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Kidney Failure in young cat

December 12th, 2007, 11:45 PM
Our beautiful ex-feral kitty (about 4 years old) started acting weird about six weeks ago. It got worse so we took her in about 4 weeks ago. Her BUN levels were off the chart (>140). She stayed in the hospital (we visited twice a day) for a week. Her levels went down a bit (104) and stablized. She had lost at least two pounds. She wouldn't eat much or drink hardly at all. We continued fluids at home (150 cc) every night for three weeks. Her BUN didn't go below 100. She is continually loosing weight. She is still purring and loving but not very active. Some days she eats and drinks ok but most days she doesn't. She moves to different spots and sleeps. We are obbessively encouraging about her eating. She wouldn't touch the kidney food for the whole week she was the vet's and lost a lot of weight. We are feeding her normal food (all she would eat) and took her off fluids a week ago. We are taking it day by day right now. But we are really hoping for a Christmas miracle. We don't want her to be in pain but she is still stretching and purring. Any advice?????

December 12th, 2007, 11:57 PM
I have never had a cat with kidney disease but it seems to be happening quite often lately. Here are a couple of recent threads with lots of good advice:

December 13th, 2007, 06:21 AM
Feed her anything she will eat, force feed her watered down quality cat food with a plastic syringe if you have to. Watered down tuna is a favourite for cats (rinse out the tuna to get the sodium out of it though). Fancy Feast Salmon is another favourite for cats but is not the best quality canned, but if she will eat, that is what is important.

December 13th, 2007, 12:35 PM
Mix a bit of her normal food with her kidney food. Get liguids in her as much as possible. Pepper lived a long time with kidney failure but he was earing and drinking.

December 13th, 2007, 01:19 PM
I have never had a cat with kidney disease but it seems to be happening quite often lately.

Does seem to be happening quite a lot doesn't it. I hope it isn't another food issue.


December 14th, 2007, 01:19 AM
Start by raising the food/water dish up between 2-6 inches off the ground often the excess stomach acid is causing nausea - therefore they don't want to eat, when you raise the dish it keeps this acid where it should be - in the stomach not in the throat.

Have you thought about raw feeding? Is there a good local pet supply store that sells non-medicated, free range rawfood meals for cats in your area that you can ask questions? You can also check out the dog & cat food forum here, we have several members, myself included now, who are feeding raw. I have noticed Duffy just loves it, though some cats do not accept it as easily.

The bad presciption food, gross grocery store food, the great holistic healthy food or the natural raw diet - what ever it takes to get her to eat right now - the food will do her no good if she won't eat it. The kidney formulas from the vets are most often rejected by cats because it doesn't smell/taste good - find something she loves.

You took her off the fluids - does that mean her urine specific gravity has improved??

:goodvibes: for your girl ~ what's her name?~ keep us updated & feel free to ask questions :)

December 14th, 2007, 10:32 PM
There is an absolutely superb CRF info site with an accompaning online support group that I would urge you to check out. The site is an encyclopedia of CRF info...the support group is filled with people with loads of experience and advice, and with newbies facing the same fears, concerns and apprehensions as you are.

If you're unfamiliar with this site, I would strongly recommend it to you.

Start here:

The site is

Helen, the person who owns the site, also sponsors the online support group...the participants often know more than most Vets! I would also strongly recommend that you sign up and, if nothing else, just read the posts/'s an eye-opener and could help you go a long way in providing a great quality of life for your CRF kitty.

It's one thing to get generalized info from people in a general's life changing to get the real goods from people who are dealing with the same thing day-to-day.

I wish you the very best!