TANYA'S

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO

FELINE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

             

 
 

TANYA'S FELINE CKD SUPPORT GROUP

 

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How to Join the Group


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Site Overview


What You Need to Know First


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WHAT IS CKD?


What Happens in CKD?


Causes of CKD


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.)


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


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 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


 

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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Other People's Losses


 

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Canine Kidney Disease


Other Illnesses (Cancer, Liver) and Behavioural Problems


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Home > Support > Tanya's Support Group

 


Overview


 

Tanya's Feline CKD Support Group is a group I have set up for people with a CKD cat to offer support and hope to each other during the bad times and to celebrate the good times together. It's been going for over ten years now, and is a small, friendly supportive place. Membership is open to anyone who wants to help their CKD cat - we don't care about your race, religion, nationality or anything like that, all that matters is that you love your cat and are willing to be polite and kind to other members.

 

There are a lot of different types of groups available online, and if you are not used to how online groups work, you may find it a little confusing at first, so this page explains more about how the group works and how to join it. Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it might appear!

 


How Does the Group Work?                                                                          


 

It is an online group which is completely free to use. The group is hosted on groups.io, and has its own website separate from Tanya's website. You can either click here or copy and paste this link into your browser:

 

https://tanyackd.groups.io/g/support

 

I own and run the group, but I am ably assisted by two moderators, Anne V and Anne A. They help with membership queries, approve messages, and do lots of boring admin stuff behind the scenes to help the group run smoothly for the members.

 

For most people, the most important part of the group is its message section, or forum. The group has two forums:

  • CKD Support - the main and busiest group, for people trying to help their CKD cat;

  • CKD Loss - which, despite the name, is for those grieving the loss of any cat, not just a CKD cat.

On On the CKD Support forum you can ask for support, vet recommendations, or hear how others are coping with a particular problem. Other members then respond if they can. All messages sent to the group are stored in a message archive which members can search if they wish.

 

The group and forums are private, i.e. messages sent to them are only visible to members, so people are not posting to the internet at large.

 

You cannot obtain veterinary advice on the group. Although we do have a few veterinary members, nobody on the group can diagnose or treat your cat. What we can do is make suggestions for things to discuss with your vet, provide tips on how to pill your cat more easily, tell you which foods our cats seem to like etc.

 


Joining the Group                                                                                                                   


 

Please visit the group's homepage: https://tanyackd.groups.io/g/support

 

or enter your e-mail address in the box below and click on the Subscribe button.

 


 

  1. If you have visited the group homepage, click on the green Join This Group button. If you've applied via the Subscribe button above, you will be asked to confirm your e-mail address.

  1. In either case, you will be advised that your membership is pending but will be invited to visit a page where you can create your account and choose your message options (see below).

  1. You will be sent two e-mails and it is important that you respond to both to become a member of the group.

     

    • The first is from groups.io asking you to confirm that your e-mail address is correct and that you definitely want to join the group. Until you do this, you will not have full access to the group, even if we approve your application.

    • The second is from the group moderators (the two Annes and I) asking for some information about you and your cat. This is to weed out spammers and to help us to help you. We will not approve your membership application until you respond to this e-mail.

  1. You may have already filled out lots of information on the io page where you created your account, but we can't actually see that, so weI need you to respond to the e-mail from the moderators please. The questions in the e-mail are:

  • your first name - so we know what to call you

  • your country of residence - this helps us make suggestions for treatments we think you may be able to obtain

  • your CKD cat's name and age - this helps us consider possible causes of your cat's problems

  • why you would like to join the group - this gives us an idea of your main concerns.

  1. Once the account is successfully set up, you will be taken to the group homepage. Once you are on this page, you can join the Loss subgroup if you wish.

If you do not respond to the membership questionaire within around three days, we will reject your application. Please don't worry, this is nothing personal, and does not mean you cannot join the group! The rejection notice will tell you how to respond to us so we can get you into the group.

 


Message Delivery                                                                                         


 

This sets up how you will access messages that are sent to the group.

 

The main forum is extremely busy (up to 100 messages a day). If you're looking after your CKD cat, you want support but you probably don't want a full inbox all the time. To help you manage this issue, you have three options for messages, and you can switch between them all as you wish:

  1. Individual E-mails

  2. Daily Digest

  3. Web Only (No e-mail)

Individual E-mails


This setting means that as soon as somebody sends a message to the group, it is sent directly to your inbox. It's a good choice if you might want to know immediately if somebody has responded to you, or if you would like to store some of the group messages for your reference. It's also good for being able to quickly delete messages which don't interest you.

 

The downside is that this is a busy group, averaging 50-100 group messages each day, so your inbox can quickly get full. One solution is to create a folder to use for group messages. All messages sent to the group have a tag in the subject line [tanyackd] so you can filter all messages from the group to a new folder using this tag if you wish.

 

Message Digest


This means that you receive e-mails from the group, but io waits until there are about 25 messages available and sends them to you all in one go. With this option, you would therefore only receive 2-4 e-mails a day from the group, but it means you have to wait for responses (though you can still check on the group website for messages) and it can be more difficult to find what you are looking for within each digest.

