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I would like
to share some experiences I had with Méia, my 13 years old siamese
cat: about 3 years ago she had to have teeth tartar removed, own
to an infection in on tooth ( that has to be removed) and shortly
after she began to present bladder problems - difficulties to
urinate and mucus and blood in urine. The vet put her on a kidney
protective diet and for about one and a half year there weren't
further problems - then we noted that her appetite was progressively
decreasing. Thinking it was caused by the monotonous diet we lifted
it 2 or 3 times a week but only with poor results and she was
going to be thiner and thiner, urinating and drinking more and
more water. The vet ( a good professional), called again, took
blood and urine samples and diagnosed "Chronic Renal Failure"
the crisis with the usual medication in these cases - a medicine
against nausea and stomach problems, force feeding and a preventive
antibiotic due to her weakness, but all the same the prognosis
wasn't good. Meanwhile I turned the web upside down after something
that eventually could offer an alternative solution. I'm a biologist
and worked several years researching plants containing bioactive
substances in Brazil and with a hint and another I came to Phyllantus
niruri, also known as "stone breaker tea" ( = chá de quebra pedra,
here). It is a common plant here and I already knew about it benefical
and proved effects agains kidney and gallblader stones as well
as against hepatitis virus B. With the vet's agreement (there
isn't any long term work proving that P. niruri is effective against
CRF) we began giving Meia 10 ml of its tea (oraly) every day and
are amazed on its good effects. She began to eat normally, put
on weight, started to play again and presently nobody would say
that there is something wrong with her.
There is a
site that presents a good summary of the plant properties at http://www.rain-tree.com/chanca.htm
I don't know or recommend their products and can assure you that
this plant isn't an "herbal secret from the rainforest", as its
grows anywhere here in Brazil and most people have at least heard
about it. In case you are interested in more about it enter Phyllantus
niruri at Google or other search engine. If you wish to, contact
me and I'll try to be as useful as I can.
I have been
treating my 14 year old orange tiger cat for almost 4 years now.
He was diagnosed with a very severe case of CRF a week before
my wedding, and was to be euthanized 2 days before the ceremony.
My vet recognized my agony and suggested the sub Q treatments
to get him through the "honeymoon" period so that I could make
the "final" decision after the wedding when I was in a much better
frame of mind. Well, that was 4 years ago, and to this day, (knock
on wood) T.K. is still receiving subQ's only once a week, along
with a diet of Hill k/d. I do not administer the subQ's to him
at home. I do make the visit weekly to the vets, that way I feel
that he knows that when he is home, he is "safe". Lucky for me,
the vets office loves the little guy and charges me minimally.
Just a suggestion,
I have found on those days when T.K. doesn't have interest in
his food, I give him the water from canned green beans, lima beans
and chick peas. He absolutely loves it. It is gone within seconds
and somehow it seems to stimulate his appetite within moments
to take to his k/d. I also will sometimes mix the water from tuna
cans in with his food, which also works.
bean water is only something T.K. likes, but I just thought I
would throw it out there as an idea. As we all know, when treating
and loving a cat that has no interest in food, we will do whatever
it takes to get them to eat. If by chance you know of any other
homemade "treats", I would love to find out about them.
Also, I would
like to say that I refer to your website often for tips, and also
to know that I am not alone in my "ups and downs" with my guy.
Parts of it bring tears to me every time, but only because I myself
have felt each one of the emotions that you speak of. I appreciate
all of the information that your site contains and will suggest
it to my vets office for pet owners in the future.
Hi, I've had
some luck with using Reiki, Bach Flower Remedies, and Science
Diet KD formula (the dry stuff). I also give my kitty pure filtered
drinking water. She really likes the Natural Choice wet cat food
that comes in the bags.
almost a complete loss of kidney function, she's the worst my
vet has seen with the urine tests. She's been that way for 1.5
years. You never know how they will do. She recently has been
gaining weight and I attribute it to the pure water and the new
wet cat food. She likes the food so much, she asks for seconds.
Petting and massages help also to keep the blood going to the
body, muscles, and skin.
for the great information!! It is very helpful at a very difficult
time. Just wanted to share something that worked for my Lucky.
