TANYA'S

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO

FELINE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

 

 

OTHER ILLNESSES

 

ON THIS PAGE:


General Feline Health and Behaviour, Including Lifestage Care Information


Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)


Liver Disease


Cancer


Behavioural Problems (New Cat Introductions, Aggression, Inappropriate Elimination, Alarm Clock Cats)


Special Needs and Disabled Cats


 

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Site Overview


What You Need to Know First


Alphabetical Index


Glossary


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WHAT IS CKD?


What Happens in CKD?


Causes of CKD


Early Detection


How Bad is It?


Is There Any Hope?


Acute Renal Failure


 

KEY ISSUES


Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid


Maintaining Hydration


The Importance of Phosphorus Control


All About Hypertension


All About Anaemia


All About Constipation


Potassium Imbalances


Metabolic Acidosis


Kidney Stones


 

SUPPORT


Coping with CKD


Tanya's Support Group


Success Stories


 

SYMPTOMS


Alphabetical List of Symptoms and Treatments


Fluid and Urinary  Imbalances (Dehydration, Overhydration and Urinary Issues)


Waste Product Regulation Imbalances (Vomiting, Appetite Loss, Excess Stomach Acid, Gastro-intestinal Problems, Mouth Ulcers Etc.)


Phosphorus and Calcium Imbalances


Miscellaneous Symptoms (Pain, Hiding Etc.)


 

DIAGNOSIS: WHAT DO ALL THE TEST RESULTS MEAN?


Blood Chemistry: Kidney Function, Potassium, Other Tests (ALT, Amylase, (Cholesterol, Etc.)


Complete Blood Count (CBC): Red and White Blood Cells: Anaemia and Infection


Urinalysis (Urine Tests)


Other Tests: Ultrasound, Biopsy, X-rays etc.


Renomegaly (Enlarged Kidneys)


Which Tests to Have and Frequency of Testing


Factors that Affect Test Results


Normal Ranges


International and US Measuring Systems


 

TREATMENTS


Which Treatments are Essential


Finding a Good Vet and Record Keeping


Fluid and Urinary Issues (Fluid Retention, Infections, Incontinence, Proteinuria)


Waste Product Regulation (Mouth Ulcers, GI Bleeding, Antioxidants, Adsorbents, Azodyl, Astro's CRF Oil)


Phosphorus, Calcium and PTH (Calcitriol)


Miscellaneous Treatments: Stem Cell Transplants, ACE Inhibitors - Fortekor, Steroids, Kidney Transplants)


Antibiotics and Painkillers


Holistic Treatments (Including Slippery Elm Bark)


ESAs (Aranesp, Epogen etc.) for Severe Anaemia


General Health Issues in a CKD Cat: Fleas, Arthritis, Dementia, Vaccinations


Tips on Medicating Your Cat


Obtaining Supplies Cheaply in the UK, USA and Canada


Working with Your Vet


 

DIET & NUTRITION


Nutritional Requirements of CKD Cats


The B Vitamins (Including Methylcobalamin)


What to Feed (and What to Avoid)


Persuading Your Cat to Eat


Food Data Tables


USA Canned Food Data


USA Dry Food Data


USA Cat Food Manufacturers


UK Canned Food Data


UK Dry Food Data


UK Cat Food Manufacturers


2007 Food Recall USA


 

FLUID THERAPY


Intravenous Fluids


Subcutaneous Fluids


Tips on Giving Subcutaneous Fluids


How to Give Subcutaneous Fluids with a Giving Set


How to Give Subcutaneous Fluids with a Syringe


Subcutaneous Fluids - Winning Your Vet's Support


Dialysis


 

RELATED DISEASES


Heart Problems


Hyperthyroidism


Diabetes


Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)


Pancreatitis


Dental Problems


Anaesthesia


 

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Other Illnesses (Cancer, Liver) and Behavioural Problems


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Overview


  • I sometimes am asked about other issues in CKD cats, so I'm covering them here.

  • Diseases related to the CKD, including dental problems, pancreatitis, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and Heart Problems are covered in the Related Diseases chapter.

  • This page covers Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), cancer, liver disease, behavioural problems in cats and handicapped cats.


General Feline Health and Behaviour Information                                     Back to Page Index


 

All Lifestages


  • AAFP/AAHA feline lifestage guidelines (2010) is a joint publication by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Animal Hospital Association which gives tips on which tests to run at which age, dental care, weight management and many other issues.

  • Well Cat is a International Cat Care publication on how to care for your cat through the various life stages.

Senior Cat Care


General Information


  • Harpsie's Website - this is a site about our cat, Harpsie, who had multiple health issues.


Major Feline Health Issues                                                                              Back to Page Index



Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)                                              Back to Page Index


 

This condition is very common in cats. It is usually linked to an imbalance in urine pH, and many of these cats develop struvite crystals. It is not the same thing as a urinary tract infection.

