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Older Cat with Kidney Issues

 
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David
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:40 pm    Post subject: Older Cat with Kidney Issues Reply with quote

We have a cat that is 15 with a number of problems. Our main concern now is she is not eating enough. Whiskas kitty milk is about all we can get her to drink. She definitely has kidney and thyroid issues. Also, she has bad teeth, and I know it hurts to chew. We just got some pepsid hoping it might help appetite. She does express interest in food and look up when we have a new plate, but then when we present it, she doesn't go for it. We have tried MANY different food types, especially soft. Any more ideas you can give us?
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David
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the answer I received from a vet:

Any time a cat will not eat, she is either sick or in pain.
Prissy may be in pain due to her teeth. Ask her vet for some pain meds so she feels more comfortable.
Her tapizole dosage may need adjustment. Many time when treating the thyroid,

Here is a link for more information for hyperthyroidism in cats.
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&C=&A=1197&SourceID=

kidney function worsens. She may be more willing to eat if she gets regular subQ fluids.

Cats with only 25% of kidney function can do fine via SubQ fluids which can evn be administered at home:
http://www.felinecrf.com/managh.htm
Here is info on CRF and FUS
http://cats.about.com/cs/healthissues/p/CRF.htm
http://www.hdw-inc.com/healthfus.htm
http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/renal.html

Cats are attracted to smelly foods. Try tuna, salmon,, fancy feast, pate` canned food, baby food with no onion or garlic, sardines, boiled chicken,fish, etc.
There is now a food that a cat can eat where they no longer need thyroid meds. Ask her vet about it.

http://www.hillspet.com/health-conditions/cat-thyroid-health.html
BTW: tapizole can be compounded to a gel that goes in the ear so she would not take oral meds.
Antibiotics can clear up dental infections at least temporarily so the bacteria in not entering her system

Boil fish as the smell of cooking food awakens the appetite sensors in the brain.

I hope some of these suggestions help Prissy to feel better and eat. Please let me know how she is doing. If you still have questions just press reply and I will be here for you.
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