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and I live in London, England, and we have adopted a cat with
CRF from a re-homing charity.
We knew about
his condition before taking him on, and your website was a great
help to us in deciding whether we could give him a home. But how
could we say no? He is a handsome 4 year old ginger tom, called
Sponge. He has had CRF for nearly 2 years, but it is currently
a few things which we have been prescribed by our Vet which don't
appear on your website. This may be becuase of different brands
or names in the UK - but I thought I'd mention them in case any
other Brits want to know.
1/2 a pill of Fortekor 5 each day to help with blood pressure.
This medication has only recently been licensed in the UK for
use in cats with CRF. It was previously used for Heart Disease
in dogs. He is fed on dried Whiskas diet food, but at the recommendation
of the Vet we add a few drops of Evening Primrose Oil to each
meal. This helps in several ways - it is an essential fatty acid
which helps keep teeth, bones and coat healthy, and it has also
been suggested in some studies that additional complex fatty acids
can reduce the strain on the kidneys. He also seems to quite like
the taste of it!
You can buy
Evening Primrose from the Vets, but this is very expensive (about
£20), and it is also in capsule form so either the capsules have
to be cut open and mixed with food or he has to be forced to take
it. The human variety you can get from health food shops is a
lot cheaper, (about £4), comes in a bottle so you can just add
a few drops onto the food, and is also in a purer form. And since
we are trying to keep anything impure from Sponge's kidneys, this
only seems sensible to me! Our vet has said it is fine to use
human oil on him, as it's the same thing.
a healthy size and weight, has a glossy coat and a fantastic temperament.
He has his bloods monitored every 2 months for Urea and Cretanine,
and levels are steady. We love him to pieces and hope he will
be cuddling us for a good many years yet!
of information that I wanted to share is that it is possible
to have Periactin (cyproheptadine) compounded into a cream which
is rubbed into the ear daily. This really did stimulate my cat's
appetite and certainly was much easier than a pill. The trick
is to find a compounding pharmacist.
information helps some folks out there.
in my cat's case - a 16-year old with thyroid and renal problems,
I've found a so far effective way to get her to eat.
of mine, a builder with an incredible spatial sense, suggested
that my normal feeding process of a small bowl on the floor
(or a teaspoon if that doesn't work) may be putting her at an
uncomfortable angle for eating.
flat dish about 3 inches above the floor has worked beautifully
for the past few days. Raising the water dish also seems to
it just might help somebody.
the great work.
for the excellent site.
to the discontinuation of Amphogel tablets, after much searching,
I found Alu-Cap capsules (3M Pharmaceuticals, NDC 0089-0105-10).
These are gelatin capsules containing dried aluminum hydroxide
gel equivalent to 400mg of aluminum hydroxide. The capsule can
be opened and a suitable amount of the tasteless (to my inferior
human senses anyway) powder mixed with wet food or repackaged
into #4 capsules to be launched down kitty's throat.
proves useful to others.
Eagle, staff to Alex the cat
for so generously providing this wonderful resource. I felt
desperate for information when my cat, Charlie, was diagnosed
with CRF nearly one month ago. The diagnosis came as quite a
shock because my Charlie was only six years old. Although his
case was very advanced and complicated by heart disease and
hyperthyroidism, working closely with his veterinarian, I was
able to help him sustain a good quality of life for more than
his health was so poor that I had to have him put to sleep,
but those three weeks gave me the time to make that difficult
decision in a rational and well-informed manner. The information
Your Web site was extremely helpful to me, both as I struggled
to give my cat the best chance at life, and after I realized
that the best thing I could do for him would be to help make
the end as painless as possible. Thanks, again, for providing
such thorough information. And thanks, also, to the many people
who contributed their personal stories. You really helped me
through a difficult time.
recently told me that Easter Lillies -- indeed lillies of many
varieties -- are extremely poisonous to cats, causing acute
renal failure if ingested in any significant amount.. Although
the ingestion of lillies might seem to cause only a little vomiting
at first; later, the irreversable process of kidney failure
begins. For a cat whose renal function is already compromised
for any reason (congenital malformation, infection, early CRF),
a few bites of a lilly leaf or flower could prompt acute renal
failure. Perhaps you can add this information to your website.
again, for all that you've done to help others out there.
me tell you that your site is absolutely the best for infomation
on feline CRF. I found more information here than my vet gave
me when my cat was diagnosed.
