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9/21/11 5:52 P

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I have to give Jakey medication twice a day. I crush the pill and hide the granules in a little glob of cream cheese. It works really well because the cream cheese picks up all the crushed medication and Jakey loves the cream cheese. I give him very little but it does the trick. Maybe this can help?

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8/30/11 12:20 P

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I hope Pickles is feeling better by now.

Have you tried Pill Pockets to get her to take her medicine? They are great, if your cat will eat them!

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8/23/11 12:23 P

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I found a really low phosphorus grain free food - Grandma Lucy's Artisan. It's a freeze dried food that you add water to. Pickles isn't gobbling it up, so I add some wet food to it in order to try to entice her to eat it. Just wanted to put it out there for anyone who may have a cat with kidney disease.

Her BUN was only slightly elevated (it's 36, and 34 is the highest in the normal range), so we're going to retest in about a month to see how things are going. I just need her to start eating the new food regularly to keep her weight up. I know if she's losing weight the vet will want her on the prescription food. She also has a bladder infection, which may have raised the BUN, so she's on antibiotics for that. She fights tooth and nail to not take her medicine. Both the hubs and I have to work together to get it down her throat.

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8/15/11 4:10 P

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I'm really glad that her appetite is better!

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8/14/11 11:55 A

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Psalm: I have started her on wet food w/o grains. Evo and Wellness per the woman at the pet boutique. She had me add probiotics to the food, but I'll also pick up some of the phosphorus binder. She had mentioned some clay stuff but couldn't remember the name. Maybe what you add is it.

Nellie: I didn't know Mercy had this problem. So sorry to hear that.

Bittercat: I've been to the website, but it doesn't "spell it out" for me, which is what I was hoping. It has good info though. I'm going to be calling the vet this week and I need to have specifics to give her so we can get on the same page. She wants us to do the Science Diet prescription food, but I know it's not high quality and would prefer not to feed Pickles that food.

So far she's eating the wet food and tolerating it very well. Her only symptom before had been vomiting and she hasn't vomited once since being switched to the wet food. She is also enthusiastic about feeding time, which she hadn't been in quite a while.

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8/14/11 12:54 A

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Nellie, I'm sorry about your doggie.

Actually, the site I was thinking of is felinecrf.org. They may have a related Yahoo! group, but that's the website.

Good luck!
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8/14/11 12:29 A

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Sounds somewhat similar to what is recommended for dogs with kidney problems. (My little service dog is experiencing early kidney disease.)

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8/13/11 11:55 P

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I'm managing two almost 19 kitties with renal insufficiency. They are on a wet food, (quality, no grain, no soy, etc.) diet supplement with similar kibble (one likes to also eat kibble). I add Epakitin powder to the wet food (Epakitin is a phosphorus binder). The past couple of months I've also added the contents of one fish oil capsule. Both also received a capsule of Cosequin for arthritis. They have been stable for the past three years. I plan to add probiotics to help with digestion.

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8/11/11 12:19 P

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Thank you for the suggestions, and I'm sorry so many of us have dealt with this. My Missy died from it at 22 yrs. old. We had to administer subq fluids, so I do have experience with it when the time comes. I only learned after her death that the prescription diet (low protein, low phosphorus) may actually not be that great for them. It has grains and very low protein, which can lead to muscle loss.

I'll have to check out the yahoo group. Right now I'm feeding her Wellness grain-free chicken wet food, which she seems to love. I've read it's one of the lowest phosphorus grain-free wet foods you can find, and it has moisture. I also know to stay away from fish recipes. Nature's Variety Instict Raw (frozen) may actually be our best bet. I've contacted them and need to convert the phosphorus level to dry matter (yep, I've been doing my research).

I tried the water fountain years ago and Pickles wants nothing to do with it. So far, she's eating well and drinking water. I keep six water bowls throughout the house, so there's always fresh water.

And yes, if our vet won't hear me out and have an informed discussion with me about Pickles' nutrition going forward, I will find a vet who will. My goal isn't to bully her into saying I'm right, but if she can, tell me why I'm wrong. Or, as I'm hoping, tell me I'm doing the right thing for Pickles.

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8/11/11 9:48 A

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Had to put down my friend of 17 years, so hard, now I have a new little one, he looks like a great keeper;*)

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8/11/11 8:11 A

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I too lost my Cuddles 4 years ago to kidney disease. We tried the fluid flush the vet recommended........without success. He was 14. I still miss that little boy!!

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8/11/11 2:55 A

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I lost my Mufasa at age 5 to kidney failure- it was heartbreaking but came on so fast! Good luck with your little furb!

One bite, one day, one pound at a time. Remember you are worth the effort!


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8/10/11 10:31 P

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I had forgotten about the Yahoo group. They were helpful. That's where I got the idea to buy a water fountain to encourage him. Scruffy liked to bat at the ice cubes I would put in the fountain.

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8/10/11 9:47 P

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I recommend talking to your vet about supplements that will support the kidneys. Renal failure is really common in cats, but it's manageable. There may come a time when she needs subcutaneous fluids (under the skin) administered. Some people do this at home. If it comes to that, your vet can teach you how to do it.

If your vet won't cooperate with you, then I recommend trying to find another vet.

Also, see what you can dig up on the internet about renal failure and grain free diets. There's GOT to be a way. Just be sure you're careful to back up the info you find--there's a lot of bad info out there.

I believe there's a feline renal failure Yahoo! group, too. They are apparently really helpful.

Last but not least, make sure she can stay well hydrated. Always make sure there's plenty of water around for her.

I have two elderly kitties--1 16 and 1 19 or 20--and both of them have kidney issues, but they are doing OK.

Good luck. I'm sorry you're dealing with this.

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8/10/11 3:24 P

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I lost Scruffy (my profile picture) to Renal failure several years ago. I wish you and Pickles much success in finding a food that works for him/her!

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Yesterday we received the news that our 12 year old kitty, Pickles, has elevated kidney levels, which leads to renal failure. This is what my cat Missy died from. I've been feeding my pets grain free food, and now the vet wants me to put Pickles on a prescription diet, probably Science Diet, and I don't want her eating that crap.

So, I'm doing some research and found that what she really needs is low phosphorus, wet food. I went out and bought Wellness Chicken wet food (it's grain free). Of course, the protein is high because of the grain free aspect, but it's one of the lowest phosphorus contents.

Please, does anyone have any experience with this? I want to do what's best for her, and I can't believe we're going to go through this again. I want to make sure her diet is the best I can give her so she stays as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

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