in cats is the number-one killer among our aging felines. Also known as kidney
failure or chronic renal failure, it involves the slow deterioration of the
kidneys, usually accompanied by hyperthyroidism.
Development of Chronic Renal Failure in Cats
composed of thousands of units called nephrons. Nephrons are tube-like elements
that filter the blood, reabsorb what is needed, and pass on what is left as
When cats are
young and healthy, they have an abundance of nephrons. As they get older,
nephrons stop working as those that have been held in reserve begin to take
over. Eventually, all of the cat's nephrons perform the necessary duties.
Kidney damage begins when there are no nephrons left over for backup.
At this point
there are no signs of damage. When two-thirds of the nephrons become damaged,
the kidneys can no longer hold water and begin to pass increasing amounts of
diluted urine. Lab results show elevated creatine levels as most of the
kidney's nephrons are destroyed.
Causes and Signs of Feline Chronic Renal Failure
A host of
factors exist as possible causes of kidney disease in cats, from feline leukemia
and immune system disorders to urinary tract obstruction and exposure to
Signs of kidney disease vary from case to case. Sometimes they are slow and subtle and other times abrupt and acute. Some of the common symptoms that accompany renal failure are
veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker, regular blood work helps to pinpoint chronic
renal failure before it becomes severe. Cats seven years of age and older
should be tested at least once a year, or every six months if possible.
Any cat that
might have renal failure should also be checked for hyperthyroid as well. These
conditions often go together. High blood pressure is another disorder that
often accompanies kidney disease.
Treatment of Chronic Renal Failure in Cats
the accumulation of nitrogenous waste in the blood, known as uremia, is vital
for the treatment of renal disease in cats. Slowing the disease's progression
and trying to keep the cat as comfortable and happy as possible is also
is often recommended in order to help alleviate common symptoms while flushing
waste products out of the cat's system. Fluids injected under the skin are
administered by the veterinarian, then by the owner once the cat's condition
Food, Supplements, and Stress Reduction
chronic renal failure need high-quality proteins. Diets that are high in
protein and low in sodium and phosphorus are ideal.
cat's diet can be difficult since, like people, they can become addicted to
certain foods that contain processed ingredients. These foods are hard to
digest and tax the cat's system.
prescription dry kibble isn't optimal for the treatment of kidney
disease in cats. Making the transition to a high-quality, human grade
canned or fresh
food diet supports kidney function. Whole foods are not only more
but also provide much-needed moisture to help replenish the kidneys. An
abundant supply of fresh water is also crucial for cats with kidney
nutritional supplements, including B complex and probiotics, are also
beneficial. Ask your veterinarian for help in deciding which supplements would
be best for your cat's situation.
Try to ease
your cat's stress as much as possible. Provide a variety of environments that
go from dim to well-lit. Boredom causes stress, so allow access to a window
where she can watch people and birds. Classical music, clean scents, and
massage are also excellent stress-busters.
Helpful Herbs for Better Quality of Life and
is the pet herbalist’s Number 1 weapon against infection anywhere along your cat's
urinary tract (kidneys, bladder and urethra). This immune system booster is also a pain-reliever, anti-bacterial agent and
(Arctostaphylos uva ursi) contains arbutin which converts to hydroquinone in
the urinary tract. Hydroquinone is an antiseptic believed by veterinary
scientists to give Uva ursi its powerful ability to fight cat and dog urinary
tract infection. It also has the diuretic properties needed to clean and flush harmful bacteria
from the kidneys.
(Solidaginis virguarea) is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, analgesic and
diuretic. This multiple action is extremely effective in combating infection. Goldenrod also prevents the formation of kidney or bladder stones by helping to
remove urinary sediment.
root (Althea Officinalis) soothes irritation of mucous membranes in the urinary
tract and reduces inflammation. Marshmallow also encourages phagocytosis, a
process in which certain cells absorb and destroy unwanted micro-organisms in
Vinegar is a natural detoxicant and contains over 40 vitamins and minerals. An
abundance of anecdotal evidence attests to Apple Cider Vinegar’s success in
treating kidney disease in cats.
plant nutrients – all USDA Certified Organic – are skillfully formulated in a blend
of purified water and organic vegetable glycerin: our own Primalix® Number 1,
Herbal Extract, Functional Food Drops.
Chronic Renal Failure is a Modern Disorder
in cats may be the primary cause of death among domestic felines, but this is
not true of those living in the wild. Like hunter-gatherers who live off the
land, wild animals don't eat processed foods that rob the body of nutrients and
cause disease. Dry kibble, environmental toxins, inbreeding, and over-vaccination
destroy a cat's health and ability to fight off disease.
failure is the number-one killer among modern house cats. Regular testing helps
catch the disorder before it gets out of hand. An early diagnosis can mean a
long, fulfilling life. Treatment with a high-quality, nutrient-dense diet,
stress-management techniques, and dietary and herbal supplements can have a
meaningful impact on the well-being of cats with chronic renal failure aka kidney disease in cats.
Becker, Karen, DVM. "Why Do So Many Domestic Cats Have Chronic Kidney Failure?" Healthy Pets with Dr. Karen Becker. Dr. Joseph Mercola, 6 Aug. 2012. Web. 12 Aug. 2012.Articles About Dogs and Cats