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TANYA'S

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO

FELINE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

 

 

 

DIET AND NUTRITION: SECTION OVERVIEW

 

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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: PROLONGING LIFE


Phosphorus Control


Hypertension

(High Blood Pressure)


Proteinuria


Anaemia


Potassium Imbalances


Pyelonephritis (Kidney Infections) and Urinary Tract Infections NEW


Metabolic Acidosis


Kidney Stones


 

KEY ISSUES: HELPING YOUR CAT FEEL BETTER


Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid


Maintaining Hydration


The B Vitamins (Including Methylcobalamin)


Constipation


 

CAT FOOD DATA


Ways of Assessing Food Content, Including What is Dry Matter Analysis


How to Use the Food Data Tables


USA Canned Food Data


USA Dry Food Data


USA Cat Food Brands: Helpfulness Ratings


USA Cat Food Brands: Contact Details


USA Food Data Book


UK Canned Food Data


UK Dry Food Data


UK Cat Food Brands: Helpfulness Ratings


UK Cat Food Brands:

Contact Details


 

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Coping with CKD


Tanya's Support Group


Success Stories


 

SYMPTOMS


Important: Crashing


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?


Early Detection


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)


Phosphorus Binders


Steroids, Stem Cell Transplants and 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


2007 Food Recall USA


 

FLUID THERAPY


Oral Fluids


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


 

RELATED DISEASES


Heart Problems


Hyperthyroidism


Diabetes


Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)


Pancreatitis


Dental Problems


Anaesthesia


 

OBTAINING SUPPLIES CHEAPLY


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USA Online


USA Local (Fluids)


Canada


 

SAYING GOODBYE


The Final Hours


Other People's Losses


Coping with Your Loss


 

MISCELLANEOUS


Prevention


Feline CKD Research, Including Participation Opportunities


CKD Research in Other Species


Share This Site: A Notice for Your Vet's Bulletin Board or Your Local Pet Shop


Canine Kidney Disease


Other Illnesses (Cancer, Liver) and Behavioural Problems


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My Multi Ailment Cat, Harpsie


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Home > Diet and Nutrition

 


What You Will Find in This Section


  • Diet can be a very useful way of controlling CKD and helping your cat to cope better with the disease.

  • Please ensure that your cat eats.  Cats who don't eat can develop a potentially lifethreatening condition called hepatic lipidosis. So eating is more important than what you feed.

This chapter contains information on the following:

 


Nutritional Requirements of CKD Cats


Cats have unique physiological needs. This page explains more about the nutritional requirements of CKD cats. It discusses the main components of food, such as protein, phosphorus, fibre, essential fatty acids, vitamins and water, and includes a discussion of when to feed reduced protein food. It also covers other nutritional issues, such as feeding frequency and dry food versus wet food. 

 

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The B Vitamins


B vitamins can help CKD cats with appetite and other issues. Since they are water soluble, supplements are usually safe. This page explains more about the B vitamins, especially Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin).

 

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What to Feed (and What to Avoid)


Choosing a food can be difficult and many people worry about which food to feed. This page explains the benefits of therapeutic kidney diets and what to do if your cat refuses to eat them. It also covers other nutritional issues, such as feeding frequency and dry food versus wet food, and discusses which foods to avoid, such as garlic.

 

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Persuading Your Cat to Eat


CKD cats often have a poor appetite, so I explain ways to encourage your CKD cat to eat. This page also has information on how to get additional nourishment into your cat.

 

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Food Data Tables


Since phosphorus control is an important part of managing CKD, I have created tables of many commercial cat foods available in the USA and UK in order of phosphorus content. Please read this page before using the tables, it explains why I have created them, how to use them, and why the data in my tables differ from that provided on the brands' websites or on the cans of food themselves.

 

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USA Canned Food Data


This page contains the data for many US commercial canned foods. It provides the data in Dry Matter Analysis (DMA) format for phosphorus, protein, sodium and fat.

 

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USA Dry Food Data


This page contains the data for many US commercial dry foods. It provides the data in Dry Matter Analysis (DMA) format for phosphorus, protein, sodium and fat.

 

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USA Cat Food Brands: Helpfulness Ratings


Some cat food brands are very helpful and responsive to enquiries, others less so. This page rates the various brands according to how helpful they have been to me regarding the food data tables.

 

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USA Cat Food Brands: Contact Details


Contact details for the various cat food brands in the USA, including website addresses and phone numbers. You can use the links to their websites to check the ingredients of the food you are thinking of feeding, and contact the brands in case you have any further details.

 

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UK Canned Food Data


This page contains the data for many UK commercial canned foods. It provides the data in Dry Matter Analysis (DMA) format for phosphorus, protein, sodium and fat.

 

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UK Dry Food Data


This page contains the data for many UK commercial dry foods. It provides the data in Dry Matter Analysis (DMA) format for phosphorus, protein, sodium and fat.

 

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UK Cat Food Brands: Helpfulness Ratings


Some cat food brands are very helpful and responsive to enquiries, others less so. This page rates the various UK brands according to how helpful they have been to me regarding the food data tables.

 

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UK Cat Food Brands: Contact Details


Contact details for the various cat food brands in the UK, including website addresses and phone numbers. You can use the links to their websites to check the ingredients of the food you are thinking of feeding, and contact the brands in case you have any further details.

 

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2007 Food Recall USA


Some cats in the USA developed CKD during the contaminated pet food scandal of 2007. I still hear from people ten years later whose cats were affected, and I'm pleased to say that some of them are still going strong. This section includes information about the court case and which foods were affected.

 

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This page last updated: 07 March 2017

 

Links on this page last checked: 07 March 2017