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ALPHABETICAL INDEX OF SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENTS

 

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Index of Symptoms and Treatments


 

 

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WHAT IS CKD?


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How Bad is It?


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KEY ISSUES


Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid


Maintaining Hydration


The Importance of Phosphorus Control


All About Hypertension


All About Anaemia


All About Constipation


Potassium Imbalances


Metabolic Acidosis


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SYMPTOMS


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?


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)


Miscellaneous Treatments: Stem Cell Transplants, ACE Inhibitors - Fortekor, Steroids, 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


 

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Nutritional Requirements of CKD Cats


The B Vitamins (Including Methylcobalamin)


What to Feed (and What to Avoid)


Persuading Your Cat to Eat


Food Data Tables


USA Canned Food Data


USA Dry Food Data


USA Cat Food Manufacturers


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UK Cat Food Manufacturers


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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


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Home > Symptoms > Index of Symptoms and Treatments

 


Overview


  • There are many symptoms of CKD and it can be a bit bewildering at times.

  • You may panic if you see a particular symptom and worry about how serious it is.

  • This page has an alphabetical list of symptoms, together with links to the usual treatments for that problem. Some of the treatments may vary, depending upon the cause.


How to Find The Symptom You Need


 

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There are many symptoms of CKD, so it can be a bit bewildering at times. You may panic if you see a particular symptom and worry about how serious it is. This page therefore contains an alphabetical list of symptoms which can arise in CKD cats (lefthand column), together with links to more information for each problem (righthand column). As you can see, almost every symptom has a possible treatment.

 

Some of the problems may have more than one cause. If you do not know the cause in your catís case, look down the list to see if there are other symptoms that seem familiar. For example, your cat may have weak back legs but you do not know the cause. However, you also know that your cat is constipated and is having trouble holding his head up. Taken together, you would probably want to ask your vet to investigate the possibility of low potassium levels first.

 

If you are not sure, check out all possible causes of a particular symptom, and remember to see your vet for a proper diagnosis.

 


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Symptoms and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
 
"Absences"

High potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

Calcium imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

Uraemia (high toxin levels)

Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Side effect of metoclopramide - rare

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

 
Alopecia (Pulling Out Hair)
Hyperthyroidism Hyperthyroidism Treatments
 

Always Hungry

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

 

Anaemia

 
Lack of erythropoietin (hormone) Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents
Infections or inflammation

Antibiotics (if bacterial infection)

Side effect of methimazole for hyperthyroidism Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Vitamin B deficiency       

The Importance of B Vitamins
Gastrointestinal bleeding Waste Product Regulation Imbalances

Flea infestation

Flea treatments

   
Appetite Increase

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

 

Appetite Loss

Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances
Uraemia (high toxin levels) Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances
High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Anaemia All About Anaemia
Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Mouth ulcers Mouth Ulcers Treatments
Excess stomach acid or nausea Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach acid
Alteration of sense of smell Persuading Your Cat to eat - Warming the food
Dental problems Dental Problems Treatments
Fluid retention or build-up Fluid and Urinary Issues Treatments
Use of certain antibiotics Antibiotic Choices
Constipation All About Constipation
Side effect of methimazole for hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments
 

Ataxia (Lack of Co-ordination/Unsteady Walk)

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Constipation

All About Constipation

 


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Symptoms and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Back Leg Weakness  
Low potassium levels Potassium Imbalances
Anaemia All About Anaemia
High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Diabetic neuropathy Diabetes Treatments
Constipation All About Constipation
Stroke (Hypertension)

All About Hypertension

Arthritis Arthritis Treatments
 

Back Leg Weakness in One Leg Only

Arterial thromboembolism (Heart problem) Arterial Thromboembolism Treatments

 

Bad Breath

Uraemia (high toxin levels) Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances
 

Bleeding After Subcutaneous Fluids

Nicked a small vein Subcutaneous Fluids Tips
 
Bleeding Eyes
Hypertension

All About Hypertension

 
Blindness
Hypertension

All About Hypertension

Use of Baytril, an antibiotic (rare) Antibiotic Choices
 
Blood in Stools
Gastrointestinal bleeding Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances
 
Blood in Vomit
Gastrointestinal bleeding Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances
Mouth ulcers Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances
 
Blood in Urine
Urinary tract infection Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Hypertension

All About Hypertension

 
Body Odour
Body odour Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances
 
Bony Spine
Proteinuria Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances
Metabolic acidosis All About Metabolic Acidosis
 
Breathlessness
Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Anaemia All About Anaemia

