Fortunately, she responded to the antibiotics within 12 hours and began acting normally. She hadn't stopped eating or drinking at that point, but doesn't like the kidney diet, and now has lost a pound. She's coming around, though, she has an appetite and this is the only game in town. We have been giving her sub cutaneous fluid injections as well. This week, her bloodwork looks better, but apparently she still shows signs of renal failure, the vet isn't sure how much her kidneys will recover.
My question is, for those of you who have lived through this, what can I expect? I know this is ultimately deadly, but how soon and do they suffer? She isn't one to do well with a vet stay, and i don't want her to suffer, she's tolerated our ministrations well, so far, but, well, let me just say that, I know we all have to let go some time...but what can I expect for the next few months?
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I did extensive research on my own and I will tell you what I have learned.
NO DRY FOOD. It is so bad for them . It causes stones, and dehydration and diabetes and urinary tract problems. They need need need more water and aren't natural water drinkers. I have one who will drink from the fountain but I never see the other one drink. So I switched to a grain free, low carb, high protein wet food. I even add water to it. And the problem is GONE. Now renal failure is a different set of circumstances and of course you should discuss anything of this nature with your vet but one thing I can recommend is to try to make sure she's getting as much water or moisture in her food as possible.
Cats can live a long time in renal failure from what I've read but obviously the best nutrition possible will help that.
Here is the resource that I came across. Hopefully it will be helpful to you and your kitty
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Up to now, the dry food (I buy the premium) has kept her teeth in good shape, so that is a point in their favor. She just isn't even liking the canned version of the kidney diet.
But we will persist. She is an amazing friend, very friendly affectionate and attentive. Despite being rather old and feeling sick, she's been playful and funny, and her old self, amazingly tolerant as we hold her down to give her these sub-Q shots.
Pets are such a joy. I can't imagine being without one again.
Thanks for your information. I'm hopeful we can keep her healthy for awhile.
Eventually, though, she was unable to control her urination, so she was smelly and I couldnt let her go freely around the house. She grew to resist the subq's, resisted the daily pill, and that's when I knew it was time. I didn't want to make the remaining days of her life a constant battle to medicate her.
Thank you for the information.
I hope your furbaby is doing better.
The other fear we had was risk of seizures or other event that we weren't prepared to handle. In the end, none of the things you might read online happened. It was just a really slow process ending with that tough last ride to the vet for euthanasia.
Love on your kitty while he feels good.
Dont retreat, reload.
"Pull that knife out of your back - and sever the fuel line to that bus you got thrown under" Bufffalo
One of my special friends who died last fall had feline AIDS and over the last few months struggled with appetite issues as his body slowly started to stop producing white blood cells. The vet suggested a product by Purina called FortiFlora that worked like a charm for a number of months. It is a powder that you sprinkle on their food once a day and can be purchased from your vet, but Amazon sells it at a reduced cost through various vendors. My guy loved it and reacted almost like some cats do with cat nip when I would open the packet. Good luck and hope your girl is able to maintain good health for some time yet. I am sure she will let you know when she does not want to go on enabling you to do the right thing by her when the time comes.
Hopefully, she'll stay well for a long time. And if not, I'll have the wisdom to realize when it's time to peacefully let her go.
Then, I'll find another stray who needs a loving home. Best friends I have ever had...
I went through it with 1 cat and 1 dog and I was a vet tech way back when so I know exactly what you are going through.
Lots of times pets won't show signs of an illness until it has progressed to the point that of permanent damage to organs etc. It's a survival instinct; in the wild, if you show signs of weakness then you're going to get eaten. With kidney failure you can sometimes manage it for years with diet depending on the stage of kidney failure but more typical of dogs (they're easier to read than cats : )
I suspect your cats appetite is affected by dehydration. When they're dehydrated they don't want to eat, drink or even move. After sub-q fluids they feel great again. And so on... Eventually you get to a point of quality vs. quantity of life. For a 15 year old kitty, at this point, I think sub-q fluids are beneficial but would probably feed her anything she wanted. Of course, do whatever your Vet suggest but diet isn't likely going to have an impact on longevity. She's 15!!! That's awesome!!!
You'll go through some rough spots and think it's "time" and then she'll have a good day and you'll think "sh*t she's back to normal!" Then she'll have a bad day....my advise would be (and a lot of people won't agree with me) that it is only a matter of time before she is only having bad days and to let her go when she's having a good moment. This also ensures that she doesn't suffer a seizure or some other physical injury while you aren't at home. For me, I just don't want them to be suffering for too long before I make that decision. It's tough. It sucks. My thoughts are with you.
And she continues to do well. She HAS just been diagnosed so there isn't any need to rush to make any decisions. She continues antibiotics for 5 more days and then we'll wait a week and do blood and urine tests. That will give us an idea of her kidney function.
She's eating better, the canned food is gradually becoming her favorite and hasn't lost any weight, still drinking the same amount of water (lots) Last night she did her usual hunting, dashing all over the house, window to window, probably spying a feral cat, then she gets her toys out of her basket and chases them all over, howling all the time. Fortunately, she does this around 11 and then comes up to bed.
She's a lot of fun, and I will be sad when she is too sick to go on, but eternally grateful for her presence in my life.