Forum * Login   * Register
* FAQ    * Search    * Archives   


It is currently Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:11 pm | All times are UTC [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Chronic Renal Failure Antidotes
PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:49 pm 
Offline
Kitten Class
Kitten Class
User avatar

Joined: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:29 pm
Posts: 23
Points on hand: 185.00 Persian Points
Hi Everybody

Just wanted to share some info that might help the CRF cats out there~

Needed supplies:

http://www.felinecrf.org/cheap_supplies_usa.htm

Also Stinging Nettle Seeds have proven to remove Creatine from the Blood~

http://www.herbcraft.org/nettles%20oats%20and%20you.pdf

Product which include Stinging Nettle SEeds:

https://www.wellvet.com/cgi-bin/commerc ... &key=REND4

http://www.seedbloc.com/product/stingin ... -seed-pack

http://www.newsun.net/upgrade/product_i ... cts_id=544

Other Traditional Chinese Medicine remedies include formulas which treat Kidney Yin insufficiency and Acupuncture/ Acupressure~

https://www.wellvet.com/cgi-bin/commerc ... n&key=LIU2

http://www.petremedycharts.com/Cat%20Ch ... harts.html

I myself also use these herbs, which are available for purchase over the counter at a wholefoods store near you or online:

Milk Thistle (liver support/ immune system)

Slippery Elm (GI Tract / Colon)

Burdock (REMOVES UREA FROM THE BLOOD !!)

Astralagus (immune support, "adaptogen" herb, popular in chinese medicine)

Ashwaganda (treats Anemia! + immune system)

I give these in Adult servings to the Cat, no half teaspoons or anything, he gets exactly what it says to give on the bottle, which works very well. I have the fabulous blood tests to prove it !! Thse herbs in particular are safe and are tonics, they are not "clearing" herbs that you would only give for 7 days or less such as something else more contraversial like Senna, for example (note: do not give senna --lol )

Also : do not give Aloe by mouth, it is toxic to cats. IF you want a good laxative, try 1 tbs olive oil + 1 tbs sardine oil + 1 tbs Ghee (clarified butter) mixed with a bit of cat food so the cat doesnt know he is getting medicine. You should see results in 12-18 hours.

Ghee is also recommended to help pets put weight on if they are losing weight in a drastic way, without interfering with protein issues.

Acupressure for Kidney Desease:

http://www.animalacupressure.com/Page.aspx?ID=185

This product claims that 90% of cats in a 2 year study on kidney desease were CURED! (WOW)

http://www.renavast.com/order-now


And dont forget the Phosphate Binder~

http://www.petfooddirect.com/Product/16 ... al-Powder#

I hope these small details can help you to bring you cat back to the recovery of health, given by the creator. I read my cats Psalm 91 and Psalm 103 +104, also, when we get sad.

Best Wishes :cat:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Chronic Renal Failure Antidotes
PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:52 pm 
Offline
Best in Color
Best in Color
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:47 pm
Posts: 4460
Points on hand: 3,595.00 Persian Points
Thank you,

even though it is waht everyone wants to avoid this is a lot of help.

Birgit

_________________
Image

Flight Captain Tango says: I am getting the plane ready for a new trip, where do we go next mom?


Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Chronic Renal Failure Antidotes
PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:34 pm 
Offline
Best in Breed
Best in Breed
User avatar

Joined: Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:32 pm
Posts: 7974
Points on hand: 1,490.00 Persian Points

Location: California, USA
Very interesting list. And there's a couple that I haven't tried and will now check out.

A couple minor things to add:

Slippery Elm -- also works well for advanced CRF cats if they develop mouth ulcers

Azodyl -- a blend of probiotics which work in the intestine to help reduce toxins.

_________________
Image
"If a homeless cat could talk, it would probably say,
'Give me shelter, food, companionship and love,
and I will be yours for life!' "
- Susan Easterly


Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Chronic Renal Failure Antidotes
PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:02 pm 
Offline
Best in Breed
Best in Breed
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:08 am
Posts: 8982
Points on hand: 10.00 Persian Points

Location: Dallas, TX
Thanks VERY much for all this information!