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments
 
Bumping into things (furniture, doors or walls etc.)
Blindness caused by hypertension

All About Hypertension

Blindness caused by use of Baytril (rare) Antibiotic Choices

 


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Symptoms and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Cannot Lift Head  
Low potassium levels All About Potassium
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency The Importance of B Vitamins
 
Circling  
Stroke (usually caused by hypertension)

All About Hypertension

 
Coat Colour Change  
Ill health May improve as cat is stabilised
Sunbathing Untreatable unless you ban sunbathing
 
Cold Leg, Especially a Back Leg  
Arterial thromboembolism (Heart problem) Arterial Thromboembolism Treatments
 
Congestion  
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

Side effect of cyproheptadine (longterm use)

Persuading Your Cat to Eat
Dental problems Dental Problems Treatments
Respiratory tract infection Harpsie's Website
 
Constantly Hungry  
Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

 
Constipation  
Constipation All About Constipation
Low potassium levels Potassium Imbalances
Calcium imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

Side effect of phosphorus binders

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Side effect of iron supplements All About Anaemia
   
Coughing  

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments
 
Cracked Paw Pads  
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances
 
Crackling Skin  

Air in the subcutaneous fluids line

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments
Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments
 
Crashing  
Crashing Intravenous Fluid Therapy
 
Craving Ice or Snow  
Anaemia All About Anaemia

 


D


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Dark Stools  
Gastrointestinal bleeding Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances
Side effect of iron supplements All About Anaemia
 
Defecating Outside Litter Tray  
Constipation All About Constipation
 
Dehydration  
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances
 
Detached Retinas  
Hypertension

All About Hypertension

 
Diarrhoea  
Sudden change of food Introducing New Foods
Use of potassium supplements Potassium Imbalances
Use of certain antibiotics Use of antibiotics
Overflow incontinence due to constipation All About Constipation
Overtreating constipation All About Constipation
Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Harpsie's Website
 
Dilated Pupils  
Hypertension

All About Hypertension

 
Drooling  
Excess stomach acid Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach acid
Mouth ulcers Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances
Dental problems Dental Problems Treatments
Side effect of Cerenia Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach acid
   
Dry Stools  
Constipation All About Constipation
 
Dull Coat and Dandruff
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances
Lack of essential fatty acids Essential Fatty Acids Supplementation
Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Protein deficiency The Downsides of Low Protein

 


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Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Eating Grass  
Excess stomach acid Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach acid
 
Eating Litter  
Anaemia All About Anaemia
Calcium Imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

 
Eating Ice or Snow  
Anaemia All About Anaemia
 
Enlarged Pupils

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

 


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Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Fast Breathing  
Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Anaemia All About Anaemia

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments
Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments

Constipation

All About Constipation

 
Fast Heart Rate  

Anaemia

All About Anaemia

 

Feeling Cold  

Anaemia

All About Anaemia

 

Feeling "Squishy"  

Air in the subcutaneous fluids line

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments
Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments
   
Feeling Warm or Hot  

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

 

Foamy Urine  
Proteinuria Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

 

"Forgetting" Hind Legs  

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

 

Fur Loss  

Ill health

May improve as cat is stabilised

 

Fur Loss From Pulling Out Hair  

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

 

Fur Loss Around Neck  

Food allergies

Harpsie's Website

 


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Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Grinding Teeth  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach acid
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

Dental problems

Dental Problems Treatments

Osteodystrophy ("rubber jaw")

Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Treatments

 

Gurgling Stomach  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

 


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Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Hair Colour Change  
Ill health May improve as cat is stabilised
Sunbathing Untreatable unless you ban sunbathing

 

Hair Loss  

Ill health

May improve as cat is stabilised

 

Hair Loss From Pulling Out Hair  

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

 

Hair Loss Around Neck  

Food allergies

Harpsie's Website

 

Head Hanging Down  
Low potassium levels All About Potassium
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency The Importance of B Vitamins

 

Head Pressing  

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

 

Head Tilt  
Stroke (usually caused by hypertension)

All About Hypertension

Ear infection

Ask your vet about treatment options

 

Heavy Breathing  
Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Anaemia All About Anaemia

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments
Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments

 

Hiding  

Feeling ill

May improve as cat is stabilised
Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments
 
Hoarseness  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

 

Hot and/or Red Ears  

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

Food allergies

Harpsie's Website

 

Hovering Over Water Bowl  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

 

Howling  

Uraemia (high toxin levels)

Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances

Cognitive Dysfunction (Senility)

Cognitive dysfunction 

Side effect of cyproheptadine (longterm use)