Ringer's solution on a daily basis, I found a way that one person
can do it successfully and I wanted to share this tip....
I put my
cat (Harry) in a box, which is a little bigger than a shoe box.
Since he loves sitting in boxes, it makes him comfortable. It
also prevents him from moving around.
in the box, I use one hand to hold him down around his head
and neck, and with the other hand I can inject him with the
needle and start/stop the fluid. It has been very successful.
found your web site this morning. It is very well organized
and informative, and should be very helpful in the months and
years (I hope) to come. Yesterday, my cat Wayasni was diagnosed
with CRF. He's only 4 1/2 years old, and I've had him since
the day he was born. Rather than old age, the cause of his CRF
seems to stem from a birth defect; apparently his kidneys did
not develop completely before he was born. The way his symptoms
surfaced seems a bit different then those you and other caregivers
have described, and which led the vet to misdiagnose him until
I finally opted to have an ultrasound done. Perhaps my story
will help others with early detection. I'm not quite sure how
to shorten this up, though.
It was about
4 months ago that the first symptom showed up. He started leaving
his feces around the house when I wasn't home, which I'd have
to go around and pick up. At first I thought it was behavioral,
such as separation anxiety. Although he and his brother keep
each other company, he's always been very attached to me. But
I wasn't really spending any more time away from home than before,
so why the change in behavior? Then I thought maybe he didn't
like the new litter I had switched to, so I went back to the
old brand. Then I realized he was actually having problems with
constipation. I tried to get him to drink more water, and a
vet had suggested also using Laxatone, an over-the-counter laxative
for cats sold at stores like Petco. He'd have nothing to do
with the laxative, no matter how I tried administering it. He
has always been fed high-quality dry cat food (Iams mostly),
so I tried supplementing this with canned cat food for the water
content. Although he and his brother loved getting canned cat
food more often (I used to give it only as a treat), this did
not help him either. He was also now starting to behave in a
distressed manner when he had to go.
So I brought
him to the vet to have him checked. They gave him subcutaneous
fluids, did a fecal analysis, and prescribed an antibiotic for
bacteria found in his stools and a laxative, Laculose, which
I could give him via syringe. Giving him 1 cc twice a day did
help loosen him up, but he still wouldn't use the litter box
(much to my dismay).
within a week, he began peeing on my carpets, something he has
never done before. So I brought him in again for more tests.
They did a urine analysis and complete blood work. Things suggested
he had a urinary tract infection, even though there was no sign
of crystallization. He was concentrating his urine just fine,
but there was the presence of some blood in the urine and also
elevated levels showing signs that his kidneys were under some
stress. She prescribed an antibiotic for the infection, continued
use of Laculose, and also suggested I switch his dry food to
Science Diet Light because it has a higher level of fiber and
I misunderstood how long he needed to be on this antibiotic,
and so I only gave him the 1-week dose that I was given to me.
He seemed fine after that, but two weeks later he started peeing
on the carpets again. She prescribed the antibiotics again,
this time giving me enough for two weeks and to check-in by
phone with her every few days. The antibiotic this time was
a different one, because the first kind caused diarrhea on the
3rd day and I had to stop using the Laculose altogether. This
new type of antibiotic seemed to be causing more constipation,
but the vet said to just increase the Laculose until I found
a good balance.
past Monday, just a day before the two weeks of antibiotics
were up, he sat on the stairs and started making his usual distressed
meows indicating he had to go. This behavior is what I've come
to associate with his constipation. So I put him into the bathroom
and closed the door, hoping he might just use the litter box
in there. A few minutes later, I went in to check on him, and
he had peed & pooped all over the floor, only this time there
was quite obviously blood in his urine.
obviously freaked me out, so I rushed him to the vet again.
The doctor he had been to twice before was not in that day.