The only thing she would eat was very little of one kind of
baby food and very little water. When buying her baby food I
bought a bottle of Pedialyte for babies for restoring water
and minerals due to vomiting and for dehydration. We noticed
almost an immediate improvement in her appetite and now have
her back on her own food.(took 3 weeks) We asked the vet and
he said at this stage to try anything so I have no idea if it
is recommended or not but still have it along with her bottled
water and she seems to like both. Thank you again for the great
tip for those kitties who refuse to take anything by mouth
(like mine): My cat is only on reglan and sq fluids right
now, so this tip is for those cats that are only suffering
the side affect of vomiting. I put injectable reglan into
her fluid bag and administer it to her when she gets her fluids.
She gets them once daily (150-200 mls) unless she vomits than
she gets fluids 2x daily to prevent dehydration. This seems
to be working. Where she was vomiting daily, she now has short
spells, about a day and a half where she vomits, then she's
good for at least 5 days! My vets had no idea if this would
work, we know that the reglan is stable during IV administration
for 3-4 days in a fluid bag, so the thought was to dose out
the amount she would get by mouth daily and give it to her
via sq fluids.
caregiver of two CRF cats, I have found CO-Q10 has given
my 19 and 17 year old CRF cats so much energy that the 19
year old leaps and catwalks high areas again and the 17
year old plays again, chases the younger cats and has a
terrific mental attitude. Both cats had been going down
hill when I decided to administer 30 mg a day to each of
them. Each of them have also received 100 ml of lactated
ringers daily over a prolonged period of time and this has
kept them alive for years.
cat is 17 y/o, was Dx CRF two years ago. Her holistic
vet team have supported Shoba beautifully with traditional
Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and Jaffe-Mellor therapy.
June 10 bloods revealed that our ability to support Shoba
so well with alternative meds had maxed out, her kidneys
were depleted. We were advised to pull her meds and allow
her to cascade in hospice, continuing SQ LRS and one homeopathic
kidney drain. At that time I decided to administer a product
that Dr. Khalsa had sold me earlier, something she was
looking into for its possible benefits to humans and animals
in various health/disease conditions. I had been using
the neutralizer routinely with my rabbits and began giving
Shoba 3 mL orally several times throughout the day. I
also used it to blend her favorite foods into the mousse-like
soft consistency that she prefers. During the first week,
when Shoba should have failed, her incidences of vomiting
(pink foam) decreased from several a day to a few a week;
today she no longer vomits. Her appetite picked up so
that she would eat small meals (1-2 T, 6-8 times a day)
and even ask us for (!) more offerings ... after two weeks
she regained three ounces of BW. Today she has regained
5 ounces. Her hind quarter weakness has vanished ... we
see only the familiar "hitch in her gittalong" that resulted
from ACL rerigging several years ago. We had carefully
mounted ramps to all of her favorite resting places; she
ignores them and blithely hops, skips, jumps, to wherever
she wants to go. The awful odor of waste that seemed to
pervade every pore of her body has reduced significantly,
can only be detected upon close snuggling with our faces
right in her fur.
Shoba's blood renal values on 061004 were BUN 151, creatinine
12.6, Phos 19.7, Hematocrit moderately low at 25.3. In
the face of those figures we are absolutely amazed at
lay sense of the effect this neutralizer has is that it
alkalizes her (relieving the uremic gastritis and esophageal/oral
lesions) and detoxifies her, handling some of the waste
removal that her depleted kidneys no longer can. I do
not know what else to think, except that Shoba shows us
daily that she intends to be here in comfort and ease
for quite a bit longer than her vets had predicted. We
have had CRF kitties over two decades, have never seen
any kind of rally or evidence of repair at the end stage
of the disease before. These links will provide additional
information to anyone who is interested -
I I Neutralizer
To order: (888) 422-5833, 8:00 AM - 6:00 Pm CST Monday
cat Simon was diagnosed with CRF last August. I started
her on a KD diet and started fluids. I also started
her on chiropractic treatments twice a month to rejuvenate
blood flow to the kidneys. After improvement, the chiropractic
treatments were reduced to once a month.
has improved and her blood work has been steady since
March. The BUN has been 40 and creatine has been between
2.9-3.2. Her ALT however has been fluctuating between
110 and 150(mostly 150).
started giving her wheatgrass. She would not eat the
wheatgrass from the pet store (I'm not sure if it's
grown with chemicals) so I bought her wheatgrass at
Wild Oats Supermarket. It's for human consumption and
is actually cheaper. A quarter of a tray (which lasts
about a week before turning yellow) costs under $4.
