We noticed our young, 4 year old indoor cat was losing weight and we took her to the vet only to discover after blood work that she is in kidney failure (she has not been exposed to any anti-freeze, is young and the vet could offer no reason for it). She has been still purring, trying to be her normal self (although she was a bit clingy and we thought something was wrong). We have gone ahead with fluids through IV, 2 days at the vet hospital and she is going to continue to be monitored with her blood work. All her other blood work values came back within the normal range (except for her red blood cell count) and they said it was not an infection (which sadly would have been easier to treat). What are the chances of recovery from this? We all love her very much, my two year old adores her and we thought we would try and save her. The vet said she has never seen kidney failure in a cat so young and could not give us a prognosis.
That is just devastating that such a young cat is in kidney failure. That usually affects kitties over the age of 7. I'm very sorry to hear that your kitty is going through this, and know how terrible you must be feeling.
Since she is dealing w/ this at such a young age, I'm wondering if she got into some of the nasty food that was recalled a few yrs back. I wish I could remember exactly which food it was, but I know it caused kidney problems in cats.
Maybe someone will be on shortly to jog my memory a bit to tell me which foods were affected by that old recall. Do you remember which foods your cat was on during her life? Or, what medicines she's been on(especially any human meds).
Please, check out the following sites. They are very good and will help you get some control back, give you some hope, and give your baby a good, happy life.
Thanks so much! She hasn't been on any medication in her life (human or feline ones) and she had dry food (science diet) but we switched to purina (a couple of years ago). I have since read that dry food is the cause of many kidney problems so I feel very guilt ridden and awful about it.
Please don't feel like you caused your cat's kidneys to fail! Yes, hard food is hard on the kidneys, but as young as your cat is, this shouldn't have happened at such a young age. I would expect kidney problems on a lifetime of a hard food diet in cats that are over the age of 7.....not a young 4 yr old.
Read those links that I sent you to and learn as much as you can. Then you'll be able to help you and your kitty feel better!
Thanks, I just feel bad that it could have been my fault with her diet and all. At this point, I am really just feeling terrible too that I didn't see it prior to this before it apparently got so bad. Thanks for the extra info too.
waiting this isn't your fault NO, like ZQ said, dry food is a big contributor to crf but I doubt would ever cause the problem certainly not in 4 yrs....and sometimes its really hard to recognize the signs until in advanced stages, don't beat yourself up, you are a loving responsible kitty mommy and we all just do our best.
here is a further link to the site ZQ gave....with treatment options if possible..
Thanks both of you. She seems to be doing excellent at the hospital today- she is eating well, not throwing up, is taking the fluids well, is alert, purring, walking around. Her blood pressure is now completely normal. I realize this may not indicate that her kidneys are fine, but hopefully flushing them out will help. It is very perplexing that such a young cat is suffering from this. We are changing her to the very best food that the vet is recommending and she will get meds too. I don't want to prolong her life if it is not going to be happy for her though, so I guess we'll have to take it day by day.
I experienced this like a storm hit on me. I also switched purina - diet dry food to my Pika. He was a fat cat. One day, my daughter said, "mum, that diet food really works but I think you need to stop it. Pika looks very very skinny now!"
After that, I stopped that purina-diet dry food. He didn't regain his weight so I took him to the vet. The vet diagnosed Pika has a kidney failure. Now Pika is on Fortekor 2.5mg per day. The vet said, Pika kidney failure due to old age. Pika is 12 now. All in my mind, it was the PURINA-DIET dry food causing his kidney failure.
Sadly, our cat, despite her ability to bounce back for a couple of week or so and her Urea numbers going down (which was great news!), she is now succumbing to her illness. Today she is throwing up white foam, pooping everywhere and is so lethargic. Tomorrow we'll have to make the most humane and most difficult decision-and take her to the vet as soon as it opens and allow her to be put down. We're all distraught, she was a great cat, very loving and sweet. We only had her for 3.5 short years....
I am as always so very sorry to read this....yes it is time to do this most difficult final act of love for your kitty..and I sympathize so very much with you right now..we have all been there.
Gentle journey sweet baby....you will always be alive in the hearts of the ones that cared for and loved you...
bless you both..♥
Is your kitty on medication? My vet said, it won't heal but it can make his life much more comfortable. I let Pika go out as he enjoys outdoor enviroment so I don't have to clean his vomit. He still can catch mouse, lizard etc. I ask him to let go all those lives so next life he can be a kind human. He seems understand, he let the lizard went. He walked home and has his dinner. My vet said, Pika is a sick cat but he didn't look "sick" to me. Vet yelled "Sick cat can catch a mouse?"
