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Tanya's Feline CKD Support Group is a group I have set up for people with a CKD cat where they can offer support and hope to each other during the bad times and celebrate the good times together. It's been going since 2006, and is a small, friendly supportive place. Membership is open to anyone who wants to help their CKD cat we don't care about your race, religion, nationality or anything like that, all that matters is that you love your cat and are willing to be polite and kind to other members.


There are a lot of different types of groups available online, and if you are not used to how online groups work, you may find it a little confusing at first, so this page explains more about how the group works and how to join it. Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it might appear!


How Does the Group Work?


It is an online group which is completely free to use (I pay the costs associated with running it, though in 2019 a kind group member who wishes to remain anonymous paid). The group is hosted on groups.io, and has its own website separate from Tanya's website. You can either click here or copy and paste this link into your browser:




I own and run the group, but I am ably assisted by three moderators, Anne, Rekha and Sandra. 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, and even find time to respond to members seeking help and support on the group forum


For most people, the group's message section, or forum, is the most important part of the group. The group has two forums:

  • CKD Support: the main and busiest group, for people trying to help their CKD cat;

  • CKD Loss: a sub-group which is for those grieving the loss of any cat, not just a CKD cat.

On the CKD Support forum you can ask for support, vet recommendations, or hear how others are coping with a particular problem. 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 and forums are private, i.e. messages sent to them are only visible to members, so people are not posting to the internet at large.


You cannot obtain veterinary advice on the group. Although we do have a few veterinary members, nobody on the group can diagnose or treat your cat. What we can do is make suggestions for things to discuss with your vet, provide tips on how to pill your cat more easily, tell you which foods our cats seem to like etc.

Joining the Group


Please visit the group's homepage: https://tanyackd.groups.io/g/support


or enter your e-mail address in the box below and click on the Subscribe button.



Then proceed as follows:

  1. If you have visited the group homepage, click on the green Join This Group button. If you've applied via the Subscribe button above, you will be asked to confirm your e-mail address.

  1. In either case, you will be advised that your membership is pending but will be invited to visit a page where you can create your account and choose your message options (see below). Please don't worry about providing lots of information on the account page, we don't see it.

  1. You will be sent two e-mails and it is important that you respond to both to become a member of the group.


    • The first is from groups.io asking you to confirm that your e-mail address is correct and that you definitely want to join the group. Until you do this, you will not have full access to the group, even if we approve your application.


    • The second is from the group moderators asking for some information about you and your cat. This is to weed out spammers and to help us to help you. We will not approve your membership application until you respond to this e-mail.

  1. You may have already filled out lots of information on the groups.io page where you created your account, but we can't actually see that, so we need you to respond to the e-mail from the moderators please. The questions in the e-mail are:

  • your first name so we know what to call you.

  • your country of residence this helps us make suggestions for treatments we think you may be able to obtain in your country.

  • your CKD cat's name and age this helps us consider possible causes of your cat's  problems.

  • why you would like to join the group this gives us an idea of your main concerns.

  1. Once the account is successfully set up, you will be taken to the group homepage. Once you are on this page, you can join the Loss subgroup if you wish.

If you do not respond to the membership questionaire within around three days, we will reject your application. Please don't worry, this is nothing personal, and does not mean you cannot join the group! The rejection notice will tell you how to respond to us so we can get you into the group, e.g. if you are having trouble responding to the message asking you to confirm that you want to join, we may be able to send you an invitation instead.


Message Delivery Choices


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


The main forum is extremely busy (up to 100 messages a day). 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 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 [tanyackd] so you can filter all messages from the group to a new folder using this tag if you wish.


Message Digest

This means that you receive e-mails from the group, but groups.io 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, either Fully Featured (html, pretty colours etc.) or Traditional (plain text, my favourite).


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 (though we would recommend that you use a private 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.


You should have been given a choice of message delivery when you joined the group, but to make or change your choices, click on the Your Groups link at the top left of the groups.io website, then click on your message choice for the relevant group under the Delivery tab.




