Chronic Renal Failure or CRF is one of the most common age-related diseases in cats today. Chronic and progressive renal failure is usually associated with age, other diseases, and the environment. Diet can play a role. Chronic Renal Failure is always terminal, but with disease management, cats can live for many years after diagnosis.
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The most obvious sign of CRF in cats is excessive thirst, although there may be other symptoms, such as nausea, weight loss, constipation, and hair coat is generally poor. Laboratory testing is required to make a definitive diagnosis. Lab results will also give the vet a sense of how advanced CRF.
Diet and intravenous fluids are the most common therapies for cats with CRF. Dietary management means feeding a diet lower in protein, salt and phosphorous. Reducing these things will help the kidneys work better.
A lower protein diet takes few of the burden off the kidneys for filtering waste, as protein molecules tend to be larger and create a heavier burden on the kidney. The kidneys are involved in electrolyte balance so the lower sodium and lower phosphorus allows the kidneys to maintain this balance more easily.
Being properly hydrated allows the cat a general sense of well-being. Liquids also flush the kidneys, cleanses the body of toxins built.
There is an alternative medical treatment that may be helpful for cats with CRF. There are many holistic veterinarians who are eligible will be happy to consult with CRF cat owners. Specialized knowledge can guide the owner of the therapies most suited to the needs of their cat’s health and temperament.