_________________
Image

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Chronic Renal Failure Antidotes
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:38 am 
Offline
Kitten Class
Kitten Class
User avatar

Joined: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:29 pm
Posts: 23
Points on hand: 185.00 Persian Points
:heart:

hi, ok a few more details~

If the cat is anerexic, it may be because of excess stomach acid. In this case it is critical to feed the cat by mouth with a syringe so that "fatty liver desease" does not ensue. Milk Thistle is an extremely potent antidote against fatty liver desease and also a good treatment for food poisoning or tremors. A mix of Milk Thistle and Slippery Elm Bark (caps) with some canned cat milk from Pet Smart are the First Aid for Anerexia until you can figure out what to do next. Also, give the cat a Pepcid AC, ground up in a small amount of heated milk with a mortar and pestal. Try to give this on an empty stomach (shouldnt be hard if the cat is vomiting) and this may stop the vomiting and also allow the cat to eat.

Pepcid Ac costs about 10$ at Rite Aid and it is not a presrciption. Its perfectly safe and even recommended for cats, in this type of situation.

Further if the cat is vomiting and is still anerexic after you give the Pepcid AC, you may have to give additional helpers to let it be able to digest the food, since it is possible at that point that the "freindly flora" in the stomach and G I Tract may have been damaged or removed. Go to a Whole Food store near you and look in the freezer section for a "critical" Probiotic with as many strains of freindly bacteria in it as possible. What is the difference? Well, "critical" is for when you are recovering from food poisoning, the others are just when you are constipated. They may sell them with as many as 200 Billion cultures per serving. That is awesome! Go for it! To explain: if I swallow a peice of wood , it will go in as wood and come out as wood because I dont have the digestive enzymes to break down cellulose. (note: do not swallow wood--lol ) that is the problem in this situation also. The freindly bacteria provide enzymes to break down the food.

Also recommended: Saccharomyces Boulardii Yeast available for 5$ at Swanson

Only Natural Pet has some good products also, including a Kidney Support that is very heavy on the immune stimulent ingrediants. If your pet has ulcers or an abcess, using this product may save you a trip to the vet........

http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/ ... 48017.aspx

http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/ ... 99178.aspx

Their Astralagus Product~

http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/ ... 05002.aspx

According to "A Handbook of Chinese Healing Herbs " by Daniel Reid, Astralagus treats cancer and HIV, it is such a powerful immune agent. It is reputed by the chinese to treat the "6 Evils" , listed here at the Sacred Lotus site, which explains alot of Chinese Formulas (for people) and Acupuncture that match.

http://www.sacredlotus.com/theory/illne ... alzheimers

You can also try adding supplements that you buy for yourself, which come in caps, that can be added to the Cat's food in the same way as the herbs. Namely :

L- Glutamine Powder (an amino acid given to critically ill people in the hospital to prevent their organs from failing. It also is given to infants to prevent morbidity. And in this case, it is sold to body builders to prevent stiffness after working out, since it scavanges the blood for ammonia. This prevents pain during and after the workout. Try it ! Its great stuff! Vitacost.com also offers their supplements for up to 75% off........)

http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-l-glutamine-powder

And L Acetyl Cysteine powder; also an extremely powerful anti-oxidant amino acid, which removes heavy metals and poisons and prevents cancer..........

http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-n-acet ... 0-capsules

NOTE: DO NOT GIVE THE CAT ANYTHING BEFORE YOU HAVE GOOGLED IT FIRST. For example; go to the ASPCA site first, to see if its on their toxin list ! Dont jump to conclusions! Also, if you dont know what some of these chinese herbs are and you cant get the guy at the shop to tell you, dont buy them. They may be OK for people, but be toxic to cats. "An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure" as my grandma used to say.......

Vitacost also sells the herbs already listed at a very reasonable price...........

Slippery Elm Bark

http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-slippery-elm-bark

Milk Thistle

http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-milk-t ... andardized

Schizandra (treats the kidney, is safe for cats; is often included in formulas)

http://www.vitacost.com/solaray-schizan ... capsules-1

Astralagus

http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-astrag ... capsules-1

Ashwaganda

http://www.vitacost.com/planetary-herba ... -tablets-1

Others commonly recommended and included in formulas are :

Rehmannia ~ Lowers the blood sugar, builds marrow, promotes muscle growth

Broomrape ~ daily tonic good for urinary tract

Dandylion ~ Detoxifier

Ginsing ~ treats exhaustion, anemia, diabetes

You might consider building up a home "First Aid Kit" which includes Herbs but also such useful devices as :

Cat Thermometer, Penicillin Shot (and antidote if you are worried about an allergic reaction).......people who's cats are prone to mouth ulcers may consider keeping Penicillin on the premises, rather than have to go to the vet in the case of an abcess) and of course the Cat Enema. Also include some rubbing alcohol for sterlizing stuff, got have that. Otherwise things get gross.

