Cat Health – Polycystic Kidney Disease

polycystic kidney disease in cats

polycystic kidney disease in cats


A veterinarian experienced in caring for a range of cat breeds, Dr. Jennifer Creed supports DePaw University Canine Campus as consulting veterinarian. Dr. Jennifer Creed’s professional background also includes time as emergency veterinarian at a clinic in Lisle, Illinois.

An illness that interrupts renal function in cats, polycystic kidney disease occurs when cysts begin to grow in the parts of the kidney responsible for filtering toxins out of the body. The disease can manifest in any cat, though certain breeds are at higher risk. For example, Persian breeds or those related to Persians tend to develop the condition more often than other varieties.

Often, polycystic kidney disease does not cause painful symptoms until the cysts have grown to the point that they begin to interrupt kidney function. At the later stages of the illness cats may experience nausea, vomiting, and reduced appetite.

In many cases, cats have too many cysts for veterinarians to effectively drain them, meaning that providers may opt for a treatment regimen focused on managing symptoms through diet and with the aid of drugs.


Training a Cat to Let You Sleep at Night



An experienced veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Creed has treated many domestic animals, with a special focus on cats. As well as performing ongoing health checkups for pets, Dr. Jennifer Creed advises pet owners on the best approaches to manage cat behavior, such as bothersome nocturnal activity.

Cats often nap during the day and experience periods of wakefulness during the night. This schedule is due in part to their wild ancestors who stayed up during the night. If your cat wakes you up regularly, first make sure that he or she doesn’t have a medical problem that is causing pain or interfering with sleep. If this is not the case, there are a number of things to try to encourage your cat not to bother you during the overnight hours.

For instance, you might play with your cat periodically during the evening. Use interactive cat toys such as dangling items or stuffed animal toys, and use them to help wear him or her out. You might also consider feeding your pet before going to bed, as cats usually fall asleep after a substantial meal.

You may still find that your cat gets hungry at some point in the night and wakes you up for food. An automatic feeder can dispense food for your cat during the night, making it less likely that you will be bothered.

If your cat does wake you to play or otherwise get attention, avoid getting up and interacting with your pet. This will just encourage him or her to continue with the behavior. A vet or a cat training specialist can provide additional guidance and tips for achieving more restful sleep as a cat owner.