Persuading Your Cat to Eat
Side effect of mirtazapine Persuading Your Cat to Eat

Side effect of metoclopramide (rare)

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

Side effect of anabolic steroids

Use of Anabolic Steroids

 

Howling, Especially at Night  

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Deafness

Untreatable

 

Hunched Over Water Bowl  
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances
Excess stomach acid Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

 


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Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Inability to Hold Up Head  
Low potassium levels All About Potassium
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency The Importance of B Vitamins

 

Inappropriate Elimination  

Inappropriate elimination

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems
Incontinence Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems

Urinary tract infection

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems

Kidney infection

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems

Diabetes

Diabetes Treatments

Constipation

All About Constipation

 

Incontinence  
Incontinence Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems
Inappropriate elimination Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems

Urinary tract infection

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems
Kidney infection Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems

Diabetes

Diabetes Treatments

 

Increased Appetite  

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Seizures Treatment depends upon cause - consider hypertension first

Diabetes

Diabetes Treatments

 

Increased Drinking  

Dehydration

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

 

Increased Urination  

Fluid therapy

Fluid Therapy

 

Increased Urination at Night  

Low potassium level

Potassium Imbalances

Side effect of calcitriol

Use of Calcitriol for Secondary Hyperparathyroidisml

 

Itching  

Uraemia (high toxin levels)

Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Vitamin B6 deficiency

The Importance of B Vitamins
Lack of essential fatty acids Essential Fatty Acids Supplementation
Side effect of methimazole for hyperthyroidism Hyperthyroidism Treatments
 
Itching (May Also Pull Out Hair)

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

 


J


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Jerking  

Uraemia (high toxin levels)

Waste Product Regulation

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances
High potassium levels Potassium Imbalances

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Vitamin B6 deficiency

The Importance of B Vitamins

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Side effect of metoclopramide (rare)

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid
   
Jerking, Especially Head  

Calcium imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

 

 

Jerking During Subcutaneous Fluids

Type of fluid used e.g. Normosol

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

Using cold fluids

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

 

 

 


K


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Keeping Close to You

Feeling ill

May improve as cat is stabilised
   

"Knuckling"

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

 


L


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Lack of Co-ordination in the Limbs

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

 

 

Lethargy  

Anaemia

All About Anaemia

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

High potassium levels Potassium Imbalances

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments
Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments
   
Lethargy After Subcutaneous Fluids

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments

 

 

Licking Concrete
Anaemia All About Anaemia
Calcium Imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

 

 

Licking Food, Then Walking Away

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach acid
Mouth ulcers Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances
   
Licking Ice or Snow
Anaemia All About Anaemia
Calcium Imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

   
Limping
Arterial thromboembolism (Heart problem) Arterial Thromboembolism Treatments

 

 

Lip Licking or Lipsmacking

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach acid

Anaemia

All About Anaemia
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

Side effect of metoclopramide (rare)

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach acid

 

 

Litter Eating  
Anaemia All About Anaemia
Calcium Imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

 

 

Litter Sticking to Feet  
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

 

 

Loss of Appetite  
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances
Uraemia (high toxin levels) Waste Product Regulation
High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Anaemia All About Anaemia
Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Mouth ulcers Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances
Excess stomach acid or nausea Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid
Alteration of sense of smell Persuading Your Cat to eat - Warming the food
Dental problems Dental Problems Treatments
Fluid retention or build-up Fluid and Urinary Issues Treatments
Use of certain antibiotics Antibiotic Choices
Constipation All About Constipation
Side effect of methimazole for hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments

 

 

Loss of Hair  

Ill health

May improve as cat is stabilised

 

 

Loss of Meow  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

 

 

Loss of Sight  
Hypertension

All About Hypertension

Use of Baytril, an antibiotic (rare) Antibiotic Choices
   
Low Temperature  

Anaemia

All About Anaemia

Calcium imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments

Heart problems

Heart Problems Treatments

   

Lying in the Litterbox

 

Urinary tract infection

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems

Constipation

All About Constipation

Seeking comfort

Seeking comfort

 


M


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Meatloaf Position  
Crashing Intravenous Fluid Therapy

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach acid
   

Mouth Ulcers

 

Mouth ulcers Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

 

 

Muscle Wasting, Especially in Back Legs

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

 


N


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Nasal Discharge  

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments

 

 

Nausea  

Uraemia (high toxin levels)

Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances

Nausea

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Calcium imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments

Anaemia

All About Anaemia

 

 

Nosebleeds  

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

 

 

