Danielle’s article on having a healthy home for healthy pets inspired me to give a little update and information on my senior cat. He was recently diagnosed with kidney issues. Now, this is typical of older cats, along with thyroid and heart being other issues an older cat can face.
At first, I was worried and frantic, searching the internet for the best treatment and information I could find to help him. Of course, I want to stay as close to natural as possible, so I started there. My Vet did prescribe a low dose medicine called Enalapril, but some cat owners feel that Lotensin (Benazepril/Fortekor) is better for cats with kidney issues. This is something I am discussing further with my Vet as I am proceeding with caution with such medications. You can look up more on these drugs should you have a need to use them with your own pet, at Tanya’s website. This is a great site for anyone with a cat, whether old or young, dealing with kidney disease.
I also decided to look into natural treatments to help my cat; one such treatment being a herb called Slippery Elm Bark. Apparently this is a wonder herb for so many things and it is one that has been proven to be tolerated well in cats. It is great for preventing constipation (something cats with kidney issues can face), reduces inflammation, helps with skin and coat, and various gastro issues. Another natural remedy I am giving my cat is Pet Essences. I have talked about these in a previous article and there is another form that is great for kidney issues. It contains Crab Apple and other flower essences that may benefit a cat dealing with various illnesses. I am using both of these herbal remedies. I hope to see results at my cat’s next doctor visit with improved diagnostic numbers.
As Danielle has mentioned, diet is important for a cat. I never realized just how close to nature cats really are. Their diet should be as close to natural as you can get it. Cats are descendants of African desert cats, so they need a lot of moisture in their diet. Which is why canned food is best along with lots of fresh water. And they need good quality protein with only one good carb or as few as possible. Grains are not always best for your cat and can cause food allergies as well. Tanya’s website lists some great foods for cats with kidney issues, being that they need to eat often, and they need food with as low phosphorus as possible. Tanya’s website gives great information on phosphorus levels as well as other issues to look out for.
A cat with kidney issues will exhibit many symptoms and special needs. I encourage you to check out Tanya’s website that I have a link to above as well as do your own research. A healthy lifestyle with reduced stress and lots of love can also do wonders for your cat!