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I am sorry to hear about Chico.
My name is***** am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help.
Were any tests done?
Blood tests to check his kidney function, X-rays to see how enlarged the kidneys are and if other internal organs are also abnormal?
If this were my own cat, or my patient, I would take a chest Xray to see if there is fluid in his lungs causing the laboured breathing.
How old is Chico? It says 60 on my optional information page, so that can't be right!
Enlarged kidneys can be due to the kidneys having cysts on them (polycystic kidney disease, PKD), or to fluid backing up and causing them to swell (hydronephrosis), or to tumors in the kidneys (usually lymphoma).
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Oh, No! I am so sorry.
His disease must have been well advanced. That is one frustrating thing about cats; we often don't know they have serious illness until they are very far along because they tend to be secretive at not feeling well and are so good at hiding their illnesses. I am so sorry to hear what happened.
My sincere condolences.
I am sorry, you may get an automated question about how Chico is doing. I will try to stop it but if I can't, please don't think me insensitive.