Renal Disease in Cats
|Miss Buster, in her younger days|
I thought I would jump on this blog hop today since it was about cats!
My senior cat, Miss Buster will be 18 years old in Oct. Monday she was diagnosed as Renal. (Kidney failure) I knew it was something - she's losing muscle, is lethargic and seems depressed. After a $400 blood work up, we have her on Royal Canin - a prescription renal cat food. We're on the second day and so far she is still eating it. There is no kidney dialysis for cats. Well only if you want to shell out $25,000 for 2-3 weeks - Totally beyond the reach of most people. Duh!
So, us simple people, we'll just have to pray and rely on the best renal diet that is out there. Royal Canin has several - wet food and dry. Hills Prescription Diet Feline K/D, and Eukanuba Cat Veterinary Diet Renal Formula.
Here are some good Renal websites you might want to bookmark, as not to be caught off-guard.
The Truth about Renal Diets for Cats
Tanya's Comprehensive Guide to feline Cronic Kidney Disease
If you notice any of these signs in your cat, contact your vet:
Frequent or no urination
Bloody or cloudy urine
Poor coat appearance
Lethargy and depression
Sore mouth or mouth ulcers
Diarrhea or constipation