Note that the brand called "Pet Ema Feline" is alot closer to the CORRECT SIZE to fit into the cat's behind than the generic "pet enima's" that are sold on the internet.

http://www.vetdepot.com/pet-ema-feline-125-mg-6-ml.html

And once you use the stool softener they have in it, you can clean it with alcohol and re fill it with mineral oil or herbs or whatever. People have various theories about what best to use. Sometimes warm water is all you need. Unless the cat has a really drastic case of dried out mega-colon, mostly you just need a spritz to get it going again in the right direction. Be sure to lube up with vaseline, also--lol :(

Its really hard to find a good laxative, but Lactulose has a good reputation. It is prescription only, so ask for it by name from your vet. It has the additional property of scavanging the blood for ammonia and thus is thought to additionally help treat any liver complaints......

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/p ... atid=10022

Here is a very comprehensive site warning against certain practices in regard to constipation:

(note that Senna is expressly forbidden)

http://www.felineconstipation.org/acutetreatment.html

Also, beware that Mirazapine causes high blood pressure. (Given to cats suffering from Anerexia as an appetite stimulent) You may ask "does it cause side effects " and the vet will say no. However, it DOES cause high blood pressure. Normally that is not life threatening, but what if you have not had your cat tested for a Thyroid condition? Then you dont technically KNOW whether this side effect could be life threatening or not?! So, unless you have had a full batter of tests done and you are sure that it is not a threat, becareful. Mirazapine given to cats with high blood pressure from thyroid conditions causes STROKE. And, even if your cat doesnt have a Thyroid condition (officially) often kidney conditions will come with high blood pressure also, so be extra careful and err on the side of caution.

http://www.prescriptiondrug-info.com/Di ... 174426.htm

You may want to consider a water filter for your home so that your cats are not exposed to any "accidental" heavy metal poisons. These usually cost about 40$ on average.

http://www.pure-earth.com/fluoride-water-filters.htm

http://www.highwaterfilters.com/Fluorid ... p/FL-1.htm

Finally, I just want to mention that St Francis of Assisi is the "Patron Saint of Dometicated Animals" as well as Ecology and the Patron Saint of Italy!

So for those who are in the greiving process over the loss of their companion, or who want to turn to a Saint for intercession in Prayer, he is your man. He was a famous Exorcist who lived in the 12th Century in the city of Assisi. The story of his life was made even more legendary by the paintngs of Giotto, a well known artist of the period, who did an epic number of portraits from stories of his life........of exorcisms, but: also, St Francis recieved the "Stigmata" (wounds of the cross) and before that happened, he had a number of celestial visions, which Giotto recounted.

http://www.monasterygreetings.com/produ ... Pilgrimage

Here is a medal your cat can wear:

http://www.monasterygreetings.com/prod_ ... can_Medals

If you have some faith in the church anyway, why not ask for protection for your pets, who are under your care?

Best Wishes, :flower:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Chronic Renal Failure Antidotes
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:19 pm 
Offline
Best in Color
Best in Color
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:04 am
Posts: 3279
Points on hand: 2,115.00 Persian Points

Location: Minnesota
Some good info here. I wish I had tried some of this with my late Gabby Kitty

_________________
Image Image


Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  
Click the icon to see the image in fullscreen mode  


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Chronic Renal Failure Antidotes
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:09 am 
Offline
Kitten Class
Kitten Class
User avatar

Joined: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:29 pm
Posts: 23
Points on hand: 185.00 Persian Points
:P

Its good that you can use the info~ it makes me sad that cats die of this desease. And people feel helpless when the vet gives the diagnosis and they assume that its an automatic death sentance, which is sometimes unfortunate, but I will tell you this: using just Ashwaganda, Burdock, Astralagus, milk thistle, Slippery Elm Bark + the probiotics, I have completely turned a blood test around in 1 weekend. Like from BUN 130 to BUN 6. Those herbs work.

Just so everybody knows, also, this should definatly be done while using Saline Drip. The Vet always says to do it in a clinic or hospital, but I think this is much better done at home. And it can be used as a preventative measure, if the cat is on the cusp of something and you want to stop whatever it is from running its course. So if you are considering doing a Saline Drip at home and dont want to try it because you are shy, please consider the consequences to your cats life...........

