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Mindy is 20 hasnt wanna to eat can food since Friday. She

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Mindy is 20 hasn't wanna to eat can food since Friday. She takes nibbles on kitten food but not enough to make me happy. She is in renal failure as we give her sub fluids weekly
Kitten food has too much protein for her old kidneys. What now. Have a 5P vet appt tonight
Thanks
Doreen
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 10 months ago.

Hi Doreen,

Thanks so much for requesting me. I am sorry Mindy is so ill

Many times cats in kidney failure feel very nauseated.

Try giving Mindy one quarter of a ten mg pepcid a/c (famotidine) in soft food.

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

Wait 20 minutes and try mild food like chicken or turkey baby food (no onion or garlic).Or see if she will eat a little boiled chicken breast.

I had the same thing with my old boy Alex so I cooked for him.I found he ate the best 20 minutes after his subQ because it hydrated him.

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.

You are correct, too much protein is not good for her.


I can give you several recipes that were formulated by Hills and
distributed to vets before Science diet was on the market. Royal canin makes a
very palatable renal food as well.I would cook a batch and then freeze it into portions to defrost daily.

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
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



Please let me know how she is doing.I will always be here for
you.I hope all will be well.



Best wishes,

Terri

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.

Good morning Terri,


Found out Mindy is in congestive heart failure now. They drain 7oz from both side and we now have to plan a dated to send her to meet her brother Sam at the bridge. You know it never gets easy just harder but 20 yrs of a good life she deserve the best love n send off we can give her. We will tale her back in Fri see how her kidney values are n another chest ultrasound. Thanks again

Expert:  Terri replied 10 months ago.

Dear Doreen

You are more than welcome. It was my pleasure to help someone as wonderful as you!
Bless you for giving Mindy and her brother such an awesome life!

I sympathize and empathize because my elderly baby also crossed the rainbow bridge.

Our furry children just do not live long enough...........

I am praying for dear Mindy....I hope medication can give her some more time in your loving care.

Thank you for your positive rating.

Love,

Terri

sending as an info request so you are not charged again*

Expert:  Terri replied 10 months ago.
Hi Doreen,
How is Mindy feeling?
I am following up to see how she is doing.

Warm regards,
Terri

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