Loss of functional renal tissue (nephrons) due to a chronic (> 2 month) disease process
Genetic Implications. Medullary amyloidosis in Abyssinians and polycystic kidney disease in Persians are examples of heritable feline CKD.
Incidence/Prevalence. 1% to 3% of all cats; in geriatric populations at referral institutions, CKD may affect up to 35% of cats.
Geographic Distribution. Worldwide
Breed Predilection. See the heritable examples listed above.
Age and Range. All ages can be affected; however, most CKD is acquired and therefore more common in geriatric cats (> 8 years).
Gender. No difference has been reported.