My personal feeling is that its always better to do these things at home, for the sake of the cat's health and wellness. Its really a shock to the system to be at a Vet even for an hour. Leaving the cat there for a weekend seems like a very bad idea, if it can possibly be avoided. Surrounded by strangers? without all the familiar reassurances of home, like blankets, music, etc? That in itself might scare the cat into some sort of shock. Kidney problems in TCM (traditional chinese medicine) are associated with the emotion of fear. So, its probably not a good idea to make it any worse than it has to be for the patient.

Also, with regards to giving enemas: this is even more true. Cats have a physiological responce to enema's of vomiting. When done at home, carefully by "mom" or a gardian, the vomiting may not happen at all, or it may wait until the following day, with a delayed responce. However for Enema's at the vet's, there are very common stories about how the cat gets so scared that it dies from vomiting while having the enema (under anesthesia). I guess you can make a case for a certain psychological logic to that also. Think about it ~ you could see it from the fear based point of veiw that being handled in that way is a bit like torture (with a vomit responce).

NOTE, however, that vomiting + enemas = dehydration! So it is very important if somebody is going to gently and carefully administer an enema at home, that they have Saline Drip on hand to give immidiatly for the sake of rehyrdrating! Otherwise, you might end up in the vet's anyhow, from emergancy crash from dehydration.

I was thinking about how you would administer an enema to a very small cat, since some Persian cats are remarkably small, like the Teacup size. I think you could do it using one of the more diminutive syringes intended for GI Tract stabilisation........or you could find a very small catheter tube and hook it up to a syringe. THat would work also.

I wanted to point out that the syringes typically given out by the vet or for sale at the Petstore are not the right size for cats. They are either way way way too small (intended for medicines which should be administered in 10 ml doses) or they are intended for dogs, who have a long snout. An ideal size and shape of syringe for feeding a cat should have a short blunt nose and be either 30 ml or 60 ml.

Example 30 ml :

http://www.dmesupplygroup.com/10392800. ... nQodq0AAtQ

box of 20 syringes at 60 ml :

http://www.dmesupplygroup.com/56014620.html

On average, the 60 ml is what I use, since it holds about 1/4 of a can of cat food. If you give less than that of milk and herbs (maybe half a syringe) thats no problem. But its nice to be able to give the full 60 ml of a 2 syringe feeding of about a half a can (plus mixed with herbs and ghee or whatever) at a time. Its convienent for you and the cat prefers to get everything at once rather than long protracted messy feedings with a small syringe. The snub nose is considerably more practical to use when administering food to a cat, although I suppose it wouldnt work at all for a dog. Having the right snub nose shape will cut down on mouth sores. :shock:

Also, in my list of herbs from Vitacost for some reason I left out Burdock, which is odd, since its rather important........

heres a Pet Alive remedy which includes Burdock and Dandylion~

http://www.petherbsdirect.com/kidney-su ... p-260.html

A few things about this product~ first of all, it seems kind of expensive for the amount of fluid (50ml) you are getting. Also, it must taste awful, because Dandylion is extremely bitter to the taste. I would compare it to really strong lemonade without any sugar. Plus the other ingrediant is Cleavers which is a very strong diuretic. The problem is that when you add up alot of diuretics, eventually you have too many. So limiting the diuretics is probably better. Dandylion is also a diuretic, but its got laxative and antioxidant properties which really make it a convincing medicine to use. Cleavers seems a bit over the top, in my opinion, since you dont want to give to strong of a diuretic to an animal that is already passing copious amounts of urine.

My intuition is that the fact it includes Cleavers is "why" its such a small bottle. They figured they would make it small so the diuretic part wouldnt seem so bad. But unfortunatly that is simply not the correct ratio of herbs to make the cat well. You should use copious amounts of Burdock, small amounts of Dandylion (with food only so you cant taste it) and zero Cleavers.

ERgo: I would not buy this product. I would take my 40$ + tax and shipping and spend it on over the counter bottles of capsules of herbs that I know I can administer in greater doses myself through the syringe. At 10$ each from a local Wholefoods store you could buy 4 bottles of Herbs, including Burdock, Milk Thistle, Slippery Elm, Ashwaganda, Schizandra, Astralagus, Dandylion, etc. And those stores will last for weeks, out of a bottle of caps. This 50ml formula wont go far or do much good, in my judgement.