The new doctor thought the symptoms, especially the blood in
his urine, still seemed to suggest a urinary tract infection
or gallbladder stones, which are fairly common in cats, although
they are usually older than him. If it was a urinary tract infection,though,
then he should have responded to the antibiotics by now. He
is only 4 1/2, so she really thought he was much too young for
it to be cancer or kidney disease. Not only that but he has
always been an indoor cat, has been eating and drinking normally,
weighs exactly the same, energetic as usual, running up and
down the stairs, fascinated by the birds and chipmunks out the
window, playing with his brother regularly, and just as lovable
and talkative as I know him to be. He's perfectly fine -- except
when he has to go to the bathroom.
suggested an ultrasound, which had been suggested before, but
it was very expensive. I requested the urinalysis be done again,
because there was something obviously different than before
-- I could see now blood in his urine. I hoped that a new set
of eyes would help in the diagnosis, as well as in comparison
to the test done previously. Unfortunately, she saw nothing
different this time, and confirmed there were still no crystals
present. She felt this was probably a case of bladder stones.
that kept puzzling me was how the constipation, which started
all of this, could be related to a urinary tract infection or
even bladder stones. Was it just a coincidence? I finally consented
to the ultrasound, despite its cost, because I had to know if
anything could be done for him. It was the only thing left to
do. As soon as they did this, though, it was obvious that his
kidneys were deformed, most likely a birth defect, and it seemed
they had to be causing all of his problems. They had been working
fine up to this point, but probably under some stress. Now we
had the link between constipation and discomfort urinating.
Another blood test also showed that one of the indicators for
kidney disease had significantly increased since the one done
two months before. She said that this is a chronic issue for
him, thus these levels may go up and down, especially when he
is stressed, but probably have never been completely normal.
where we are right now. It took 4 months to diagnose, and about
$700+ dollars in total (ouch!), but now I know. He'll be on
a regimen of antibiotics (Amoxi-Clavamox) for 6 weeks, as well
as Laculose (unless the antibiotics loosen him up enough), and
IVD Modified Formula Cat Food. They are also going to teach
me how to give him subcutaneous fluids at home, but how frequently
I don't know yet. My roommate and I will also giving Reiki for
his kidneys, too (for those who don't know, Reiki is a oriental
healing art consisting of a "laying-on of hands" and sending
healing energy into the affected part). My source of hope is
that he is still young and just as full of energy as his brother.
If he has been living with this birth defect for 4 1/2 years
so far, then hopefully we can get him back on track and stabilized
with this treatment. I'm crossing all my fingers and toes.
else has gone through this with a young cat like mine, perhaps
with a similar birth defect, I would love to hear from them
like to add a few comments to your wonderful website please:
My cat Snowy
is mostly syringe fed a high cal cat food (works for him). If
you have to syringe feed, try mixing the canned food, canned
pumpkin, Lactulose and Tumil-K powder in a bowl, and pouring
it into a cake decorating pouch. Fill 20 ml syringes, leaving
a little space at the end. Dilute meds into individual mini
syringes. Add one diluted med into the end of one food syringe...and
I have found a great way to give fluids. I use two 60 ml syringes,
fill with LRS fluid using a human sized needle to draw in the
fluid from the pouch. I then change that needle for a Butterfly
needle. That is a fine needle that is attached to a long narrow
plastic tube that attaches to the syringe. If Snowy moves, or
gets up, no problem, there is no danger of his being jabbed.
I gently inject the fluid, changing the end over from the empty
to the full tube, and it is all done within about 2 minutes.
It creates a water pouch effect on Snowy, but he absorbs the
noticeable amount within a few hours.
a long time and patience to get the medication, fluids, laxitive
and food quantities right, now Snowy is putting on weight, and
there is no more stress and worry about constipation, throwing
up, and emergency vet visits. I have almost lost Snowy several
times since the CRF started...and have done everything I can
to get him healthy and to a happy state.
a check list for CRF cats, and my cat is on almost all of the
meds they talk about in the Avatar website. Your worst enemies
are dehydration (needs fluids sub-q), constipation (needs Lactulose,
pumkin and prepulsid to stim. bowels) and vomitting (needs Pepsid
AC and appetite stim. Periactin, Tumil-k for potassium). Beware
too that hyperthyroidism (needs Tapazole) can go hand in hand
with CRF, have your cat checked and discuss what is means to
your cat and his test results with your vet. Lastly, hypertension
also goes hand and hand (needs Fortekor).
to you with your beloved feline.
