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Polycystic kidney disease - PKD

Cats, who are afflicted by polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, will in time get more and larger cysts in the kidneys. These will force away the normal kidney tissue, so that the function of the kidneys is growing more reduced. Little by little the cat will feel ill, it will loose weight, doesn't want to eat. It also drinks more than usual. One can make it easier on the cat's kidneys by giving it diet food for kidney problems, but there is no cure for the disease itself.

The disease is inherited by single dominance. Experienced veterinarians with good equipment find most cases, but not all, at the age of one year.