She had her blood work up on Monday and her BUN was
down to 35 and ALT to 77! I attribute this totally to
the addition of wheatgrass to her diet but I believe
that the chiropractic treatments also help. She nibbles
on wheatgrass throughout the day, like grass and loves
thought your readers may be interested to hear this
exciting news. Wheatgrass is a natural, inexpensive
supplement that could help other kitties.
site helped us immensely when our two cats hit second
stage CRF over two years ago. We were in total denial
before that time. We would like to share a few simple
accommodations that we have made over the last two
years that have made a huge difference.
beloved 16 year old Burmese brothers, Ananda and Zenrin,
have been in and out of 3rd stage renal failure for
almost a year. We've been hydrating Zenrin for more
than two years: Ananda will not tolerate the needle.
When our vet described the flu-like nausea that will
eventually accompany the disease, significant weight
loss became our line in the sand for saying good-bye
to these soulmates.
have made a few simple accommodations that have made
a huge difference in their comfort and longevity.
Though Ananda will eat NF dryfood, neither boy would
tolerate any CRF canned food; but low-protein and
low-phosphorus Petreet was a hit. This imported Italian
tuna risotto was a great find. Eventually, however,
Petreet fell out of favor and we were forced to return
to their old favorite Friskies just to keep them eating.
Since their taste for particular foods seems to change
from day to day, we have two canned foods available
at all times. One seems to be received as Poison of
the Day, while the alternative usually passes the
Taste Test: the choice is never predictable. We also
keep an alternative CRF dryfood out, so that Ananda
can dismiss it, always with disdain, and choose NF.
simple accommodation we have made was providing them
a heated bed. By adding the heated bed, their comfort
has been enhanced and their daily food requirements
have been reduced. A little food, though we offer
a lot of food, goes a long way. We built a slightly
elevated (3 inches) tray table to hold their food:
inverted tableware bowls make great food dish elevators,
too. The raised food dishes seems to reduce acid reflux
and vomiting. We have also placed their food very
close to their bed. Zenrin has moved from hand-feeding
to nibbling (and maintaining his weight) throughout
will sorely miss our boys when their day comes, but
we enjoy immensely each and every day we share with
them. Our vet is amazed at how well they continue
to do. We hope this simple advice may help others
in their search for answers in treating CRF.
Carol and Jim Bartley
a great site. Our Sydney died on Nov. 22nd after a 3.5 year
battle with CRF. Our first vet had a very hands off attitude
("it's terminal, why torture him") and so Sydney really didn't
receive any treatment for the first 1.5 years even though he
was diagnosed with CRF. Eventually, he started bleeding from
the retinas and we switched vets. (German vets, in general,
aren't as progressive as their U.S. counterparts I've found.)
Our new vet, though, was spectacular and took good care of Sydney.
vet diagnosed the problem as high blood pressure and treated
it accordingly but not in time to save his eyesight. We then
had an interesting experience in that his BUN and creatinine
numbers actually dropped by half about 2 years ago and remained
steady until his last blood test in early October. Officially
he was still CRF but it wasn't progressing. When Syd became
ill he was 12 pounds, at his death he was 4.3. Most of the time
he was around 5.5 pounds once he was stabilized 2 years ago.
vet and I had a real partnership in Sydney's treatment and I
mentioned the possibility that CRF can be triggered by high
blood pressure. She said, in his case, it was possible given
the drastic change in BUN and creatinine after he started blood
pressure meds. The final weight loss may have been due to a
tumor as his last blood test indicated high calcium content.