I took her in this morning when they opened and they tested her and told me they had bad news- all her levels were so high they could not even be registered.She had also lost weight since last week's fluid. They offered me no hope, her kidneys were too far gone, so we said goodbye to her. It is an awful, awful day when a pet dies, especially one that was purring and trying to cuddle right up to the very end :(
Oh I amso very sorry for your loss, you did the right thing although its so very hard to hold them and say those final goodbyes.....you tried your best adn thats all you can do...her memory will be in your heart forever hon....RIP little girl till we all meet again.♥
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I've been following as the events have unfolded and I must say, when kitty was at the vet, it sounded encouraging and I was so hopeful. You did the kindest thing you could do for your kitty in her condition, but that sure doesn't make it any easier, I know. Again, I am so sorry.
Thanks everyone for your kind words. I spent today crying and wishing that things could have ended differently for her. When I had first received the "good" news before Christmas that her numbers started looking great, we were so hopeful that with careful watching and treatment, she'd pull through. We really were willing to do whatever it took to keep her happy & healthy. It was so heartbreaking to see her suddenly stop eating this past weekend (it could have been the antibiotics she as on but it also could have just been her kidneys shutting down). I put bowls of water out everywhere and when I figured she was too weak to get them, I brought them right to her to sip. The hardest part, though, was watching her try and jump in my arms at the vet and purring like crazy- in her mind, she was being taken care of at the vet and would be coming home. It was AWFUL then having to leave her there, knowing within seconds she'd be gone. Sadly, too this cat was a gift from my husband when my last cat died (he died when he bit into a wire and got electrocuted and burnt his mouth-he was gone within days, despite our efforts to save him). I guess I just figured that losing a cat so young, twice in a row, was next to impossible (our older, big, fat cat still hangs in there-he's about 13 years old was always the one we expected sooner or later to die of old age!)
So sad, thanks everyone for the kind messages.
My little mate, Bobo has had a Urinary Tract Infection since he was born, however strict our diet was on little Bobo or how many times we took him to the vets for his injections and tablets it wasnt enough.
It pains me to think he was only 4 years old. He had another 10-15 years in him and to lose him so early is devestating to me.
He was the only survivor of a 12 kitten litter and was always expecting him to be weak but on Friday I saw him take a turn for the worse. He was couging up foam and went off his legs. Due to the weekend callout prices we continued to give him his tablets like normal. Monday night I lay with him for half hour and just told him how much I loved him and that I wont let him be in pain no more. Its the hardest thing ive ever had to do as he was my first pet.
We took him to the vets yesterday and they said his bladder had swollen and his kidneys had failed.
Im beating myself up to think if I had the call out vets over the weekend he would still be with us but at the same time the vets think he was on the decline long before then.
Im so lost and lonely without "my shadow". Everyday he would come upto me and headbutt me (that was his way of kissing me) he would also cry out when people in the house were shouting. He was so fat and so lazy but I wish I had my fatty man back with me ;( ;(
My 6 year old Arabian Mau was just diagnosed with kidney failure. I am extremely upset of course and naturally want to take it out on someone. Cleo has been drinking an excessive amount of water for three years and each time that I brought it up to her doctor, it was...ohhh it is good that indoor cats drink so much water. I told her that she pees like a drunken sailor...but no tests were done and I was told that she was fine. In the last two weeks, she has lost .5 of a kilo. Given that she only weighed 3.21 for almost six years, weighing in at 2.68 was a bit upsetting to say the least. I even had her in for a check up in April and another vet saw her and said she was fine, but her teeth should be pulled. The third vet caught the problem. Like most people who have a kitty companion, I am pretty upset. I know I shouldn't blame myself, but it is hard not too given that I felt something wasn't right. Cleo got a little bit of tuna most days and chicken, beef, and other fish. Did I overdo the tuna or meat?
hi and welcome, I am so sorry to read abt your dear Cleo and I sure don't blame you for venting...for a Vet or many Vets to miss all these classic signs of CRF just makes me scream too, talk abt incompetent to say the least. I understand why you indeed should be very upset.
don't blame yourself you did try when you knew something just wasn't right, I do know that tuna shouldn't be fed to cats....b/c of the high degree of mercury, even people should eat only occasionally.
I will send you an excellent website dealing with CRF...with hopes that they can give you and Cleo some help. sending you some hugs and some prayers too..♥
I feel for all of you who have had to deal with young kittens with renal failure. Two months ago I had to euthanize my 4 year old male bengal cat due to renal failure.I had tried everything, pouring thousands of dollars into the expensive all natural brands of wet food/supplements/water fountains/specialists. A year prior to this my mothers 5 year old female cat had to be euthanized for renal failure as well. She had spent THOUSANDS of dollars on medications/foods/vet visits/specialists/supplements/fountains. In the end it didn't matter how many different specialists/vets we each had visited not ONE of them could explain why such young cats would die from renal failure. In fact the answers we received across the board was along the lines of; "It's common for older cats to die of renal failure, but I'm not aware of any epidemic of young cats dying from renal failure." It's become highly common as most of you are aware and unfortunately they are not aware; or more importantly they haven't found an explanation. Something is being missed, I don't know if its vaccinations, I don't know if its in the food, toys, cat nip, a new disease etc. BUT they are missing something. When I was a kid you were able to throw down cheap kibble and water and have cats that lived for 17+ years. I really hope that people, especially professionals become aware that this is a VERY common problem and I hope more than anything they find the missing link so no more young cats need to die before their time.
thx for your post, I am so sorry to hear of your loss...its devastating to loose a pet of any age, but when they are so young its doubly heart breaking. YOu did all you could.