 

With both individual e-mail and message digest options, you can also choose the format of messages sent to you, either Fully Featured (html, pretty colours etc.) or Traditional (plain text, my favourite).

 

Web Only (No Mail)


This means that you receive no messages at all from the group. This is a wise choice if you are using a work e-mail address, or if you cannot cope with the group's message volume. With this system you simply go to the group's website and read the messages that interest you there. Even if this is not your usual choice, it can be helpful to use this option if you are going on holiday.

 

You should have been given a choice of message delivery when you joined the group, but to make or change your choices, click on the Subscriptions link on the left of the group website.

 


Messages                                                                                                                                


 

Message Options: Sending Messages


You don't have to post, you can just lurk if you prefer. If you wish to send a post, these are your choices (you need to be a member of the group to use them):

 

Starting a Discussion (Thread)


  1. You can simply send an e-mail to ask your question by sending it to support@tanyackd.groups.io

  2. You can go to the group website and click on the Post link to the left.

  3. On the main group, you must use at least one hashtag, e.g. #anaemia. You can use more if you wish. This helps people see which posts they can help with, and helps people searching the archives for information on particular topics.

Replying to an Existing Message


Messages sent in response to another message on the group also go directly to the group, not to the individual to whom you are replying. Therefore if you wish to respond to a message somebody else has sent, you can simply click reply on your e-mail programme. If you reply via the group website, you can click on the message in the group archives, then click reply which is top left above the message.

 

If you're changing the subject, or replying to a Digest (which have the subject line of Digest No. xxx), please change the subject line appropriately to something more meaningful. And please remove everything except that to which you are replying.

 

If you wish to reply privately to somebody, you will need to press reply, then delete the group e-mail address and paste their personal e-mail address into the To: line if you are using e-mail. If you are replying via the group website, you will see a little envelope over on the right under the person's name. If you click on that, your message will go to that person.

 

Message Content


You are welcome to discuss anything relating to care of your CKD cat. We do have a few guidelines we ask people to follow though:

  1. Please do not refer to vets or vet clinics by name for legal reasons. Just say "my vet" or "Dr J".

  2. Please do not ask for money or other donations.

  3. Since this is a very busy group, we ask that condolences are sent privately to the bereaved group member. Certain other messages should also be sent privately e.g. birthday congratulations, short "me too" messages, off topic posts etc, basically anything likely to only be of benefit or interest to the person to whom you are responding.

  4. Please trim your posts, i.e. only include a short amount of the post to which you are responding. If you use gmail, it may hide the rest of a thread, so do please double check you have trimmed your post.

  5. We do not accept links that use dropbox (for some strange reason, we moderators cannot access such links).

Moderation of Messages


When you first join the group, your messages will be moderated for a short while. This means that they will not reach the group immediately, but will first be read and approved by one of the moderators. We do this to ensure that:

  1. you are not a spammer;

  2. you are keeping to other group guidelines (e.g. not naming your vet publicly);

  3. you are trimming your messages appropriately.

If you comply with the group guidelines sent to you when you join the group, you will be taken off moderation quickly. The main reason people stay on moderation is because they do not trim their posts. So please read up on this in the group guidelines. If you get stuck, just ask for help.

 


Leaving the Group                                                                                           


 

Some people decide to leave the group. Perhaps they simply decide it's not the place for them, but the most common reason for leaving is that people find the message volume is too much. If you're thinking of leaving simply because you cannot cope with message volume, please consider changing your message options first, such as by going no mail. This means your inbox will not be full, but you can still reach out for support quickly when you need it.

 

If your cat has died, you do not have to leave the group, and are welcome to join the CKD Loss forum (which welcomes anyone who has lost a cat, whether to CKD or for some other reason). Some kind members continue to post and help on the main support group even after they have lost their cat.

 


Conclusion                                                                                                      


I do hope you've decided to join Tanya's CKD Support Group! It can give you support, it can give you hope. It can make you smile too - where else would people share your thrill at hearing that your constipated cat has pooped? (Believe me, when you've been dealing with CKD for a while, things like this are real triumphs which can absolutely make your day).

 

I personally read every message sent to the group. I don't respond to every post (my priority is running this website) but I do keep an eye on things and post occasionally if I can add to what has already been said.

 


Group Quick Links                                                                                        


Some of these only work if you are already a member of the group.

 

Weblinks


Group homepage:                         https://tanyackd.groups.io/g/support

 

E-mail Addresses


Sending a message to the group via e-mail:

 

Support Group:                              support@tanyackd.groups.io

 

Group owner e-mail address:      tanyackd+owner@groups.io

 

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 This page last updated: 10 April 2016

   

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TREATING YOUR CAT WITHOUT VETERINARY ADVICE CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

 

I have tried very hard to ensure that the information provided in this website is accurate, but I am NOT a vet, just an ordinary person who has lived through CKD with three cats. This website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat any cat. Before trying any of the treatments described herein, you MUST consult a qualified veterinarian and obtain professional advice on the correct regimen for your cat and his or her particular requirements; and you should only use any treatments described here with the full knowledge and approval of your vet. No responsibility can be accepted.

 

If your cat appears to be in pain or distress, do not waste time on the internet, contact your vet immediately.

 

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