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9 Things You Should Know About Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, cats )

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A diagnosis of kidney disease can be overwhelming. Here are basics about your cat's illness and treatment, and how to find support.

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Christeen A (370)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:26 am
One of my cats has had kidney problems since she was very young. She is on medication and eats special food. Thanks for this post.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 7:27 am

This article is going to a saved file. Cat people need to know about this and may be detect problems early.

. (0)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:48 am
Great information for people who are not aware.

Carol H (229)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 11:00 am
very good information, thank you Cher, noted

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 11:20 am
Excellent choice, Cher! Information is power. Fortunately, many cases of CRF can be managed successfully for years ~ with a little devotion and attention to detail.

Sharon W. (4)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 2:27 pm
Good to know, thank you!

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 4:12 pm
Very informative, thank you.

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DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 8:45 pm
Very essential knowledge to have when living with a feline friend and companion!

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 9:18 pm
Thank you for the article. I've been reading up on this subject a lot lately. My 16 1/2 year old cat has had hyperthyroidism for 2 1/2 years. She's done well on the medication, but we have been fighting regulating the medicine. As she's getting older, we have to increase it. A little over Two weeks ago, I opt'ed for the radio-active iodine injection. I'm seeing an improvement already. She's gaining a little weight, practically stopped pulling her hair out and isn't as irriable anymore. But we have to watch for kidney disease. I went with the iodine treatment as she had to have it twice a day and she was tired of having the cream rubbed on her ear. She would avoid me thinking she was going to get her medicine. Not much of a relationship with my cat when she'd run from you or cringe when you came near her. Her medication was costing me about $700 a year and all the exams and blood tests were another $700. When I went out of town, a cat sitter needed to come in twice a day to give her the medication. That cost me $50 a day at least. The iodine treatment cost me $1400. I figured if it worked - the cost was a wash the first year and to my advantage the following years, but most important of all, she's cuddly again and we are having a great relationship. I want her senior years to be as stress free as possible.

Lona Goudswaard (80)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 7:39 am
Noted. Good article, thanks.
People and cats are much alike in some of the diseases they get and how they respond. Most of my cats live to a good old age and most have developed FCK later in life. Some of them responded well to dietary food and/or medication, but it extended their lives for a longer period only if they'd shown signs early on. If they were too old or they showed signs when FCK was well-advanced, nothing much helped. I just spoiled them with extra love and food they were agreeable to. FCK is always fatal, so I took them to be euthanazed as soon as they showed signs of serious toxic build-up to spare them suffering.

A kidney transplant wouldn't be an option. Far too expensive and not suitable for the older cats who are already weakened by the disease.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 8:24 am
My friend's cat just lost her battle to kidney disease at fourteen years old. RIP Delilah.

Sandi C (99)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 9:40 am
great information here.

Ruth C (87)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 12:13 pm
Good info, thank you for posting.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 1:24 pm
Believe me I know all about Feline Kidney disease from my poor kit kit who passed away after getting some of the contaminated cat food. I guess it was over 5 years ago now. You can inject them with IV solution under the skin on the nape of their neck and prolong their life. You can do it yourself and save a ton of vet bills if you are not faint of heart. Its disheartening and frustrating and expensive to care for them, but you can add years to your fur babies life.

Sara P (57)
Monday July 22, 2013, 10:57 am
I lost my Miný for this...........happened in about one week, has been too fast, time for the diagnosis and tests and in couple of days she was completely lost. When I called my vet to put her to sleep, just the time for him to arrive and she was in coma, I was afraid to take her to the clinic because she had fear of the car and I wanted that she spend her last time at home with us......The only consolation for me is that she was a stray and I gave her 7 beautiful years. Now that I will stop to cry I will submit.......I miss her...
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