I too am alarmed to read of CRF becoming so much more common, I wish I had an answer too....there are links to..food/litter/vaccinations theory's, I wonder sometimes if it has anything to do with the 'clumping' clay litter that is relatively new and the ingredient sodium bentonite, that is added to make it more absorbable... kitty's not only inhale this dust as they do their digging but also ingest some of it off their paws.
I will send you some info on that to read. hope we can learn more soon...((>^.^<))
It is with such a heavy heart that I have found myself on this forum. I hope all you people are still here and can help with the pain I am feeling right now. My 5 year old boy, Riggs, is currently in the vets with Renal Failure and my heart is just broken at the news. He has been on fluids for 4 days now and his last blood work shows that his levels are getting worse despite being bright, active, eating and drinking, and peeing (he wasn't peeing before fluids were started). He is my world and the level of guilt and responsibilty I feel is immense! The vets can't pinpoint exactly what the cause is but they suspect poisoning; either antifreeze (we had our first frost here in Scotland on the Saturday he started feeling unwell) or lilies (which I know to have been in certain households). Of all the things I imagined could/would take my tuxedo boy away from me, I never thought they'd happen at such a young point in his life.
I am clinging to a very thin thread of hope that he can make it given how bright he is and how "clinically well" the vets say he is but I feel my hopes dimishing reading all the heart breaking tales you guys have suffered. I really don't know what to do. I had taken him to out of hours on the Sunday when he started throwing up. He hasn't thrown up once since then which the vets again say is very encouraging. The biggest source of my guilt is knowing that poisoning had been mentioned by the OOH vet although clinical signs then didn't indicate it. But it was on the tip of my tongue to ask if bloods could be taken just in case instead of injections and monitoring for 24 hours. If his bloods had been taken sooner maybe his chances would be better. I don't know. I'm just full of ifs and buts I know don't make any difference now :-(
Any way, I don't know what I hope to gain from this but knowing others have shared my pain lets me know I'm not alone.
I too am very saddened for the reason that have brought you to our site...I wish I could give some enlightened words of wisdom to comfort you with other than to say I hope you take it easier on yourself with all the guilt you are feeling right now. How easy it is for us to beat ourselves up with all the 'what if's' or 'if only's'....I know I'm no different.
Our furbabies are very precious to us but they come into our lives for just a little while, we love and care for them to the best of our abilities....there was no neglect on your part..accidents happen, they happen despite the best of intentions to all of us and our pets too.
I am praying for your little Riggs, don't stop clinging to that little thread of HOPE....((>^.^<))
Thanks opus :-( I need lots of prayers and a miracle. My husband and I went to see Riggs today and despite being a good bit doped up he was all purrs and attention. He just isn't acting like a cat in the advanced stages of kidney failure. Even the vets are amazed at how asymptomatic he is. Which only makes the concept of putting him to sleep harder. They're hoping that by adding prednisone to his treatment will reduce his kidney swelling, but this is really the last thing they can do for him. If his bloods don't start improving then it really will be the end :-(
My whole world is just going to be so much darker without him. His brother Murtaugh is already missing him. They have been together from the start. I hate the thought of them no longer playing together or finding the same box to sleep in. I'm trying not to blame myself but I really can't help but think there was more I could've done to protect my fur baby :'(
just logged on tonight to see if there was an update on little Riggs....
it sure sounds strange that he isn't showing more signs of kidney failure...asymptomatic even when so advanced. that does give hope and there are miracles everyday.
don't give up on him too quickly Emma, it doesn't sound like he is ready to go just yet:))
sending more prayers for that miracle. ♥♥
Well without getting my hopes up too much there was good news today. Riggs' s blood work is showing improvement by HALF what his values were yesterday albeit still high. However the improvement is enough for the vets to consider letting him come home tomorrow if he does well over night, see how he is over the weekend and get him re-evaluated Monday. There's some concern he's getting a bit stressed being at the vets and their hope is his appetite might improve being in his own environment. They're confident his kidneys are working but just need that extra push to heal themselves. Like I said, I know his prognosis is still guarded and it can all still go **** up for him so I'm going to keep praying and praying for that miracle :-) xxx
well isn't that ever great news....some improvement!!!! YIPEE for Riggs....
