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Home > Supplies: What To Buy And Where To Find It



  • When your cat is first diagnosed, you won't know what supplies you need. However, having certain items in stock can be very helpful, especially when your cat has a bad day.

  • This page gives recommendations on what to buy and keep in stock.

  • It also gives tips on where to buy your supplies.

What To Buy


I would recommend that everybody buys the following items. If funds are tight, which is often the case upon diagnosis because you've just been hit with (often unexpected) vet bills, then at least buy the baby food, vitamin B (especially methylcobalamin, vitamin B12), slippery elm bark, and Pill Pockets and gelatin capsules if your cat is hard to pill.


Supermarket: Food Items

Since most CKD cats have a poor appetite at initial diagnosis, I would aim to have items in stock to help encourage your cat to eat. If you are in the USA, pop out to your local supermarket and buy the following (which are all discussed in more detail on the Persuading Your Cat to Eat page):

  • Gerber's Stage 2 baby food

  • Fancy Feast (the Classic pate style foods are very high in phosphorus but appeal to most cats)

  • A variety of cat foods that your cat might eat

  • Tinned tuna (low sodium, no broth containing onions)

  • Pill Pockets (available in Whole Foods)

  • Egg whites

  • Anything else on the page that you think your cat might like

If you are in other countries, it may not be so easy to find suitable baby food, but check Persuading Your Cat to Eat for alternatives.


Pharmacy: Items to Help Your Cat Feel Better

You may not need all these items immediately, but it is worth having them in stock, though of course do not use them without your vet's  knowledge and approval.

Health Store


If you are not in a hurry, you can buy almost all you need online. This saves you time (which you can spend with your cat) and effort hunting down what you need, and it may also be cheaper. The following are usually easier to find online:

Where To Buy


Local Suppliers

You can use local pharmacies, pet shops, supermarkets and health food stores. I do like the concept of supporting local businesses wherever possible. In particular, it often makes sense to obtain subcutaneous fluids supplies locally in order to avoid the high shipping costs of these heavy items.


If you are in the USA, it is always worth going to GoodRx to check local prices of the items you are looking for. Also look into using discount cards in the USA, which can save you money.


Online Suppliers

Many people do find it easier to buy their supplies online, particularly if they can do one-stop shopping and then place repeat orders quickly.


Here are some suppliers which members of Tanya's CKD Support Group use. Please also see Obtaining Supplies Cheaply for other suppliers in the USA, UK and Canada..



Amazon is a treasure trove of supplies, and can be particularly useful if you have Prime, because you will get fast, free shipping on items sold by Amazon itself.


Amazon UK will often ship to other European countries.





Chewy in the USA has an amazing reputation for customer service. I have only ever heard good things about this company. Chewy was bought by PetSmart in 2017, so this may change, but at the moment Chewy continues to run independently and to have a good reputation, though do not trust any dry matter analysis data they give you, it is usually  wrong.


Chewy has a wide variety of goods at good prices, free shipping on orders over US$49 and an excellent returns policy. Since it is owned by PetSmart, branches of PetSmart will also match Chewy's prices.


Thriving Pets

Thriving Pets


An online animal-focused pharmacy that has been running for over ten years, Thriving Pets stocks many of the supplies you need to care for a CKD cat, so you can do one-stop shopping. They will ship to certain other countries, though you will have to pay a US$10 Customs Paperwork Fee plus shipping. Free ground shipping is available for orders over US$49 within the USA.


If you enter "tanya" (without the ") in the discount code box, you will receive a 10% discount on orders over US$100. Items that need to be shipped chilled do not count towards this promotion.


I get mixed reports about Thriving Pets. They do have some fans who have used them for years with no problems. However, some of their prices are not too good, they go through phases of being very slow to respond to enquiries, and they sometimes take a while to tell you a product is out of stock, which is not helpful if you need it urgently. I would recommend calling and checking availability before you order in such cases.


Emergency Supplies


Some people live in disaster-prone areas. Even if you don't, you never know what might happen. One Sunday afternoon, when I was alone in our apartment, a firefighter knocked on the door and told me to get ready to evacuate. You can imagine my reaction when I realised I was expected to single-handedly carry three cats down from the 42nd floor! Fortunately they were able to control the fire, but I gave serious thought to this matter after that.


If you are likely to have to get your cats out of your home in a hurry, have clean pillow cases to hand, one per cat. You put your cat inside one and knot the top. Not ideal, but this would have been the only way I could have carried three cats down 42 flights of narrow emergency steps by myself. Otherwise you need a soft-sided carrier per cat.


Will you be coming home to your dogs tonight? (2013) is a helpful article about dealing with unexpected absences from home.


Road iD sells various ID tags on which you can mention that you have cats at home. I have roadID myself and find it very reassuring.


Disaster Supplies

If you do live in a place where you might have to leave in a hurry, here are the items I would suggest you keep ready:

  • Supplies of your cat's medication in a waterproof container.

  • Lactated ringers, needles and lines, also in a waterproof container.

  • Canned cat food and a can opener. Pouches of food may be easier to carry, being lighter. Food for you is a good idea too.

  • Bottles of clean water.

  • Aluminium blankets for warmth.

  • Batteries and torches (flashlights), including a head worn model.

  • A small litterbox (e.g. aluminium turkey roasting trays), and spare litter.

  • Wet wipes, toilet paper and paper towels.

  • Your own and your cats' medical records.

  • Phone chargers, and ideally a spare PAYG phone.

Saving the whole family (2018) The American Veterinary Medical Association is a brochure about steps to take to protect your feline family.







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This page last updated: 02 September 2020


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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.


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