kidney diagnosis

by john n
(chicago)

our older siamese were diagnosed both with kidney failure any suggestions on taking care of this or meds??

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Aug 05, 2016
Kidney disease NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, my cat Marley was diagnosed with kidney failure at 19. The vet showed me how to give her Sub Q fluids at home. It was scary to do it on my own the first few times, and I remembered I cried the first time because it was so emotional for me having to face this new reality in our lives. But it got to be so easy to do and right afterwards it made her feel great... She would perk up, play and go straight to her food bowl. The vet said she could live another year to year and a half with the fluids, but she ended up living 4 more years until she passed at almost 23! I was doing it everyday though. It was a commitment, but for me, SO worth it. That was some of the best years I had with her, and giving her the fluids really bonded us. She was pretty docile though and just sat there and looked at the floor and items in the bathroom Lol.
She wasn't a Siamese (I have a Siamese now), so not sure if a Siamese would fight it more. They do usually get used to it and she barely felt the needle since it goes in the thicker skin in the back of the neck. She did feel it more the last 6 months of her life, Im not sure why, but it wasn't so bad that she would jump out of my lap, or cry or anything. It pepped her up afterwards and she'd go directly to her food bowl, or get playful, so it was worth the pinch she felt for that split second. Also it only takes about 10-15 minutes once you get the hang of it. She did get a "jelly elbow" afterwards which was basically the fluid dropping down around the bottom of her elbow and it swung when she walked Lol. Best decision I ever made was to prolong her life with the fluids and those last 4 years we were the closest. Some people choose to not go that route so it's definitely a personal decision.Its a very humane procedure and some pet pharmacies over the Internet sold them for only $5 a bag (you can buy the needles and tubing separately. If you can't let your baby go yet, it really is a great thing. If I can do it, anyone can.
Ps. Make sure you push a little bit of the fluid through the tubing and out through the needle into the sink before you give it, so youll push out the air bubbles that collect in the tubing. Hugs to both of you, and anyone else going through this.

Aug 09, 2013
My cat Gizmo had kidney disease NEW
by: Jennifer

My cat Gizmo had kidney disease for 5 years! The Vet said that he was the longest kidney patient they have ever had at the Vet. If you saw him you would never know he was sick because he was very active and playful. His kidneys improved for a while and we could cut down his ivs from 3 days to 2 days a week.

Sadly, Gizmo went downhill fast when he got hyperthyroidism. The treatment for that made him kind of crazy (he hid is his litter box.) After his thyroid recovered, his kidneys failed. The Vet wanted to give him IVs directly into his arm but I said NO because he hated going to the Vet for the IVs in his neck. I had him put to sleep January 2012, he was 14 years old, which is young for a Siamese. That same year in May I put my 20 year old blue point Siamese, Mia to sleep...that was the WORST year of my life!

Jul 05, 2013
kidney diagnosis NEW
by: Carol in Michigan

We had a Siamese who was having kidney failure, and when we would notice that she acted fatigued, we took her to the vet, who gave her cat dialysis by injecting saline under the skin at her neck. That would perk her up. As her disease progressed and she needed it more often, at the suggestion of our vet, I would purchase saline bags at the vet's and we would inject her at home. That's when it got to be need a couple times a week. Much less expensive than having the vet do it, and more accessible.

It prolonged our cat's life, and she lived until twenty. She caught a mouse, in the basement, the night before she died. That was amazing!

Jul 03, 2013
Kidney trouble NEW
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry to hear that your cat has kidney trouble. I had a cat for 19 years that died of kidney trouble. He lived a few years after the vet told me of his kidney problem. I had to change his diet 'the vet can advise' and make sure they have lots of fresh water. I got a pet drinking fountain for my boy it helped make him drink more. There is lots of information on the internet so read up. Best of luck .

Jul 03, 2013
Kidney trouble NEW
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry to hear that your cat has kidney trouble. I had a cat for 19 years that died of kidney trouble. He lived a few years after the vet told me of his kidney problem. I had to change his diet 'the vet can advise' and make sure they have lots of fresh water. I got a pet drinking fountain for my boy it helped make him drink more. There is lots of information on the internet so read up. Best of luck .

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