Not Drinking  
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances
Crashing Intravenous Fluid Therapy
   
Not Urinating or Reduced Urination  

Urinary tract infection

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems
Kidney infection Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems

Urinary tract blockage

Other Illnesses

Kidney stones Kidney Stones Treatments
Acute kidney injury Acute Kidney Injury Treatments

Side effect of cyproheptadine

Persuading Your Cat to Eat

End stage renal disease

End stage renal disease

Diabetes

Diabetes Treatments

 


O


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Obsession with Water  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

 

 

Open Mouth Breathing  

Fluid retentin/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments

 


P


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Pacing  

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

Pain

Use of Painkillers

Side effect of metoclopramide (rare)

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach acid

Side effect of cyproheptadine (longterm use)

Persuading Your Cat to Eat

Side effect of mirtazapine

Persuading Your Cat to Eat

 

 

Pale Nose, Gums or Eyelids  

Anaemia

All About Anaemia

 

 

Pawing at the Mouth  
Mouth ulcers Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances

Dental problems

Dental Problem Treatments

 

 

Plantigrade Stance  

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic Treatments

   
Playing with Water Bowl  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances
   
Pooping Outside the Litter Tray  
Constipation All About Constipation

 

 

Pulling Out Hair  

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

 

 

Purring  

Contentment

Just Enjoy!

Pain or discomfort

Use of Painkillers

 


R


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Red and/or Hot Ears  

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

Food allergies

Harpsie's Website
   
Reduced Urination  

Urinary tract infection

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems
Kidney infection Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems

Urinary tract blockage

Other Illnesses

Kidney stones Kidney Stones Treatments
Acute kidney injury Acute Kidney Injury Treatments

Side effect of cyproheptadine

Persuading Your Cat to Eat

Diabetes

Diabetes Treatments

End stage renal disease

End stage renal disease

 

 

Restlessness  

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

Pain

Use of Painkillers

Side effect of metoclopramide (rare)

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach acid

Side effect of cyproheptadine (longterm use)

Persuading Your Cat to Eat

Side effect of mirtazapine

Persuading Your Cat to Eat

 

 

Retinal Changes  

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

 

 

"Rubber Jaw"  

Osteodystrophy

Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Treatments

 

 

Runny Eyes  

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments

Dental problems

Dental Problem Treatments

 


S


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Seeking Out Warm Places  

Anaemia

All About Anaemia

Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments

 

 

Seeking Out Cool Places  

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

 

 

Seizures  

High potassium levels

All About Potassium

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

Calcium imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

Uraemia (high toxin levels)

Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Side effect of metoclopramide (rare)

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

Use of Advantage for fleas

Flea Treatments

 

 

Shaking  

Uraemia (high toxin levels)

Waste Product Regulation

Low potassium levels

All About Potassium
High potassium levels All About Potassium

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Vitamin B6 deficiency

The Importance of B Vitamins

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Side effect of metoclopramide (rare)

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid
   
Shaking, Especially Head  

Calcium imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

   
Shaking During Subcutaneous Fluids

Type of fluid used e.g. Normosol

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

Using cold fluids

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

 

 

Sitting Hunched Up  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid
Crashing Intravenous Fluid Therapy
   
Sitting Up/Reluctance to Lie Down  

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments

 

 

Skin Crackling  

Air in the subcutaneous fluids line

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments
Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments

 

 

Sneezing  
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

Dental problems

Dental Problem Treatments

Side effect of cyproheptadine (longterm use)

Persuading Your Cat to Eat
Respiratory tract infection Harpsie's Website

 

 

Sniffing Food, Then Walking Away  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid
Mouth ulcers Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances

 

 

"Spaced Out"  

High potassium levels

All About High Potassium

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

Calcium imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

Uraemia (high toxin levels)

Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Side effect of metoclopramide (rare)

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

 

 

"Squishy" Feeling

 

Air in the subcutaneous fluids line

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments
Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments
   
Staring into Space  

High potassium levels

All About High Potassium

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

Calcium imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

Uraemia (high toxin levels)

Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Side effect of metoclopramide (rare)

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

   
Stiff Neck  
Low potassium levels Potassium Imbalances
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency The Importance of B Vitamins

 

 

Stilted Gait in the Front Legs  

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

 

 

Stroke  

Stroke (usually caused by hypertension)

All About Hypertension

 

 

Stuffy Nose  
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

Dental problems

Dental Problem Treatments

Side effect of cyproheptadine (longterm use)

Persuading Your Cat to Eat
Respiratory tract infection Harpsie's Website

 

 

