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I am sorry your baby is not feeling well.
The head down may be a potassium deficiency. That is common with renal patients.It affects the muscles. See pic:
He may need a suppliment.
Two supplements that are very useful in the management of cats with kidney disease are Azodyl and Epakitin. These products help the body to eliminate waste products more efficiently, when the kidneys aren't working well. They are manufactured by Vetoquinol, and can be ordered by your veterinarian.
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It is not good for him to lose weight.
I can give you several recipes that were formulated by Hills and distributed to vets berfore Science diet was on the market. Royal canin makes a very palatable renal food as well.
C/D or H/D recipe - feline (also known as Feline Restricted Mineral and Sodium Diet): 1 lb regular ground beef, cooked1/4 lb liver (beef, chicken or pork only) cooked1 cup cooked white rice without salt1 teaspoon vegetable oil1 t (5g) calcium carbonate (Tums)1/8 teaspoon potassium chloride (salt substitute)
Also add a balanced supplement which fulfills the feline minimum daily requirements (MDR) for all vitamins and trace minerals, and 250 mg of taurine per day. This would be available from a veterinary clinic.
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Keep covered in refrigerator. Yield: 1+3/4lbs
Feeding Guide - feed sufficient to maintain normal body weight
Body wt Approx Daily Feeding 5lb 1/5lb 7-8lb 1/4lb 10lb 1/3lb
K/D recipe - feline
(also known as Feline Restricted Protein Diet):
1/4 lb liver (beef, chicken or pork only)
2 cups cooked white rice without salt
2 large hard-cooked eggs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 t (5g) calcium carbonate (Tums)
1/8 teaspoon potassium chloride (salt substitute)
Dice and braise the meat, retaining fat. Combine all ingredients and mix well. This mixture is somewhat dry and its palatability can be improved by adding a little water (not milk). Keep covered in refrigerator. Yield: 1+1/4lbs
Body wt Approx Daily Feeding
Cats with only 25% of kidney function can do fine via SubQ fluids which can evn be administered at home:
Here is info on CRF and FUS
Please let me know how he is doing.I will always be here for you.I hope all will be well.
Yes, it definitely sounds like a potassium deficiency. As I said this is quite common with renal patients because the kidneys do not maintain the proper potassium balance. The vet will prescribe the supplement.
It would be best if he ate wet food for his hydration.
Have you ever tried royal canin canned?
What do you think of the recipes?
Please let me know what the vet says and how your baby is doing.
I hope he feels better very soon.
Warmest best wishes,
The recipies, I should add those to his K/D dry food?
I tried really hard to get him to eat the wet food. he stopped eating completely for two days and so i relented and gave him the dry, which he actually seems to really like.
thank you so much for your help!
also, I need to add that other supplement to the mixture that goes with the K/D?
oh and that picture is exactly what he's doing.
Try the recipes and see if he likes them and eats well. Stop eating is NEVER an option for a cat.
If he does ask his vet about phasing out the K/D. Always get vet approval for any diet change.
Dont worry, I have seen many cats with low potassium that did just fine with a supplement.
It is my pleasure to help someone as lovely as you and your sweet baby.
I will always be here for both of you.
He is VERY lucky to have YOU for a "mommy"!
Thank you for pressing accept.
Best wishes for him,
you asked me to keep you updated:
My vet thinks that this all has to do with his kidney failure and so he is keeping him at his office for a few days on IV fluids to see if he improves. I asked him to do bloodwork as well to see if he needs suppliments when (hopefully) he improves.
What did the vet say about his low potassium?
Has he improved at all?Thanks,
The vet didnt say anything about it. He thinks if his potassium is low then it all has to do with the kidney failure and that giving him supplements right now will not help. he thinks that he needs a few days on IV fluids before my adding supplements might help.i asked him to do the bloodwork because i want to know so I can know if i need to add supplements when/if he makes it through this episode.
I havent been able to talk to them yet today to ask how he is. almost afraid to ask. i'll call them in two hours when i get a break at work.
Yes, the low potassium is definitely related to his kidney disease.
I will be praying he is still treatable.Sometimes IV fluids do the trick.
Please keep me posted on how he is doing.
Best wishes and prayers for him,