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Terri helped me quite a few years ago with one of my cats.

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Terri helped me quite a few years ago with one of my cats. I would like to know if she is still available at this site
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.

Hello, and welcome back to Just Answer.

Yes, Terri is still available on this site, however, at this time she is offline for the night. If you would like to wait until she is available in the morning, that would be fine. I will send her a message that you are looking for her.

If this is an emergency situation, I would be glad to try to help you or you can bring Jasmine to the nearest ER vet center.

Best regards,
Cher

Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

This is Terri.

I am more then happy to help you, anytime!

What is going on with Jasmine?

Thanks,

Terri

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Jasmine is my 14 year old domestic shorthair and I just found out she has renal failure. My vet offers very little hope. I noticed she was eating less and less but I had assumed it was her teeth because she was acting totally normal in all other ways. She HATES the vet and acts like a wild woman when she is there, so the only way he can examine her is to sedate her. She is so bad that for the last 5-6 years he has not even been able to get her out of her crate for her annual exam and has given her her annual shots while in the crate. She has never, in her entire life, been sick. She has never been to the vet except for annual visits. And now, her very first sickness, seems to be a fatal one. Two days before her appointment she stopped eating completely, even her favorite treats. She went to the vet on Monday which is when her sedated her to get a blood and urine sample and gave her some fluids. The vet also said she has an infection, so yesterday she went back for an antibiotic shot. He also gave me something to increase her appetite. I'm looking at the bottle but it's hard to read his handwriting. I think it says Mirtazopen, but that may be totally the wrong spelling. I tried to give her a 1/4 of a tablet but she fought me and it fell out of her mouth (even with a pill gun) so many times I'm not sure she ever got it although I didn't see it on the blanket. She did start eating today though. Ate some canned & dry food and she ate her treats this morning, so that was good. She probably lost at least 1 1/2 lbs. I am the only one to care for her and although she is normally sweet to me she fights me when I have to give her medication and I have no one to help me. Except for her not eating she has been acting pretty normal, which is why I was shocked that she was so sick. I really just thought it was a tooth issue. She was behaving normally, except for the day after she was sedated. I've done some online research and came across a product that had really good reviews and was wondering if you had ever heard of it. It's called "Kidney Support Gold" and it's sold by PetWellbeing. I asked my vet about any special food and he did not recommend anything since she was not eating at all at that time. He did give me a can of Cat Sure and a dropper thingy, but since she started eating today I did not try to give it to her (it would probably end up everywhere, except in her). So......I guess I'm asking for any advice. Any OTC treatments you would recommend? So far I've had a $565 and a $65 vet bill and though I love her dearly I don't know how much more I can afford. It would be wonderful if my vet could give her fluids without the added expense of having to leave her there and have her sedated in order to do that. I'm at a lost :(

Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

I am so sorry Jasmine is ill. I am happy to try and help.

This is a homeopathic product. I do not have personal knowledge of it but the reviews are good.I do not think it could hurt.

read more here:

http://www.petwellbeing.com/products/cat-kidney-disease

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.

Many cats do not eat because they feel nauseated.

You can add one quarter of a ten mg pepcid (famotidine) to baby food or tuna:

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/famotidine-pepcid/page1.aspx

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.

I fed this to my own personal CRF cat:

C/D or H/D recipe - feline (also known as Feline Restricted Mineral and Sodium Diet):
1 lb regular ground beef, cooked
1/4 lb liver (beef, chicken or pork only) cooked
1 cup cooked white rice without salt
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 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

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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)

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.

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

Feeding Guide - feed sufficient to maintain normal body weight

Body wt Approx Daily Feeding

5lb 1/4lb

7-8lb 1/3lb

10lb 2/5lb

Cats with only 25% of kidney function can do fine via SubQ fluids which can even be administered at home: BUT YOU WILL NEED HELP. Pehaps a vet tech could come over when necessary.

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

Please let me know how she is doing.If you have more questions just reply and will always be here for you.I hope all will be well.

Best wishes and prayers.

Terri

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.


I looked for the Royal Canin food online before I head to Petsmart but I don't see any that state it is for renal help. Can you tell me which one it is?

Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Thank you so much for your positive rating. It is VERY appreciated.

Royal canin is an excellent renal food and cats LIKE it which is important.

It comes in canned and dry versions. I recommend the canned so Jasmine gets adequate hydration.

Here is more info:

http://www.nationalpetpharmacy.com/product/9939/Royal-Canin-Veterinary-Diet-Renal-LP-Modified-Canned-Cat-Food

Try merrik canned food as well:

http://www.merrickpetcare.com/

It's not specifically for renal failure but can be used for CRF cats.

If she likes the recipes you can save a lot of money. I used to make a batch and freeze it into daily portions.

Please let me know how Jasmine is doing.

Best wishes for her,

Terri

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