Stumbling, Feet Crossing Over  

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

 

 

Sunken Eyes  
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

 

 

Swollen Legs, Face or Abdomen  

Air in the subcutaneous fluids line

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips
Proteinuria Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments
Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments
Nephrotic syndrome Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
   
Swollen Leg (One)  

Subcutaneous fluids settling in leg

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips
 

T


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Teeth Grinding  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

Dental problems

Dental Problem Treatments

Osteodystrophy ("rubber jaw")

Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Treatments

 

 

Trembling  

Uraemia (high toxin levels)

Waste Product Regulation

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

High potassium levels Potassium Imbalances

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Vitamin B6 deficiency

The Importance of B Vitamins

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Side effect of metoclopramide (rare)

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid
   
Trembling, Especially Head  

Calcium imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

   

Trembling During Subcutaneous Fluids

Type of fluid used e.g. Normosol

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

Using cold fluids

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

 

 

Trouble Breathing  
Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Anaemia All About Anaemia

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments
   
Trouble Holding Up Head  
Low potassium levels Potassium Imbalances
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency The Importance of B Vitamins

 

 

Trouble Walking  
Low potassium levels Potassium Imbalances
Anaemia All About Anaemia
High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Diabetic neuropathy Diabetes Treatments
Constipation All About Constipation
Stroke (Hypertension)

All About Hypertension

Arthritis Arthritis Treatments

 

 

Back Leg Weakness in One Leg Only

Arterial thromboembolism (Heart problem) Arterial Thromboembolism Treatments

 

 

Twitching  

Uraemia (high toxin levels)

Waste Product Regulation

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

High potassium levels Potassium Imbalances

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Vitamin B6 deficiency

The Importance of B Vitamins

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Side effect of metoclopramide (rare)

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid
   
Twitching, Especially Head  

Calcium imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

 

 

Twitching During Subcutaneous Fluids

Type of fluid used e.g. Normosol

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

Using cold fluids

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

 

 

 


U


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Uneven Pupils  

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

   
Ungainly Walk  

Constipation

All About Constipation

   
Urinary Tract Infections  

Urinary tract infection

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems
   
Urinating Outside the Litter Tray  

Urinary tract infection

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems
   
Urinating in Inappropriate Places  

Inappropriate elimination

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems
Incontinence Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems

Urinary tract infection

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems

Kidney infection

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems

Diabetes

Diabetes Treatments

Constipation

All About Constipation

 


V


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Visiting Litter Tray More Often  

Urinary tract infection

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Problems

 

 

Vomiting  

Vomiting

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Use of certain antibiotics Antibiotic Choices
Dehydration Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances
Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments

 

 

Vomiting After Drinking  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

 

 

Vomiting After Subcutaneous Fluids

Type of fluid used e.g. Normosol

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

 

 

Vomiting Before, During or After Using the Litter Tray

Constipation

All About Constipation

 

 

Vomiting Blood  
Gastrointestinal bleeding Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances
Mouth ulcers Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances

 

 

Vomiting Clear Foam  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid
   
Vomiting "Coffee Grains"

 

Gastrointestinal bleeding Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances
Mouth ulcers Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances

 

 

Vomiting White Foam  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

 

 

 


W


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Walking Into Things (Furniture, Doors, Walls etc.)
Blindness (usually caused by hypertension)

All About Hypertension

Blindness (use of Baytril, an antibiotic (rare) Antibiotic Choices
 

 

Walking on Hocks  

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic Treatments

 

 

Weakness  

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Anaemia

All About Anaemia

Lack of food

Importance of Weight and Body Condition

   

Weakness in Back Legs

 

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

Anaemia

Anaemia Treatments

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Diabetic neuropathy Diabetes Treatments
Constipation All About Constipation
Stroke (usually caused by hypertension)

All About Hypertension

Arthritis Arthritis Treatments
   

Weakness in One Back Leg Only

Arterial thromboembolism (Heart problem) Arterial Thromboembolism Treatments

 

 

Weight Gain  

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments

Air in the fluids line

Subcutaneous Fluids Tips

Fluid retention/build-up

Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Issues
Heart problems Congestive Heart Failure Treatments
Pancreatitis Pancreatitis Treatments

 

 

Weight Loss  
Proteinuria Regulation of Fluid and Urinary Imbalances

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism Treatments

Diabetes

Diabetes Treatments

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

 

 

Wheezing  

Anaemia

All About Anaemia

 

 

Wobbliness  

Low potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Anaemia

All About Anaemia

Lack of food

Importance of Weight and Body Condition

 

