My 16 yr old burmese cat has just been diagnosed with the beginning stages of renal failure. Currently he eats some Friskie's moist canned food, Wellness moist food, dry Oral care. To complicate things I have another senior cat who has lower urinary track disease, and other issues from Bartonella. I also have 2 healthy cats. Is this mixture of food acceptable for the cat in renal failure. Is there any supplements I can give him. He also has mega colon which he receives lactulose and cisapride. I would love something other than this combo to give him also. Any help would be appreciated.All 4 cats were adopted.
Type of Animal: Burmese Cat
Name of Cat: Singian
It was suggested that I put him on Science Diet k/d. It is impossible for me to keep all the other cats separated for him to eat this special diet. I also read the ingredients which are mainly chemicals with pork by products and some vitamins and probably minerals as it does not contain hardly anything nutritional from natural products.
This cat also has mega colon and receives lactulose which he frequently throws back up and cisapride.
He was adopted by me and the mega colon was discovered
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For renal failure cases, possible treatments that may REALLY help:- When the kidneys do not work well, they are not able to eliminate acids in the body as they would normally be required to do - this results in a build up of acids and toxins and stomach upset. For this reason, antacids such as Pepcid A/C are commonly used (LINK HERE)- Subcutaneous fluids to be given by you at home - when the kidneys do not work well, they can no hold in water. This fluid administration will help with maintaining hydration as well as flushing out the kidneys (LINK HERE).- Depending on the phosphorus level - phosphate binders such as Alternagel can also be considered- You could ask about adding a medication called reglan (LINK HERE) that you could also give twice daily before feeding, about 30 minutes after the pepcid is given. It is a medication to use for nausea and can help improve the appetite.- Special kidney diets to consider include:1) Hill's K/D (LINK HERE)2) Purina NF (LINK HERE)3) Iams Renal Diet (LINK HERE)4) Royal Canin Renal LP (LINK HERE)If the special kidney diets are not possible in a multi-cat house, then wet food, more moisture, is better than dry food.- Supplements such as Azodyl (LINK HERE) can be used to decrease the toxins in the body from the kidneys as well.I hope this information is helpful.If you have any follow-up questions - please do not hesitate to ask!Otherwise - please remember to click ACCEPT. If we have exited the chat session, you may click a “Happy Face” followed by “Submit”.Find me any time if needed: http://www.justanswer.com/veterinary/expert-criticalcarevetYou can always request me through my profile, bookmark my page for future help, or beginning your question with “For CriticalCareVet”
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