Dealing with CKD is often compared with riding a rollercoaster.
Although it can be very rewarding seeing your cat respond well to
treatments, there will be times when you are stressed and frightened,
and long to get off the rollercoaster.
This section of the site provides tools to help you cope during those
Coping with CKD
This page gives tips on how to cope with the diagnosis and how to live
with the disease. It discusses practical issues, such as how to deal with the costs of CKD, and what to do if you have to
travel away from home. There is also information on how to cope from an emotional perspective,
which includes tips on how not to worry too much about the future, and
what to do when you are feeling really low and stressed.
Many people find this is one of the most encouraging parts of the
site. There are stories about cats with high numbers, cats with low
numbers, cats with acute kidney injury, cats with kidney stones, young
cats (six months old in some cases), old cats. Check it out!
I set up this private support group to help people with CKD cats feel
less alone. Members of the group support each other during the bad times
and celebrate the good times together. They give tips on medicating a
CKD cat and where to get supplies at good prices.
Read about how the group works on this page and sign up - it's
completely free, and you can share as much or as little as you like.
TREATING YOUR CAT WITHOUT VETERINARY ADVICE CAN BE
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.
This site was
created using Microsoft software, and therefore it is best viewed in
Internet Explorer. I know it doesn't always display too well in other
browsers, but I'm not an IT expert so I'm afraid I don't know how to
change that. I would love it to display perfectly everywhere, but my focus
is on making the information available. When I get time, I'll try to
improve how it displays in other browsers.
You may print
out one copy of each section of this site for your own information and/or
one copy to give to your vet, but this site may not otherwise be
reproduced or reprinted, on the internet or elsewhere, without the
permission of the site owner, who can be contacted via the
This site is a labour of love, from which I do not make
a penny. Please do not steal from me by taking credit for my work.
If you wish to
link to this site, please feel free to do so. Please make it clear that
this is a link and not your own work. I would appreciate being informed of