound and biopsy on thursday. I am keeping my fingers crossed

Cindy

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Enlarged kidneys may occur for numerous reasons and some cats will have small hernias without the owner being aware. I cannot say that the two or connected, an ultrasound and a fine needle aspirate or biopsy would be able to tell you more information. If trauma is the cause, you would be surprised how little trauma is needed to cause serious injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boggy
DOMESTIC
2 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

anorexia
Lethargy
Vomiting

Medication Used

ranitidine
metronidazole
Lasix
Metochlopramide
Saline glucose infusion

My male cat boogy is 2 years old he has his 2 kidneys enlraged and symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea with anorexia but he urinates his kidney func. Test shows urea of 97 mg/dl and normal creatinine of 1.2mg/dl is it renal failure and how i make sure noting that x.ray is not available and sonar shows just enlarged kidneys

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In this case since there is a normal creatinine levels and high urea levels, I would suggest asking your Veterinarian for a SDMA (or symmetric dimethylarginine) test as a high level of urea may be attributable to other causes like diet or gastrointestinal bleeding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mr. Kitty
Orange Short hair Tabby
18 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

My cat has a number of issues. He has hyperthyroidism, last known he was stage 2 kidney failure, IBD. He will be 18 in a months time.

I woke up Saturday morning to my cat crying on the floor near his litter box. I went to see him in this akward position and I went to pick him up, his legs were dangling.

I took him to his primary vet and he said he had feeling in his hind legs, but no mobility. Needs an MRI.

I took him to a trauma hospital they evaluated him said his kidney ballooned his temperature was low and he may have a mass inside? Or cancer is a possibility in the spine for him to lose mobility.

I was reading of other possible reasons for ballooned kidney like infection. I forgot to get bloodwork and now im second guessing everything.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure what your question is for Mr. Kitty, but I am sorry that that is happening to him. It seems that you take very good care of him. If you need more information about his current condition and what treatment options might be available, it would be best to follow up with your veterinarian, as they will have received copies of his lab work and physical examination notes. They'll be able to help guide you as to possible causes and treatments available. I hope that he is okay.

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