General Feline Health and Behaviour, Including Lifestage Care Information

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

Liver Disease


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

Special Needs and Disabled Cats



Tanya's CKD Support Group Today



Site Overview

What You Need to Know First

Alphabetical Index


Research Participation Opportunities



What Happens in CKD?

Causes of CKD

Early Detection

How Bad is It?

Is There Any Hope?

Acute Renal Failure



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



Coping with CKD

Tanya's Support Group

Success Stories



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.)



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



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



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



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




Heart Problems



Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)


Dental Problems









Saying Goodbye

The Final Hours

Coping with Your Loss

Other People's Losses





Canine Renal Failure

Other Illnesses (Cancer, Liver) and Behavioural Problems

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  • 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



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