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Old June 26th, 2010, 05:52 PM
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How to help my kidney cat gain weight

Hello everyone!

I found this forum through a Google search. I have read several of the
threads regarding kidney issues. I'm still trying to learn what I need to.

Sampson was diagnosed with kidney disease 10 days ago. He has problems with his thyroid and takes 2.5 mg of Methimazole twice daily.

His blood work in April was fine, no significant elevation. The vet noted he had
lost 4 ounces from his previous visit 3 months before. I was feeding him, as well as my other 2 cats the Wellness Core dry food.

I changed the food to the Wellness canned. They didn't always eat that so
I occasionally gave Science Diet which they seemed to prefer more. No more
dry at all.

His next visit showed a loss of 7 ounces. The blood work shows a BUN number of 47 and a Creatinine level of 2.6. No crystals in the urine, his other blood work is normal.

He is not drinking or urinating excessively. He started the sub Q fluids, 150ml twice weekly.

I weighed him last night and he seems to have lost a few ounces from when he was in to get his first fluids a few days ago. I'm hoping my scale is wrong.

He does eat. I'm very concerned about the weight loss. My vet recommended the low protein food, but after doing research, I see that is not a good option. He will eat the Wellness, I will continue to give him that unless someone can suggest something better.

Also, is giving Renafood helpful? I want to stabilize his weight and keep him healthy for as long as I can.

I appreciate any advice.
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Old June 26th, 2010, 06:06 PM
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So sorry to hear about your kitty .

Hopefully, sugarcatmom or growler will be along soon to offer you some advice. I would trust these two before my vet when it comes to cat nutrition. The one thing I do know that cats need protein.
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Old June 26th, 2010, 06:13 PM
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You should get a second opinion from a animal nurtrientist. Internet sites can offer alot of false information, and some people only listen to what they believe, but it might be wrong. Good luck.

Maybe it is better to have our vet observe your kitty for a few days.
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Old June 26th, 2010, 07:23 PM
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Chico2 also has a kitty with thyroid issues. Maybe between the three of them your kitty will benefit. I don't believe you can get any better info than from SCM or growler. They have a wealth of knowledge and personal experience. Sometimes it's better to do your own research and become knowledgeable too. That way you are not getting stuff shoved down kittie's throat that may do more harm than good. Just my
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Old June 26th, 2010, 08:24 PM
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Thank you all for your support.

I have looked at several websites, read tons of threads. I agree that
there is misinformation out there.

It's so much to take in. I just want him to be happy.

I await the others to check in. I also wanted to add that he seems to
go to the little box right after he eats. Not sure if the food is just going
right through him or not. It's normally to urinate, he tends to poop maybe
once a day.
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Old June 26th, 2010, 08:27 PM
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The health gurus are normally on later at night. I'm sure they will pop by.
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