PawCheck Home Test Kits for Cats – Including Feline Testing for UTIs, Kidney Disease and Diabetes

| July 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

Pawcheck Home Test Kits for Cats Including UTI Tests for Cats Diabetes Tests for Cats Kidney Failure Test for CatsA few months ago, we were sent PawCheck Home Test Kits for Cats. I haven’t been able to complete our review (due to time constrictions), but have no doubts that I will like them, as I really like the idea of preventative health care for kitties. Especially because I had a kitty with kidney disease.  I wanted to feature these tests though because I am a big fan – so there might be a review yet in our future, just to feature them again.  These home tests help pet owners screen their kitties for urinary tract infections, diabetes and kidney failure.

Test Kits come in the following:

  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Test for Cats
  • Diabetes Test for Cats
  • Kidney Failure Test for Cats
  • General Wellness Test for Cats – has the main parameters of these diseases: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), or Diabetes or Kidney Failure

The tests cost anywhere from $14.95-$18.95 plus $3.95 for shipping.  You can buy PawCheck Home Test Kits for Cats here.

Here is a video we made that helps explain further how they work:

The tests remind me of testing chlorine levels in pools – in other words, you collect the specimen and then match the results to color on the test.  Each test is sent with non-absorbent litter for urine specimen collection.

PawCheck told me that they like for the urine to be tested within one hour of them peeing.

The litter box just needs to be clean, with soap ideally, it does not have to be disinfected or anything. With our test, the specimen does not need to be sterile either.

Here are some additional videos that PawCheck has made:

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Teresa says:

    Thanks for doing the review on these. These tests really worry me for many kitties out there because there is way more to consider than just reading a test strip that may or may not be correct.

    As responsible pet owners, we love our kitties like family members, but most of us are not trained health care professionals and don’t know how to interpret lab values or realize that these tests can give false positives/negatives, etc. for varying reasons, which are very common. False results can be obtained from test strips that aren’t stored at the right temp., get too hot, have passed their expiration date, aren’t used correctly, or are a faulty batch (yes, that does happen).

    So a negative strip could be misinterpreted to mean that the kitty is fine when in reality it might be seriously sick and becoming more ill every hour. Also, lay people don’t have a vet’s medical background of years of medical school and residency to understand the many signs and symptoms of serious illnesses and how they are intricately inter-related impacting the kitty’s outcome for better or worse. For example, if an owner used a urine strip that read in the normal range, but the kitty actually had a UTI, precious time could be wasted if that kitty didn’t get treated for another 24 hours. It could even become an extreme emergency or fatal. This is because cats are small and compact, much like human infants, that get seriously ill really fast. Shifts in hydration like becoming dehydrated for whatever reason, might not emergently effect a healthy adult human, but it certainly would be an imminent emergency with a cat because 1) on a whole, they don’t drink enough water unless it is specifically put in their food, and 2) their bodies are so small that any change in their normal fluid balance, is quite drastic for them. Spending time doing these strip tests and waiting another day to see if the kitty is peeing or that the strip has changed color could even be fatal because cats can become dehydrated extremely fast.

    There are many sneaky hidden, but serious disease processes that can give false positive readings on these strips such as diabetes or hypertension. They should be identified and then addressed by a trained vet. So, if you took your kitty in, they would immediately do lab work and then give you medicine to treat the problem all at the same time so you kitty would have the medication he/she needs going to work inside their body much faster than if you waited and did strips that even costs extra $$$, and then had to take them in anway. For some serious diseases like diabetes or hypertension, you would not know this unless you had a blood panel run because they don’t show up until it gets serious, but the damage that they have done to their vital organs like kidneys, heart and eyes is nonreversible if it is not treated early.

    I personally feel that these tests should only be used as a first indicator if that by someone who is going to follow up with a vet visit right away. AND stress they should closely monitor their cat for S&S of illness like listlessness, lethargy, not eating, problems peeing too much or not at all, and immediately take them to the emergency vet if it is during off hours, if they seem to be going downhill regardless of what the strip says or what time it is.

    The thing is, most people have to work and can’t stay home with their pet and do that. They might be working and need to leave their cat at home alone for 8+ hours (way too long for a sick kitty showing signs of illness regardless of what the strips say).

    Getting a false diagnosis could mean death to a small cat in hours if they are seriously ill. Dehydration is something that can make the strips be falsely elevated and while very serious, is reversible if the proper medical treatment with IVF’s is given soon.

    Lastly, I feel the money and time wasted on these, could be put to better use taking my kitty to the vet for timely intervention that might save their life to correct an acute metabolic process going on or beginning treatment in a timely manner for something more serious that could lead to organ damage if left untreated.

    With a background in being a health care professional, I have seen so many bad things happen that could be prevented if the patient was brought in sooner. It is my worry with these tests that they might mislead and misguide responsible and caring pet owners into doing something that if misinterpreted for whatever reason, could be seriously detrimental and even fatal to their beloved kitty, not to mention wasting precious time and money that could be better spent on more reliable blood lab values. To me that kinda negates the usefulness of these things at all.

    Know it is a personal decision but people really need to be informed about things that can and do happen as a result of relying on these tests. For me, I just don’t want to take any chances by saving a little time or money with my babies who are priceless and everything to me. Hope people will be informed regarding the limitations and risks of these tests having false positives and knowing what to look for and do if their kitty should become worse is critical information everyone should have when they make the decision to use these.

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