 

Wobbliness in Back Legs  
Low potassium levels Potassium Imbalances
Anaemia All About Anaemia
High phosphorus levels

The Importance of Phosphorus Control

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Diabetic neuropathy Diabetes Treatments
Constipation All About Constipation
Stroke (Hypertension)

All About Hypertension

Arthritis Arthritis Treatments
   

Wobbliness in One Back Leg Only

Arterial thromboembolism (Heart problem) Arterial Thromboembolism Treatments
 

 

 


Y


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
Yawning  

Excess stomach acid

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

 

 

Yellow or Orange Urine  

Use of B Vitamin Complex

The Importance of B Vitamins

 

 


Z


Symptom and Possible Causes More Information and Possible Treatments
   
"Zoning Out"  

High potassium levels

Potassium Imbalances

Hypertension

All About Hypertension

Calcium imbalances

Regulation of Minerals

Uraemia (high toxin levels)

Regulation of Waste Product Imbalances

Metabolic acidosis

All About Metabolic Acidosis

Side effect of metoclopramide (rare)

Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid

 

     

 

 

 

 

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This page last updated: 31 December 2012

Links on this page last checked: 31 December 2012

 

The group is hosted on yahoo!groups, part of yahoo. It has its own address separate from Tanya's website. You can either click here or copy and paste this link into your browser:

 

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/

 

If you are already familiar with yahoo!groups, just click on the link and apply to join (and don't forget to complete the short questionnaire you'll be sent), but if you'd like to know more about how the group works, read on.

 

I own and run the group, but I am ably assisted by two moderators, Anne V and Anne A. They help with membership queries, approve messages, and do lots of boring admin stuff behind the scenes to help the group run smoothly for the members.

 

The group has various sections, including a photos section and a realtime chat function but for most people the most important part of the group is its message section. Basically, a member who wants support, vet recommendations, or to hear how others are coping with a particular problem, sends a message to the rest of the group. Other members then respond if they can. All messages sent to the group are stored in a message archive which members can search if they wish.

 

The group is private, i.e. messages sent to it are only visible to members, so people are not posting to the internet at large. The names of group members are also private, so nobody will know you are a member unless you choose to send messages to the group.

 


Joining the Group                                                                                                                        Back to Page Index


 

There are two ways to join the group, via the group's website or via e-mail:

 

How to Join the Group via E-mail


Just send an e-mail to

tanyas-ckd-support-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

You should then receive an e-mail in response asking you to confirm that you definitely want to join the group. Just click Reply and send.

 

If you join the group via e-mail, you will be able to send and receive e-mails to the group, but you will not be able to access the group website and read the message archives or look at the photos. If you wish to do that, you will need to set up a yahoo! ID by visiting the group website.

 

How to Join the Group via the Web


You can visit the group's homepage and follow the instructions. If you do this, yahoo!groups will help you set up your yahoo! ID, which gives you access to the group message archive etc. A yahoo! ID is not the same thing as an e-mail address.

 

Here are the steps to follow. Don't worry, this all sounds far worse than it is! You should find that in practice it all works more smoothly than it sounds when you're trying to explain it in writing:

 

Existing yahoo! ID

  1. Go to the group website: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/

  2. Click on the Join this Group button and you'll be taken to a Sign In to Yahoo! page.

  3. Sign in and link Tanya's Support Group to your existing account.

  4. Choose the e-mail address you wish to use for the group (see below).

  5. There is a little box for you to tell me why you would like to join the group. You don't need to be inventive or fancy, it's not a competition, it's just an extra check by yahoo!groups to keep spammers out.

  6. Choose your message delivery options (see below).

  7. Scroll down and click on the blue Join button at the bottom right of the page.

New yahoo! ID

  1. Go to the group website: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/

  2. Click on the Join this Group button and you'll be taken to a Sign In to Yahoo! page.

  3. Scroll down a little and click on the Create New Account button.

  4. On the next page you can create your new account. Some people are somewhat inventive in their responses, but in such cases it is important to remember what responses have been given in case the information is needed later to access the account. I can't see any of this stuff, it's entirely private between you and yahoo!groups, so I cannot help in case of later queries. 

  5. Once the account is successfully set up, you'll be taken to a Congratulations! page.

  6. Before you click on the Continue button on the Congratulations! page, untick the box that makes yahoo! your homepage (unless that is what you want).

  7. Also click on the Edit Marketing Preferences link below the Continue button. This takes you to another page where they helpfully opt you in to everything, so go through and set it as you wish.

