Kidney disease in a young cat

CatMom1994

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Obviously giving her quality food is impossible. She will start taste-testing Hill's k/d tomorrow.

Because Daisy's only symptom is occasional vomiting (which was partially digested kibbles today), I don't think I should be worrying about her all the time. It is not like she feels uncomfortable - her appetite is still normal.
 

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Obviously giving her quality food is impossible. She will start taste-testing Hill's k/d tomorrow.
It's not impossible, even though she needs a special food. Something like what Linda recommended is a much higher quality than Hills.
 

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Alpha, when I was researching wet foods for Patricia, I could see the probem is all commercial diets are too high in phosphorus. I need to email all of the good pet food makers who don't list the amount of phosphorus on their labels before even talking about possibly feeding her something we like.
 
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How should I start this? Daisy has not eaten Science Diet since she was 6 months old, but did like the kitten formula.
 

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I confirmed Daisy's ultrasound appointment. The email indicates she will be put to sleep because it has instructions to withhold food after 10:00. I told Mom about it and she said that is just in case Daisy needs to be anesthetized; normally fasting is unnecessary. What should I do?
 

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The instructions also say to withhold water after 7:00 a.m. even though her appointment time is three hours later. I will drop her off at 9:30.

Keeping my paws crossed the cause can be found on the sonogram. Even if it does not affect treatment, I need to solve the mystery.

Luckily Daisy will eat the dry k/d with Blue Wildernessb and wet k/d with Blue Freedom. I am mixing half and half of each now.
 
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Sounds good about the eating, good luck with the results of the sonogram.
 

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This time I will go with Mom to the appointment because Daisy needs to be there two hours later.

I am hoping Daisy has a treatable infection. If that is the case, she can improve to Stage 2.
 

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I stirred half of half of her wet food again today. She ate some of it, no problems. However, I am still concerned eating Hill's k/d exclusively will not be welcome. I will start feeding her Blue Wilderness chicken treats every day to make sure Daisy gets some real chicken if she likes them.
 

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Mom had to use a broom to shoo Daisy out from behind the couch after we looked everywhere else. She knew what was happening.

The estimated pickup time was 12:30 because another cat was also scheduled to have an ultrasound. It was very frustrating to wait until 1:25 and then only hear the same thing I already did: she was probably born with bad kidneys. I wanted the vet to say an exact diagnosis.

Sadly the current prognosis is two years of quailty life if she only eats Hill's k/d. I adopted a kitten thinking I can't keep losing cats every five years because Emily died in 2006, Wilbur died in 2011, and Patricia died in 2016. Well, it sounds like the pattern will continue because Daisy is 3.
 
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CatMom1994

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I wish I could talk to people who went through this before. Of course nobody I know had a 3-year old cat with CRF. There is one feline CRF forum, but I have been there before and if anyone talked about young shelter cats, I did not see those threads. It does not help to read about senior cats. Most cats with no symptoms are in Stage 1, but Daisy is already in Stage 3 and her only visible symptom is occaional vomiting. The vet said she's not sick and I agree with him.
 

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Does anyone have ANY idea how I can stop thinking Daisy has only two years left to live? I need help NOW! The disease is not reversible and at 3 years old, she is going to die young if nobody outside of my home and vet's office can help me do what I need to do. I have nowhere else to go to get support. There is no other reason for me to keep posting on this forum anymore, just Daisy's problem, if people actually respond.
 
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Hey Catmom, I don't usually come to the cat section because I don't have one and don't know much about them, but for some reason I clicked on your "Daisy Update" when I was posting about getting a urine sample from my dog. Your post caught my interest since my dog recently was diagnosed with kidney disease so I came back to read your posts mor throughly.

Sorry this is happening to your kitty so early in life, that must be tough, my chihuahua is 14 so has approached the average lifespan of a dog but it would still be hard for me if the vet told me she only had a couple of more years left, he didn't say that and I didn't ask. You asked if anyone knows how you can stop thinking that Daisy has only 2 years left, well you don't know that for sure and neither does the vet, she might live longer and maybe she will, life is uncertain for everyone of us, we don't know what tomorrow will bring so we need to be happy for each day we get to live with our loved ones, including the furry ones.


By the way have you considered feeding Daisy a homemade diet for kidney disease? I'm having the delema of whether going with the hills prescript k/d for my dog or going homemade. It just so happened when my brother went to pick up the food from the vet, they were out of stock so I'm going homemade for now. who knows, maybe it will turn out to be better, I'm still trying to figure out the right ingredients. Anyway wishing you the best with Daisy.
 

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I hope Daisy gets better and you have her for a long time but like Mechi said "life is a terminal condition and no one gets out alive". Enjoy her for the time you have with her and be grateful for each day you have her.
 

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Thank you for your replies mechi and Linda.

I can't feed Daisy "real cat food" for many reasons, but do believe homemade is the best way for people who can do it. As it stands now, the best I can do is feed wet food 3 times in the day and 1/8 cup of kibbles at night (if I am lucky) to get more water in her body. Fortunately her weight hasn't dropped a bit so at least I don't have to worry about that.

I was just really scared at first that seeing "Kidney Care" labels on the cans and bags would be constant reminders Daisy's life will be short. But in the last few weeks that has not been a problem.
 

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She does not seem to be sick. It is just suddenly I find digested kibbles on the floor here and there.
 


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