For any of these herbs, besides the links I have listed, you can simply put the name into the search function on Vitacost and get a whole variety of products.......here is the search results for Burdock:

http://www.vitacost.com/productResults. ... tt=burdock

Also, as you may already know, cats should not have these items, which are often sold (paradoxically) in products aimed at cats! But which are really just re-marketed products forumlated for dogs.... Cats should not ingest: Peppermint, Cinnamon, Garlic, Onions, Aloe.......also, licorice and horsetail are not toxic but cause high blood pressure, so it might be worth avoiding those, also. You should look for the seal of the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) on all Plaque Oral Health products also.

if you are using a laxative or any product that says "May Lower Potassium Levels" make sure to use it in extreme moderation or else be prepared to follow up with a Saline Drip within 48 hours.

This site gives an explanation of some of the more "dangerous" possible side effects of herbal laxatives........I think it might be overkill with the description of Psillium, since that is widely used without any problems, but if you are worried; people also give their cats metamucil (from what I gather) and it works the same. My personal opinion is that if something is "stuck" in you colon, you dont put heavier and heavier things in there with it --lol . so I wouldnt use psillium on those grounds, basically. Doesnt seem logical. But : the dangers of over use of stimulent herbal laxatives is a real danger. People who abuse these end up dependant on them for life, with all sorts of horror stories....

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/heal ... ngredients

Fennel is given in laxatives to prevent the pain from cramping, also. If you are desperate, you might consider hot baths, which may actually trigger a stool right then and there in the bath. Hey, baths are relaxing--lol and thats s good thing :lol:

The Vet Manual gives a short summary of different types of laxatives...........I think the lubricant type (for hairballs) with mineral oil works best, used in conjunction with Slippery Elm Bark. But go easy on it, since it messes up the Electrolytes if not taken in moderation and you are in trouble if you dont have a Saline Drip on hand.........

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index ... 190308.htm
:?

If at all possible, seeing an Acupuncturist to help with these matters might clear up some of the ambiguity; different types of laxatives are characterised by the 5 Elements of Taoist medicine, so there would be a certain continuity to using a laxative which corrisponds to the diagnosis of exactly whatever kitty ends up being treated for............

I would be interested in hearing about anybody elses experiances with Acupuncture to treat CRF?

Best Wishes~

:paw:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Chronic Renal Failure Antidotes
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:58 pm 
Offline
Open Class
Open Class

Joined: Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:37 pm
Posts: 53
Points on hand: 75.00 Persian Points
Hi,

what a very informative thread. Can it be stored/archived somewhere for easy reference in the future?
Please, please, please!

I had a cat with CRF. He was 2 when it all started. At the vet clinic they gave him between 3 weeks and 3 months.
His kidneys were only 30% active.
"He'll not be around for years" they told me.

My Melchior got special food and Nutritonic (Lezpedeza and someting else), a herbal remedy for cats with kidney insufficiency. And I had a alternative vet teach
me on how to administer him subQ fluids.
I also took him to a veterinary osteopath.
It worked wonders, really! His ureum & creatinine fell drastically and he was symptom free for... 3 years.

Then he had another crisis.
I had promised him when he came out of the vet clinic the first time that we wouldn't go through that again.
He became so weak in a few days time. He was where he started some 3 years earlier.
Kidneys don't regenerate like a liver. He would maybe stabilize, but at a much lower life-quality level.
So we let him go. I remember looking at him when he was put to sleep. He still looked quite OK.
For a moment I thought I did the wrong thing.
But then.... he went with dignity.
I have tried to drag another kitty through years earlier and when she died, there was almost nothing left of her.
I didn't want to put a cat through that again.

I hope to never have to face CFR again from so close... and I have deep respect for the humans that
engage on that emotional roller coaster. But in the end, it is worth it, because you can beat the odds and
give your furbaby much longer of a high quality life than is thought.

Thanks for sharing this!

_________________
Myriam & The Ms


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Chronic Renal Failure Antidotes
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:07 am 
Offline
Kitten Class
Kitten Class
User avatar

Joined: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:29 pm
Posts: 23
Points on hand: 185.00 Persian Points
Yes I have also got a few more links.........which are comprehensive summary's. To save them, I suggest you just click on each link then save it as a book mark in an appropriately labled folder.