  8. Then on the same separate page click on Account Info at the top of the page. You will be asked for your password again and taken to the Account Info page. Click on Profile and opt out of the various choices as you wish. The key thing is, you do have choices here, you can make things as public or private as you wish.

  9. Now click on the Continue button on the original page. You will be taken back to the group page to choose your membership settings.

  10. Choose the e-mail address you wish to use for the group (see below).

  11. There is a little box for you to tell me why you would like to join the group. You don't need to be inventive or fancy, it's not a competition, it's just an extra check by yahoo!groups to keep spammers out.

  12. Choose your message delivery options (see below).

  13. Scroll down and click on the blue Join button at the bottom right of the page.


Membership Settings                                                                                          Back to Page Index


 

There are various choices you need to make regarding your membership of the group. The most important are which e-mail address to use, and which way you read messages sent to the group by group members.

 

Membership Settings: Your E-mail Address


You need to decide which e-mail address you wish to use for the group. If you have created a yahoo! ID, yahoo!groups will normally have also set up a free yahoo! e-mail account for you based on your new yahoo ID. You can use this e-mail address to access the group if you wish, but it's not essential, you can use any e-mail address you wish. Since yahoo! is now scanning messages for advertising purposes (similar to gmail), I would recommend not using yahoo! e-mail if possible (though it would probably be better than using your work address for private stuff).

 

If you do not want to use your free yahoo! e-mail address, click on Add e-mail address to add a different one. Be aware, if you don't add a new address here, yahoo! will use the yahoo! e-mail address as a default address. So if you don't receive the membership questionnaire, it may well be because it's gone to your new yahoo! e-mail address.

 

If you ever wish to change the e-mail address you are using for the group, you can do that here:

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/join

 

Membership Settings: Message Delivery


This sets up how you will access messages that are sent to the group.

 

This is a pretty active group. If you're looking after your CKD cat, you want support but you probably don't want a full inbox all the time. To help you manage this issue, you have three options for messages, and you can switch between them all as you wish:

  1. Individual E-mails

  2. Daily Digest

  3. Web Only (No e-mail)

Individual E-mails


This is the default setting. If you apply to join the group via e-mail, you will end up with this setting. If you apply to join the group via the group's webpage, if you don't choose one of the other settings, this is the one you will end up with.

 

This setting means that as soon as somebody sends a message to the group, it is sent directly to your inbox. It's a good choice if you might want to know immediately if somebody has responded to you, or if you would like to store some of the group messages for your reference. It's also good for being able to quickly delete messages which don't interest you.

 

The downside is that this is a busy group, averaging 50-100 group messages each day, so your inbox can quickly get full. One solution is to create a folder to use for group messages. All messages sent to the group have a tag in the subject line [tanya-crf] so you can filter all messages from the group to a new folder using this tag if you wish.

 

With both individual e-mail and message digest options, you can also choose the format of messages sent to you (Display Format), either Fully Featured (html, pretty colours etc.) or Traditional (plain text).

 

Message Digest


This means that you receive e-mails from the group, but yahoo!groups waits until there are about 25 messages available and sends them to you all in one go. With this option, you would therefore only receive 2-4 e-mails a day from the group, but it means you have to wait for responses (though you can still check on the group website for messages) and it can be more difficult to find what you are looking for within each digest.

 

With both individual e-mail and message digest options, you can also choose the format of messages sent to you (Display Format), either Fully Featured (html, pretty colours etc.) or Traditional (plain text).

 

Web Only (No Mail)


This means that you receive no messages at all from the group. This is a wise choice if you are using a work e-mail address, or if you cannot cope with the group's message volume. With this system you simply go to the group's website and read the messages that interest you there. Even if this is not your usual choice, it can be helpful to use this option if you are going on holiday.

 

So make your choices, then click the Join button at the bottom right of the page.

 


Important: Membership Questionnaire                                                           Back to Page Index


OK, so you've successfully applied to join the group. However, there is one more thing you need to do in order to join. I want to protect the group members from spammers, so whichever way you apply to join the group, you will receive a short questionnaire asking:

  1. Your first name

  2. The country where you live

  3. Your CKD cat's name and age

You need to respond to this before your membership will be approved.

 

Please don't worry about saying "the right thing." This is not a test to see if you are "good enough" for the group, everybody is welcome here, whoever they are or wherever they come from, as long as they want to help their cat. This questionnaire is basically just to reassure us that you are a real person applying to join rather than somebody trying to sell stuff and spam the group, but it also enables us to tailor our responses to your group messages e.g. if we moderators know where you live, we will not suggest treatments not available there.