 

In the worst case, these cats can develop a life-threatening urinary tract blockage. If this happens, your cat needs a vet, NOW! Harpsie nearly died of this problem so it is a subject close to my heart.

 

International Cat Care - an overview by the UK feline charity.

 

Long Beach Animal Hospital - detailed and helpful information. 

 

Mar Vista Vet has information on FLUTD.

 

Mar Vista Vet discusses urinary tract blockages.

 

The Winn Feline Foundation has a good overview of FLUTD.

 

The Winn Feline Foundation also discusses bladder stones and urinary obstructions.

 

Feline lower urinary tract disease (2006) Sparkes AH Presentation to the 31st World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress has a brief overview of FLUTD.

 

Harpsie's Website has our experiences with FLUTD and Harpsie's lifethreatening urinary tract blockage.

 

FLUTD List is a support group for people whose cats have FLUTD.

 

Cats with FLUTD is also a support group for people whose cats have FLUTD.

 


Feline Cancer                                                                                                     Back to Page Index


American Veterinary Medical Association - ten possible cancer symptoms to watch out for (scroll down to near the bottom).

 

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists - information on what to do when you are told that your cat has or may have cancer.

 

Vetinfo - a site from an American vet.

 

Mar Vista Vet - information on symptoms and treatments for lymphoma.

 

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine has a clear overview of lymphoma in cats.

 

Woodstock's story - the story of one cat's battle against lymphosarcoma (kidney cancer).

 

Feline Lymphoma Caregivers aims to help people with a cat with lymphoma by offering support and information, particularly regarding treatment options.

 

Feline Cancer Support Group - for those with a cat with cancer offering advice and support.

 

Feline Lymphoma Support Group - for those with cats with lymphoma.

There are more links about feline cancer on the Causes of CKD page.

 


Liver Disease                                                                                                      Back to Page Index


 

General


International Cat Care - an overview of liver disease by the UK feline charity.

 

Liver disease: signs, symptoms and diagnosis  is a helpful paper by a Dr Fleming, which focuses more on dogs, but much of the information applies to cat too.

 

Long Beach Animal Hospital has a good overview of liver disease.

 

Feline Liver List - a group for those with a cat with liver problems, offering advice and support.

 

Hepatitis and Cholangiohepatitis


Update on the diagnosis and management of feline cholangiohepatitis (2003) is a presentation by Stanley Marks to the Waltham Feline Medicine Symposium 2003.

 

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists have information on cholangiohepatitis.

 

Mar Vista Vet is also informative on this topic.

 

Vetinfo - information from an American vet.


Behavioural Issues                                                                                           Back to Page Index


General Information


Cats International is a not-for-profit, educational organisation with the goal of helping people understand their cats better. It has many excellent articles.

 

The Behavior Clinic at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine offers a consultation service via your vet using fax. It costs approximately US$112 (the exact price depends upon the complexity of the problem) and will provide you and your vet with a detailed treatment programme. They also offer a service which doesn't involve your vet called Petfax, but this is more expensive at US$206.

 

Essential Cattitude is a International Cat Care publication containing information on feline behaviour and needs from some of the UK's leading behaviourists.

 

Cats Health and Behavior - this group is for discussion of general cat health and behaviour.  

Introducing a New Cat


Cats International has lots of good advice on how to do this.

 

Inappropriate Elimination


Hilltop Animal Hospital has excellent information from Dr Karen Overall, a famous US animal behaviourist. 

 

Hilltop Animal Hospital also has a series of four other articles with advice on dealing with such problems.

 

International Cat Care covers spraying and soiling indoors.

 

Feline Aggression


Feline aggression (2001) Horwitz DF Presentation to the Western Veterinary Conference has a helpful overview of the different types of aggression exhibited by cats

 

Cats International has a collection of helpful articles about aggression towards people.

 

Cats International also has a collection of helpful articles regarding aggression towards other cats.

 

"Alarm Clock" Cats - Cats Who Wake at Dawn


Cats International explains why cats often wake up early and how to deal with this issue.

 

Pet Place also has an article about this problem by Dr Nicholas Dodman.

 


Disabled Cats and Those with Special Needs                                                Back to Page Index


The Special Needs Pets Website has tips and information on helping your disabled cat.

 

Handicapped Pets has information and support for those caring for handicapped pets.

 

Mar Vista Vet has information on caring for disabled dogs, but much of the information is also applicable to disabled cats.

 

Messybeast discusses hind limb paralysis and double hind leg amputation.

 

The International Cat Care has information on adapting to life on three legs.

 

Feline Vaccine Associated Sarcoma Support Group has a guide to help people whose cats have lost or are about to lose a leg.

 

Cats with Paralysis is a support group for people with a paralysed cat.

         

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This page last updated: 25 August 2011

Links on this page last checked: 10 March 2011