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TANYA'S

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO

FELINE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

 

 

 

 

SUPPLIES: WHAT TO BUY AND WHERE TO FIND IT

 

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What to Buy


Where to Buy


Emergency (Disaster) Supplies


 

 

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KEY ISSUES: PROLONGING LIFE


Phosphorus Control


Hypertension

(High Blood Pressure)


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Potassium Imbalances


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KEY ISSUES: HELPING YOUR CAT FEEL BETTER


Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid


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Waste Product Regulation Imbalances (Vomiting, Appetite Loss, Excess Stomach Acid, Gastro-intestinal Problems, Mouth Ulcers Etc.)


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TREATMENTS


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Fluid and Urinary Issues (Fluid Retention, Infections, Incontinence, Proteinuria)


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

 


Overview


  • 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.

 

USA


UK


Health Store


Online


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 Good rX 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


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


Chewy

 

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 an excellent reputation.

 

Chewy has a wide variety of goods at good prices, free shipping on orders over US$49 and an excellent returns policy.

 

Thriving Pets


Thriving Pets

 

An online animal-focused pharmacy that has been running for over ten years, which stocks many of the supplies you need to care for a CKD cat (the above link takes you to the dedicated CKD part of their website), 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$80 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 many 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 face when I realised I was expected to carry three cats alone 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: 08 May 2018

 

Links on this page last checked: 08 May 2018

 

 

 

   

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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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