 

Please note, only the two Annes and I can see your responses to these questions. The group will not know anything about you unless you choose to introduce yourself.

 

Once you respond to the questionnaire, your membership application should be approved very quickly (most people are approved within two hours or less).

 

Occasionally the questionnaire goes missing. You think we haven't sent it, and we think you haven't responded! If we haven't heard from you five days after you apply to join, we will send you a reminder. Unfortunately, we can only use the address you've used to sign up for the group, so if you've accidentally used your new yahoo e-mail address without realising it (see above), you won't see either the questionnaire or our reminder. If you don't hear from us, please simply write to us at tanyas-ckd-support-owner@yahoogroups.com and let us know. Please respond to the three questions in your response and we will either approve you (if your membership is pending) or send you a personal invitation to join the group (if your membership application has disappeared into a black hole).

 


Messages                                                                                                                                          Back to Page Index


 

Message Options: Sending Messages


You don't have to post, you can just lurk if you prefer.

 

If you wish to change the name that appears on messages you send to the group, Yahoo! explains how you can do that.

 

Starting a Thread


  1. You can simply send an e-mail to ask your question by sending it to tanyas-ckd-support@yahoogroups.com.

  2. You can go to the group website, click on Post Message in the sidebar on the left, and then write your message there.

Replying to an Existing Message


Messages sent in response to another message on the group also go directly to the group, not to the individual to whom you are replying. Therefore if you wish to respond to a message somebody else has sent, you can simply click reply on your e-mail programme. If you reply via the group website, you can click on the message in the group archives, then click reply which is top left above the message.

 

If you're changing the subject, or replying to a Digest (which have the subject line of Digest No. xxx), please change the subject line appropriately to something more meaningful. And please remove everything except that to which you are replying.

 

If you wish to reply privately to somebody, you will need to press reply, then delete the group e-mail address and paste their personal e-mail address into the To: line if you are using e-mail. If you are replying via the group website, you will see a little envelope over on the right under the person's name. If you click on that, your message will go to that person.

 

Message Content


You are welcome to discuss anything relating to care of your CKD cat. We do have a few guidelines we ask people to follow though:

  1. Please do not refer to vets or vet clinics by name for legal reasons. Just say "my vet" or "Dr J".

  2. Please do not ask for money or other donations.

  3. Since this is a very busy group, we ask that condolences are sent privately to the bereaved group member. Certain other messages should also be sent privately e.g. short "me too" messages, off topic posts etc.

  4. Please trim your posts.

Moderation of Messages


When you first join the group, your messages will be moderated for a short while. This means that they will not reach the group immediately, but will first be read and approved by one of the moderators. We do this to ensure that:

  1. you are not a spammer;

  2. you are keeping to other group guidelines (e.g. not naming your vet publicly);

  3. you are trimming your messages appropriately.

If you comply with the group guidelines sent to you when you join the group, you will be taken off moderation quickly. The main reason people stay on moderation is because they do not trim their posts. So please read up on this in the group guidelines. If you get stuck, just ask for help.

 


Leaving the Group                                                                                                Back to Page Index


 

Some people decide to leave the group. Their cat may have died, or they may find the message volume is too much, or they simply decide it's not the place for them. Leaving is fine, but if you're thinking of leaving simply because you cannot cope with message volume, please consider changing your message options first, such as by going no mail. This means your inbox will not be full, but you can still reach out for support quickly when you need it.

 

If you are leaving because your cat has died, please consider joining our sister group, Tanya's Feline Loss Support:

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-feline-loss/

 


Conclusion                                                                                                            Back to Page Index


I do hope you've decided to join Tanya's CKD Support Group! It can give you support, it can give you hope. It can make you smile too - where else would people share your thrill at hearing that your constipated cat has pooped? (Believe me, when you've been dealing with CKD for a while, things like this are real triumphs which can absolutely make your day).

 

I personally read every message sent to the group. I don't respond to every post (my priority is running this website) but I do keep an eye on things and post occasionally if I can add to what has already been said.

 


Group Quick Links                                                                                               Back to Page Index


Some of these only work if you are already a member of the group.

 

Weblinks


Group homepage:                                                 http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/

Managing your membership options:                  http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/join

Messages archive                                                 http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/messages

 

E-mail Addresses


Sending a message to the group via e-mail:        tanyas-ckd-support@yahoogroups.com

Group owner e-mail address:                                 tanyas-ckd-support-owner@yahoogroups.com

Joining the group via e-mail:                                   tanyas-ckd-support-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Leaving the group via e-mail:                                  tanyas-ckd-support-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com