I was referred
to your site by a friend...I haven't really had a chance to
go all the way through it, but has anyone posted anything about
oral doses of Pedialyte to treat CRF? I won't hit you with all
the details right now (let me know if you'd like to know the
specifics), but my kitty Smithers has not only been surviving,
but THRIVING for the past three years on 35 cc of Pedialtye,
four times a day. His creatinine and BUN counts haven't stayed
the same...they've actually IMPROVED. He's gained his weight
back (and then some) :-) and is the picture of health. (He's
also on a strict KD diet.)
vet gave Smithers about a 40% chance of any kind of good quality
of life with sub-cu fluids, and in fact recommended euthanasia.
At my Mom's urging I took Smithers to her vet who put us on
the Pedialyte regime. Smithers has absolutely thrived on it.
Granted, it requires a cat with the kind of temperment that
will accept drinks four times a day, but I want SO BADLY to
spread the word about this. I'm convinced it's the one and only
reason Smithers is still with us. It also requires a person
(or people) who are willing to make sure the cat gets the four
daily doses at regular intervals, but it's a "burden" we've
been thrilled to take on. I only pray we have this "burden"
for years to come.
I know it's
unconventional (every other vet I've mentioned it to poo-poos
it) but it has worked for us. I want to let people know about
this!!!! My understanding is that if the cat's body doesn't
need the electrolytes in the Pedialyte, it doesn't put any extra
strain on the kidneys to simply excrete them. In other words,
it won't do any harm, and it may mean the difference between
life and death.
Let me know
if there's anything I can do to spread the word about this!!!!!
Hi, We have
a very old female cat that was diagnosed with kidney problems/failure.
The vet suggested that we may soon have to give fluids weekly.
giving her the homeopathic medicine called Traumed. We pulverize
one pill twice daily and mix with her canned food. She is doing
really well! After several weeks we ran out of the medicine
and it took several days before we could get more. She immediately
went downhill--her fur looked terrible, she hid in a dark area
of the house, and was in obvious pain. As soon as she was back
on Traumed she was fine again. She acts just like normal!
that the contents of this medicine works to detox her system
and helps her kidneys do their job.
to share this information so that others can try it and see
if it helps their cats. Although it is listed to be for sports
injuries, many people use it for all kinds of problems. You
can get it at health food stores or email me for info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
for your wonderful site. Your photos of Avatar resemble our
own lovable giant, 10 year old Maine Coon, "Bobo." Thankfully
he is fine. It is our nearly 18 year old Burmese, "Kubie" who
has had CRF for a couple of years. You know all the signs of
deterioration. He has managed only canned foods for years, no
dry food--I've tried all the premium health brands. I put out
both canned and dry. Recently I changed over to "Natural Balance"
and was thrilled to see Kubie eat the dry food with no problem.
He is gaining weight and muscle and hasn't vomitted in a week--this
is compared to 5 times a day. The food has been the only change.
I offer this in hopes that it might help someone.
again for the beautiful contribution you have made to all of
us very concerned and loving care-givers. Avatar would have
been proud to see how you memorialized him and helped others.
I just wanted
to take a minute to comment on the GIF tube as an alternative
to administering the Sub-Q fluids. When my cat was diagnosed
with CRF in January, we tried to inject the fluids at first.
This seemed to be pretty traumatic for both cat and caregiver.
My vet suggested we try the tube.
was a wonderful gift, in that she could receive her fluids in
a less invasive manner, less painfully, and quickly. This could
be done by one person, and in a relaxing manner. (We always
sat in the rocking chair, making it a pleasant experience for
both of us.) About six weeks after the tube was inserted, she
pulled it out. I think its presence irritated her, especially
since she had lost so much weight, and is pretty much nothing
but skin and bones. But, since the fluid therapy seemed to have
improved her standard of life, we opted to insert it again.
The second one stayed in about two months before she pulled
it out, and in the meantime, she began to pull her fur out along
the side of her body where the tube was.
point, we will be going back to injecting the fluids and hope
for the best, but if there were to be improvements in the tube,
I would be interested in hearing about it.
where to go to follow the progress of this invention?
for listening, and thanks for your time!