Message Options: Sending Messages

You don't have to post, you can just lurk if you prefer. Nobody will know you are a member if you never send a message to the group.


If you wish to send a post, these are your choices (you need to be a member of the group to use them):


Starting a Discussion (Thread)

  1. You can simply send an e-mail to ask your question by sending it to support@tanyackd.groups.io

  2. You can go to the group website and click on the New Topic link to the left.

  3. On the main group, you must use at least one hashtag in each discussion thread's subject line. See below for more on this.


Hashtags are little markers that are used in the subject lines of every post sent to the main support group (they are not necessary on the Loss group). A hashtag consists of the # symbol plus a word with no gap between the two, for example #nausea.


The purpose of hashtags is to make it easier for people to see which posts they can help with, and to help people searching the archives for information on particular topics. You can use more than one hashtag if you wish, for example if you are writing about your cat with anaemia who is not eating, you could use the subject line Fred has anamia and is not eating #anaemia #noteating


You cannot create a hashtag yourself, there is an approved list of hashtags available on the group's website. You must still use a subject line, and the hashtag goes after the subject line.


Some people find the hashtags confusing at first, but we had a vote and the majority of members wanted to keep them because they find them helpful. Therefore you will need to use them (groups.io will automatically reject any messages without at least one hashtag, but you also can't use more than five).


Don't worry, you will soon get the hang of them.


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 on the Messages page, then click reply which is top left above the message.


If you are 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 in the body of the message except that to which you are replying. So if, for example, somebody asks about anaemia, heart issues and pancreatitis, and you are only responding to the paragraph about anaemia, please delete the rest of the post about heart issues and pancreatitis.


If you wish to reply privately to somebody 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. If you wish to reply privately to somebody via e-mail, you will need to press reply in your e-mail program, then delete the group e-mail address and paste their personal e-mail address into the To: line.


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. birthday congratulations, short "me too" messages, off topic posts etc, basically anything likely to only be of benefit or interest to the person to whom you are responding.

  4. Please trim your posts, i.e. only include a short amount of the post to which you are responding. If you use gmail, it may hide the rest of a thread, so do please double check you have trimmed your post.

  5. We do not accept links that use dropbox (for some strange reason, I cannot access such links).

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 or use hashtags or subject lines incorrectly. So please read up on this in the group guidelines. If you get stuck, just ask for help.


Leaving the Group


Some people decide to leave the group. Perhaps they simply decide it's not the place for them, but the most common reason for leaving is that people find the message volume is too much.


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.


Leaving the Group Because Your Cat Has Died


If your cat has died, you may decide to leave the group. However, since we know how hard it is to lose a cat, we strongly recommend that you join our CKD Loss Sub-group (which welcomes anyone who has lost a cat, whether to CKD or for some other reason), where people who know exactly how you feel can help you with your grief journey.


Because the Loss group is a sub-group, you must remain a member of the main CKD Support Group in order to access it; however, you do not have to receive messages from the main group or visit it at all.


Of course, you do not have to leave the main support group if you would like to stay. Some kind members continue to post and help on the main support group even after they have lost their cat. The choice is entirely yours.




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 many posts these days (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


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



Group homepage:                         https://tanyackd.groups.io/g/support


E-mail Addresses

Sending a message to the group via e-mail:


Support Group:                              support@tanyackd.groups.io


Group owner e-mail address:         tanyackd+owner@groups.io





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This page last updated: 13 September 2020

Links on this page last checked: 29 August 2020






I have tried very hard to ensure that the information provided in this website is accurate, but I am NOT a vet, just an ordinary person who has lived through CKD with three cats. This website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat any cat. Before trying any of the treatments described herein, you MUST consult a qualified veterinarian and obtain professional advice on the correct regimen for your cat and his or her particular requirements; and you should only use any treatments described here with the full knowledge and approval of your vet. No responsibility can be accepted.


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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