Advice for cats with renal failure
Someone using the name AnimalNetwork emailed me a lot of good advice to use for my cat Rosie and asked me to post it here, as he/she was having trouble doing so. I searched here and couldn't find that user name or a post from them, so here is the message: (I hope it is acceptable for me to do this. )
"I am new to the forum - and don't seem to be able to use it well. I'm hoping this gets to the forum - as others may find it useful too. If it doesn't - could YOU get it there?
Co-Q 10 does appear to help CRF cats. I give 15-30mg a day to my CRF cat - broken up into 2 meals. Be careful on the dosage. Very high doses can cause the leeching of Calcium from bones into the blood - and can cause the Parathyroid Glands to malfunction. Parathyroid Glands regulate the Calcium-Phosphorous balance in the blood. This can become a very serious problem.
If your CRF cat is not eating well, you should hand-feed him.
I have been doing this with my 21-yr-old CRF cat for years - and he has actually became a bit overweight! (He was diagnosed in 2004 with CRF)
You can use a LARGE Baby Medicine Dropper (5ml). Cut of the tip at an angle - and smooth rough, cut edges inside and out (cut an emery board to do this).
This will allow the dropper to pick up even chunky cat food.
And - the addition of Vitamin B12 will also instigate his appetite.
1) You should use the Methylcobalamin form of B12 - which is a MUCH better form to use - and - this will not be digested by stomach acids (as the "regular" Cyanocobalamin B12 will - which makes it useless).
2) You should add B-Complex along with the Meth B12 - as B12 needs to have Folic Acid (a B Vitamin) to work properly). If you are giving your cat sub-cutaneous fluids - he should be getting B-Complex every day anyway - as the fluids will wash out the B Vitamins in his body. Give him only one dose a day (10-25mg/dose) - not spread out.
3) What will help your cat to stop throwing up - and to feel better - is Pepcid AC. This is a very standard treatment. Use the Original Formula - and the REAL thing (NOT a generic - as the "Inert" ingredients in the name brand are better than in Generic brands). Give your cat 1/4 of a tablet once a day - NOT WITH FOOD. 20-30 minutes BEFORE feeding is OK. (You can give it twice a day - about 12 hours apart, if needed). The Vomiting is being caused by Overacidity of the Stomach and Blood because of Metabolic Acidosis - which is caused by the CRF). The Pepcid AC should relieve the Overacidity.
4)If your cat needs Sub-Cutaneous Fluids - He will always need them. Nothing will cause your cat to not need these extra fluids and electrolytes - unless you discover a total CURE for Kidney Failure.
If you need more help with CRF, let me know.
PS: Try Planetvet.com for the Azodyl"