TANYA'S

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO

FELINE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

 

   

SAYING GOODBYE SECTION

 

"Unable are the loved to die.

For love is immortality."

 Emily Dickinson

 

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WHAT IS CKD?


What Happens in CKD


Causes of CKD


How Bad is It?


Is There Any Hope?


Acute Kidney Injury


 

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.)


Calcium, Phosphorus, Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) and Secondary Hyperparathyroidism


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


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 Secondary Hyperparathyroidism (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 and Recordkeeping


 

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


 

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Heart Problems


Hyperthyroidism


Diabetes


Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)


Pancreatitis


Dental Problems


Anaesthesia


 

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SAYING GOODBYE


The Final Hours


Other People's Losses


Coping with Your Loss


 

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Overview


  • Although hopefully this site will be able to help you to buy a lot more quality time for your cat, eventually your precious cat is going to have to leave you.

  • This can be a very difficult thing with which to come to terms. Many people find the idea of losing their cat too distressing to even contemplate; I know when Tanya was ill, I would try to read books on this topic but I would end up in floods of tears, so I do sympathise.

  • But if at all possible, you must try to give some thought to these matters while your cat is still alive; because if you wait until the moment is upon you, you will probably not be able to think clearly and may make decisions which you later come to regret.

  • This section helps you consider some things in advance, when you are more emotionally capable of making the decision.

  • It also provides information on making the decision, what to expect at the end, and how to cope with your loss.


The Final Hours                                                                                                                        Go to Page


Because it can be so terribly hard to know when the time has come, particularly with a CKD cat who will probably be having good days and bad days, I have created this page. It  describes the symptoms which you may see in the final stages of CKD, and discusses whether to choose euthanasia. It also explains what happens during euthanasia, and has information about resting place options.

 


Other People's Losses                                                                                                                            Go to Page


Several members of Tanya's CKD Support Group have bravely described here what happened during their cats' final hours. These pages may help you decide what would be the criteria which matter to you. 

 


Coping With Your Loss                                                                                                    Go to Page


Grieving hurts. This page explains more about what to expect, and gives tips on how to cope and where to find support. It also discusses how to help other family members, including other cats, and whether to get another cat.

 

 

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"I have felt perpetual gratitude to heaven for having given me, in you, a source of so much pure and unmixed happiness."

Thomas Jefferson

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Links on this page last checked: 27 April 2012