expect this to get so long but I thought that the blood pressure/CRF
connection might help someone else if caught early enough. Looking
back, had we found his final vet much sooner, at least his quality
of life these past 3.5 years would've been better. Not that
it was bad but...you always want to do better.
reading and kind regards,
you for your wonderful website. The information is of great
value to me and my beautiful Jane. I purchased a tube of Nutri-Cal,
a nutritional supplement for sick or anorexic pets. It is
available in most pet shops or from your Vet. The manufacturer's
phone number is 1-800-267-5707. I use a syringe to administer
this product acts as an appetite stimulant for cats plus it
adds important vitamins and other necessary ingredients that
may be lacking in your pets' diet if they are not eating.
take credit for this advice but found it on another website
to help cats with CRF. I also purchased cans of Hill's a/d
to syringe feed my cat. This food also gives nutritional support
to sick or anorexic pets. Your Vet should have it or you can
call Hill's at 1-800-445- 5777 to find where it is available
in your area.
that I have been able to give back some help to others as
you have given me so much guidance and support from your beautiful
website. All of you and your beautiful cats are in my thoughts
and prayers as I know my Janie will be in yours.
been treating my daughter's "baby", a big male Siamese named
Mufasa for 3 years now. He will have his 8th birthday on
Thursday. The vets believe he was born with defective kidneys.
with the exception of an occasional bad day, he is doing
quite well. Your website is thorough and is well done. I
wish I had known about it 3 years ago. There are some things
that we have found to make quite a difference that I did
not find on your site. I thought I would share them with
you rather than write them on the guest book.
powder is high in nutrients and the high chlorophyll levels
work as a natural detoxifyer. Three years ago Mufasa had
lost 1/2 of his body weight and could hardly stand up. He
was scheduled to be put down at the end of the week. After
getting the vet's approval, I gave him spirulina out of
desperation because of something I had read about a horse
several years before. That was the beginning of his turnaround.
We started with 1/2 tsp/day and now use 1/4 tsp since we
are more in maintenance. We have found that budget brands
do not work. We use only Earthrise brand. Its really not
too expensive in powder form. Initially we mixed it with
tuna juice and put it in a syringe. Now he eats it in his
different vets have said NEVER use tap water. Use either
distilled or filtered with reverse osmosis. We also use
a homeopathic form of phosphorous daily. This was prescribed
by our vet that is trained both traditionally and in alternative
vet med. If we are late in giving this, he begins to hurt.
It will stop shortly after giving it. If you understand
homeopathic medicine, giving phosphorous would counter high
vet has us put B12 in his fluid bag. It helps his energy
level. He usually wants to eat after fluids. When we do
his PlasmaLyte fluids, one person brushes his face, neck,
etc. with a soft boar bristle brush while the other man's
the needle. Its kind of the gate theory. It works well.
In the beginning when we tried treats like the vet said,
he looked at us as if to say "Do you think I'm just stupid
or something? I know what's going on." I guess the brushing
is worth the needle.
a chronic problem with constipation. He can not eat any
dry food. And still we struggle with it. Stool softeners
and laxative didn't help either. At my vet's advice we started
adding pumpkin and pure aloe Vera juice to his food. It
makes a huge difference. Another thing we have found to
help is Mufasa makes a trip to the chiropractor each week.
He loves his adjustments and purrs when he sees the Dr coming.
(It is necessary to find a chiropractor with a proficient
knowledge of working with cats.) We are sure this helps
because if the Dr goes on vacation or something else prevents
his weekly trip, the next week is not a good week. He hurts,
his bowels start to slow, and he generally feels progressively
worse with each day. After we return for his adjustment,
he begins to improve quickly. Mufasa is also on pepcid ac,
lotensin, procrit, and zenequin.
some of these ideas are controversial but they have made
a difference for us. I hope they help someone else. Oh,
and another thing that is helpful...when he hurts it seems
to help if we warm him. We put a flannel pillowcase in the
dryer and then lay it over him. Don't use the microwave
- we almost had a fire! Also, we bought a bed at Petsmart
that has reflective material inside. It was about $20. It
reflects his body heat and warms him. This is helpful because
we aren't always around to notice he needs his pillowcase