I have had a couple of cats get sick and my mother inevitably always makes the comment "why dont you just let it die"? and I have seen that comment written on other message boards. Besides being a shocking thing to say (as I always repeat to my mother, when she says it) I dont believe I am the only one that takes the veiw that you shouldnt jump to fatal conclusions. Notably many pet insurance companies will not cover euthanasia, since it is is a little too "popular" of a choice which is often made without knowing what the treatment options realitically are.

Granted that in some cases it is called for.......I mean, nobody is immortal, so its a matter of choosing your poison (my dad's favorite phrase--lol my parents have quite a marraige, as you can imagine) My personal philosophy is that God gave us life. Why not cherish it, if possible?

I recommend verses 27-30 of Psalm 104, with regard to the lives of animals. I mean, obviously most people who go to church know about how Jesus raised the dead ~ healed lepers, the blind, the lame, etc. And was resurrected. This is all well known and clearly a metaphor for the importance of life. But what about animals?

Philosophically, can you take the leap from the importance of human life, to that of animals? These verses, in Psalm 104 talk about the "Breath of Life" given by the Creator! And specifically, with regard to animals and to creation! So its not out of the question to pray to the Creator and ask for the Breath of Life, quoting these verses. The Psalm 104 mostly talks about the various aspects of creation, praising the handiwork of the creator.............I like to read portions to my cats. Specifically verses 19-25, 27-28, and especially verse 30. "But when thou breathest into them they recover; thou givest new life to the earth".

That is a good time to make specific petitions for healing, regarding ailments, in the prayer time. We have a list of ailments we go through at that time and we ask God for mercy. Seems to help. It definatly makes everybody feel better.

Here is a list of Research Papers that recount the important aspects of Feline Illness; in particular I found those regarding Chronic Renal Failure (also in Geriatric Cats, toward the bottom) and Hyperthyroid to be enlightening. The section explaining Blood Work is a must-read...........

http://zimmer-foundation.org/sch.html

This set of articles gives persuasive statistics for the use of Renal Diets. If your cat is not on a Renal Diet, you should certainly consider it! Studies show they double life span in CRF cats. All that stuff about 'raw' food really only applies to healthy cats, unfortunatly.

Here are some good types for CRF cats:

http://www.petfooddirect.com/Product/55 ... t-For-Cats

http://www.petfooddirect.com/Product/78 ... d-Cat-Food

They should have high calories but not high protein. One doesnt equal the other. Basically, if you use Ghee, that ought to really help in this regard. Try getting some Ghee (clarified butter) and add about 2 Tbsp's to each 1 can of Renal Prescription Can food. That will help combat weight loss, without messing up your protein issues. As it mentions in the articles on Geriatric CRF cats, they prefer this because its easier to digest and it tastes good. And it really does! :) Be sure to melt it and mix it appropriately. It can (and should) be added to syringe feeding.

I found Tanya's Explanation of Anemia to be very helpful also~

http://www.felinecrf.org/anaemia.htm

The question is: how bad are the Packed Cell Volume Numbers (as noted on the Blood Panel explanation paper) .............and is the problem "nonregenerative"?

This Ashwaganda product for pets claims in the product description, to treat Feline Nonregenerative Anemia, including a testimonial to that effect, someone left on this particular website, although this product includes that description where ever it is sold~

http://www.acuatlanta.net/ayush-herbs-a ... 59161.html

And, pets (especially thin CRF cats) need a jacket and maybe some pajamas, more than your average kitty. This last week I took advantage of the holiday sales at PETCO and got a whole bunch of the arctic style down jackets that are discounted right now:

http://www.petco.com/shop/searchresults ... tt=jackets

If your cat has Anemia, you need this! The poor thing is probably freezing! By the way~ Ashwaganda helps to lower blood pressure also, not just treat the production of hemmoglobin. 2 for 1 --lol :)

Heres some of the jackets I bought at PETCO recently:

http://www.petco.com/product/119958/Pet ... SiteSearch

http://www.petco.com/product/120085/Pet ... SiteSearch

The plaids are very handsome and well made and a good price point.....................

