It is especially important that cats get proper hydration to help prevent kidney disease. You hear a lot of stories of older cats with kidney problems; kidney disease is the leading cause of death in domestic cats. You may have experienced this in your own life with your own pets. It’s a common problem for older cats, but it doesn’t have to be. Cats are thought to have been domesticated from species living in western Asia and northern Africa. Cats are, originally . . . . finish reading our care sheet Preventing Kidney Disease in Cats.