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Comments On - Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) in Older Cats

Margie    collinsville, CT

3/9/2014 6:09:19 PM

My daughters tuxedo cat Sapphire, had this and we did not know it. On Friday, we had to have this beloved little girl put down, two weeks ago, she seemed fine, the last two weeks, she went downhill quickly losing weight rapidly and looked sick, we are heartbroken, but the vet said, she probably had it since she was a kitten, (she was a rescue) my daughter had her for 10 years, and now we are grieving over her, this disease can hit, and they can quickly be sick. We are heartbroken.

Dianne    Fairfax Station, VA

2/12/2012 9:53:49 AM

Our 19 year old cat was diagnosed with early kidney failure about 2 years ago. Our vet suggested we try giving him Azodyl twice a day. It does not require a prescription and can be purchased online. it is a large pill and we administer it orally using a baby syringe after mixing the contents of the pill with diluted Greek yogurt. He has stayed quite healthy and active. We consider it a miracle drug.

Kathy    neenah, WI

9/3/2011 8:41:33 PM

My 15 year old cat, Jackie Chan was diagnoised in March with early kidney failure. The first 3 months he accepted us doing sub q fluids at home. Now though, he fights it every time, hissing, and biting. How can I calm him down so we can give the fluids he needs?

patricia    florissant, MO

4/9/2011 10:48:29 AM

My cat Zima is 19 years old. She always drinks a lot and passes a large amount of urine but seems fine otherwise. She is very active, runs and plays and believe it or not, in those 19 years, she has only been to a vet once when she was small. She has great eyes and ears and has pretty much always lived on Fancy Feast

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

2/6/2010 1:58:53 PM

good article thank you

ML    Montoursville, PA

4/28/2009 12:57:08 PM

Get an organ function test early in life say a couple of years old. That way there is a baseline comparison for later when you can see what organs are failing

Susan    Norman, OK

3/10/2009 2:00:07 PM

My cat, Gidget, passed away last April. She was diagnosed with CRF about five years before then. The first thing I noticed was when I was cleaning out her liter box, the urine clumps were the size of my hand. So we took her to the vet and it was then that she was diagnosed. We put her on a special diet. She had one big setback and had to be given the SQ fluids. After that, she did fairly well, having maybe three minor setbacks that didn't require a trip to the vet. Within about 2 months she went from 20 pounds to 13 pounds. But she lived a happy life and is very much missed.

Ellen    Bridgeville, PA

2/20/2009 5:44:02 PM

My cat Girly just got diagnosed with CRF and is doing well with the at home treatments so far.

Donna    Austin, TX

2/10/2009 1:33:24 PM

My almost 14-year-old cat was just diagnosed with kidney failure. Hospitalization is out; she goes ballistic at the vet's. It's even difficult for me to get Revolution on her once a month, so fluids at home aren't really an option, either. I don't want the last of our time together to be a series of fights and struggles. That leaves a change in diet, but she hasn't been eating very well the last couple of weeks. I'm not ready for this!

Donna    Austin, TX

5/21/2008 5:44:32 PM

Thank you for the information. My cat wouldn't accept subq fluids, even with me giving them to her at home. She's also a very picky eater. I just hope our visit tomorrow with her vet doesn't turn up any renal (or other) problems for my 13-year-old girl.

Debbie    Pittsburgh, PA

9/10/2007 5:07:35 PM

I've lost two 17 year old cats to CRF and nothing is worse than seeing your pet suffer. I strongly recommend owners to take their pets to the vet's annually and watch if there are any changes in your pets behavior or habits.

Patricia    Vinton, OH

4/23/2007 11:28:30 PM

The article was informative because it gave a wide range of options for helping a cat with CRF. My 18 year old Tortie named Gabby will be grateful for the suggestions as well

Kathryn    Acampo, CA

2/8/2007 5:25:32 PM

I have a 16 1/2 yr old cat with CRF. I would suggest checking w/your vet before giving any herbals, as a CRF cat can't clear ANY chemicals through the kidneys as well as a normal cat. My vet recommended a Pepcid AC tablet twice a week to help keep the excess stomach acid (a by-product of the kidney failure) under control. It works well. Sub-Q fluids are not hard to give at home, and they do make a big difference. Any research you can do on what causes CRF in the first place (is it lifetime dry food???) would really help.

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