I also make my cats wear hoodies (with the hood tucked under, so it doesnt go over their eyes)

http://www.petco.com/product/114319/Ruf ... SiteSearch

The CREW turtle neck is a must have for one of my cats who constantly scratches his ears and neck, to the point where he's starting to have a bald spot--lol (he has multiples of this type, which suit him very well. They dont really cover his behind much so if you were worried about that, he might need a velcro type coat, like the plaid ones, which go on over the turtle neck quite nicely and cover the bum area from chilly breezes)

http://www.petco.com/product/120082/Pet ... SiteSearch

Just click on the menu at the top where it says DOG BOUTIQUE ~ all the sizes are standard, so your cat will fit into them just as easily according the Small, Medium, Large and XL sizing. (XL cat? maybe not--lol but, a Large will fit a Male Persian who weighs about 12-15lbs, Medium will also fit the large cat, but can fit onto a more reasonably sized 8lb Male, etc)

Or go to the "Dog" section and click on "Apparel" and the corrisponding Size you need, such as Large~

Here is that list, which includes 7 pages of yummy sweaters and other goodies~

http://www.petco.com/N_22_149_30_5908/D ... &cmrefpf=1

My experiance is that cats dont like booties, or head coverings, or hoods. However they are oK with layers. YOu can put a Tshirt on, then a collared velcro coat that just fastens under the chin and belly. Maybe leave it at that. Or put on a sweater. Or put on a sweater and a jacket with a velcro zip front (maybe for sleeping, if the cat likes to wander around in the middle of the night when its 40 degrees, trying to find the litter box or whatever)

In my experiance, these Petco dog outfits wash perfectly well in the washing machine. They do need to be changed since they sometimes get dirty, so dont leave it on the cat longer than a day or so. Plus persian cats need to be brushed pretty regularly anyway so you wont want to leave it on there so as to prevent matting. On a related subject, I also recommend products with ARGAN OIL for persians. Especially the leave-in-conditioner type of Argan products, it makes their fur absolutely non-mattable, or at least, considerably improves problem fur. I your CRF cat has thinning fur due to Anemia, thats a good solution which is easy to come by.

But back to the subject of meds for CRF cats.....................


Some of the other remedies recommended by Tania's website and also discussed in the CRF section of the papers link, are Potassium Gluconate, Calcitrol and Phoshate Binders.

Notably though: these can be contra-indicated by either using them all at once and poisoning the cat with side effects or additives (such as Calcium, which are used in both Calcitrol and some Phosphate binders MAY be a "cause" of CRF in the first place, so definatly to be avoided)

http://www.vetdepot.com/renal-k-potassi ... 00-gm.html

Dont just order these without discussing the blood work with the vet and really looking hard at the contents of the Proscription Diet and other things the cat may be taking. Another potential source of Calcium poisoning is from Lactulose, which is a laxative which is extremely popular. If you look under the section on Feline Toxins, in the papers, you will also find the active ingrediant in Miralax listed as causing serious blood disorders which may cause or worsen anemia.

As a side note: Virgin Coconut Oil has been recommended to me as a laxative which is completely nutritionally sound. Maybe try that? if you use more than a teaspoon it makes your pet's stool to be "loose", which for some people is a problem but obviously if you are going from one laxative to the next trying to figure this situation out, that might be a desired quality --lol

This article on Long Term Care of CRF cats by a Manhattan Vet is very informative and includes statistics and studies on the importance of Renal Prescription Diets:

http://www.manhattancats.com/Articles/CRF.html

I should also mention that most cat's must have a B Complex Vitamin. People debate which B Vit is the best one? B 5? B 12? I would say really really read through Tanya' s site, since she gives some precise recommendations for this and also gives a review of the infamous "Renavast" product, based on her freinds who report their individual anecdotal findings, on her CRF Yahoo Group. Apparently sometimes it helps and othertimes it doesnt, so it may depend on what stage of CRF you are facing and some other symptomatic variables.

I would strongly recommend that everybody get a copy of the KVPET.COM free catalog !! Mine just came in the mail this weekend and I have been going over it with a magnifying glass--lol Its got alot of these CRF products and alot of prescription products, that are easy to order all in one place! That includes Saline Drip sets, the right type of snub nose 60 ml syringes (and many others also), a whole section on cats and a whole section on "Nutritionals" which really run the gamut of various conditions. I have used KVPETS.COM to order Calorie Supplements and some other things and I find the Catalog alot easier to read than their website.

Best Wishes for the Holiday Season..........

:paw: :paw: :paw: :paw:


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 

It is currently Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:11 pm | All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Registered users: No registered users


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Twitter iconFacebook iconGoogle icon
Pinterest iconYahoo! icone-mail icon