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Treating Feline Renal Failure with Natural Remedies

Our cat has been diagnosed with Feline Chronic Renal Failure (Feline CRF) but so far we’ve managed to halt the disease with just a couple of natural supplements to her food.

BlueKittyIt started when we noticed that Blue, a 13-year old Russian Blue, was peeing all over the house. She had done this once before, almost 5 years ago, after we moved into a new house and she was too frightened to go to the bathroom outside, as she had done her whole life up until then. We set up a litter box but she would only use it some of the time.

That time, after we paid for a battery of tests to find out she was healthy, we found the answer in a helpful booklet by animal behaviorists. (Turned out she did not appreciate the flushable, biodegradable cat litter I had found. As soon as we switched to a different brand, the problem was solved.)

This time switching the kitty litter hadn’t worked. The vet said she had a bladder infection, so we put her on a round of antibiotics (now, there’s a recipe for a fun time!). That settles that, we thought.BlueInStroller

Wrong. She was continuing to pee around the house. It was almost bad enough to make you wish you didn’t own a cat.

She has feline chronic renal failure, the vet said, looking at her blood work. She just can’t hold it long enough to get to the litter box all the time and she’s dehydrated because her kidneys are starting to shut down. She will need subcutaneous fluid injections regularly, he warned, and a low protein diet can help.

She’s old and it will just be downhill from here, he said.


Some friends have shared with me that it was at this point in their cat’s saga that they simply decided to put the cat down. I wasn’t ready to take that step yet, even though I’ve promised the kids can get a dog when the cat dies.

I refused to believe there was nothing more I could do for her — or for us, who were dealing with finding cat pee all over the house.

I got online to do some research. I found the rec for the low protein/low salt/low phosphorus diet to reduce the amount of waste processed by the kidneys, and also a suggestion to increase the wet food to dry food ratio, giving her more moisture with her food. That made sense since dehydration stresses the kidneys, too.

The vet had prescribed Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d for kidney health. At first it gave her diarrhea, but we integrated it into her old food and gradually switched her over completely. She’s happy because she’s getting a lot more wet food than she used to get.

But there had to be something else I could do to help her. What would I do if she were a human? I wanted to support and nourish her systems.

Kitty Probiotics
I found some probiotics for pets at Vitamin Cottage and began opening a capsule onto her food at dinner. She doesn’t seem to mind the powder and eats it right up.

The probiotics help her body recover from the antibiotics and nurture overall health through digestive health. She seems to have an overall sense of wellbeing these days, and a spring in her step.

Cranberry for Urinary Tract Health
Even more than probiotics, though, I wanted to help support her kidneys and bladder. Cranberries are great for solving chronic bladder and urinary tract infections, and help keep the kidenys clean, I thought, but how do you get cranberries into a cat?

That’s when I found the CatBerry cranberry treats for kitties. She gets two at snack time at mid-morning every day.

If she acts fussy, she’ll get a regular kitty treat alongside the cranberry, and that usually gets her to eat them both.

The result?

The kitty is back to using her litterbox and we are all happier for it.

Hooray! I feel like trumpeting it from the rooftops!

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  6. I’m so sorry to hear about your kitty, Michelle. Thanks for the advice, though, as we walk down this path with Blue. I agree, too, that getting them to eat, whatever that takes, is crucial. Luckily, our kitty accepts the low-protein food and likes it.

    And, of course, I’m thrilled to hear you’re enjoying Glorious One-Pot Meals, too! 🙂

  7. We put our old kitty down last summer for kidney failure. But she lived two years longer than normal as they were failing, so thought I’d tell you what we did. She got a bad acidic taste in her mouth from this and wouldn’t be able to eat, so we gave her reglan to calm stomach twice a day and she could eat. As it progressed our vet showed us how to give her fluid bags at home, administering a little every 3, then ever other, then every day. You seem well prepared and more educated on this illness, but I did begin to feel that when her appetite diminished, any food that she would consume (even fancy feast) was better than nothing.
    The vet said to trust my instincts on how long to keep her alive, but I now regret that I didn’t put her down several months sooner, because I suspect she began to feel pain and hunger but was unable to even let us know. The last couple of months she mostly slept in my open drawer (her favorite little crow’s nest.)
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