I'm sure he will feel much better at home with his family....sending continued prayers for an appetite improvement and come on kidneys keep healing:))))
heres another real good site to do some studying up on chronic renal failure....follow all Tanyas links she has alot of knowledge on this subject.
found a link to a book that was written by a Vet...."a possible link to CRF and Vaccines" not sure where this book is avail. you could try amazon.com...interesting
Feline Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) and Vaccine Link
By Jean Hofve, DVM
It has long been known that chronic renal failure (CRF) in cats has an inflammatory component. Chronic low-grade inflammation causes gradual destruction and scarring of the kidney, eventually resulting in loss of function and failure of the organ. However, what was not known was what caused the inflammation in the first place. Recent research from Colorado State University suggests a link between vaccination for feline distemper (panleukopenia) and the development of chronic renal failure. The distemper virus is grown in a feline kidney cell culture to make the vaccine. Earlier research at Purdue University showed that puppies given a vaccine grown in calf serum developed antibodies to calf proteins that also reacted against the puppies' own cells. These auto-antibodies (antibodies to self, or to one's own tissues) may contribute to later development of autoimmune diseases. Every subsequent vaccine caused the puppies to form even more antibodies
- See more at: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/AnimalWellness/PetVacc.aspx#Loops
He's home but oh is it heart breaking to see him look so poorly :-( I'm really doubtful he's going to make it but don't want to give up on him yet. He's just stubbornly refusing to eat (saying that, with the stress I'm feeling I'm not eating either). He's getting fluids still, vetergesic and alucaps (to bind his phosphates). He's only been home a few hours so I know I'm being impatient expecting too much from him. His brother Murtaugh is having a bit of an adverse reaction to the vets smell Riggs has came home with. Such a shame :-(
Oh no, the article doesn't paint a good picture about vaccines. It's devastating to think that something designed to keep them healthy has the potential to cause grave damage to vital organs over their lifetime :-( It's awful to think that if Riggs does get better he's potentially going to have problems with his kidneys forever and vaccines may be the cause.
So he's back in on Monday for check up and bloods. As always, fingers crossed for that miracle xxx
yes it is so very heartbreaking I sure can agree to that....
I do hope he had a good evening and will soon start to feel like eating...the clinical smell should soon be gone and his brother will recognize his once again:)
don't know if vaccines are to blame, this was just one Vets thoughts....however they may well be, that we don't really know do we. the more I've read on the topic I decided to d/c for my boys, but they are also totally indoor cats..
I do believe even for outdoor cats we can drastically reduce the frequency recommended by most Vets...
sending some warm healing ((hugs)) to little Riggs....and more miracles too♥
Sorry I haven't been in touch for a few days. Everything has been completely mental. Riggs is still with us (thankfully) but is no where near out the woods yet. He was no longer eating so I'm now having to syringe feed. I feel rotten doing it. He's already pretty stressed getting the fluids but to keep annoying him every couple of hours syringe feed him makes me not want to do it. But it's tough love time and I have to persevere. He's reached this odd homeostatic phase where he is neither getting worse or better (Although his phosphate levels are decreasing - yay!) and physically he's neither bright nor dull. My vets have never seen a case quite like his so they can't advise in either direction if he'll get better or worse. Hopefully getting food in his belly will move those blood levels significantly down.
I am exhausted but I refuse to stop hoping and praying.
hi...I was going to post you today for an update...not great news is it, but yeah at least he is still here and those phosphate levels are decreasing, so if only he were to get eating:)
have the Vets considered a B12 injection to stimulate his appetite? or is this not a good idea for a CRF cat? would be worth asking about.
have you tried to temp him with a variety of canned foods? does anything interest him?
I can tell how exhausted you must be, every couple hours is a huge commitment. I can only send you and Riggs my continued prayers, he is a fighter and not ready to give up just yet♥
Well, I asked if there was anyway to stimulate his appetite like a tablet but my vet advised against it. Would rather he ate on his own (eventually) and thought that syringe feeding would help stimulate his appetite. I might ask about B12 though. At least it's something that's required by the body and would have less side effects than a pill.
Ha, yeah Riggs has a kitty buffet laid out for him every day! lol. However the closest I get to him touching any of it is a few licks of warmed salmon yogurt or fish juice. Not enough :-(
He's redeveloped some of his Riggs-isms which my husband and I hope are a good sign. I'm pretty gutted today didn't show much improvement.
Thanks for the continued prayers. I always need prayers :-)
My five year old calico, India, has just gotten her blood work back and it indicates kidney failure. I had put her on a couple of different diet (or also indoor) Purina dry foods recently. I'm devastated and hope that I didn't help her disease state along. She gets her uriine analysis tomorrow along with an e-ray an ultrasound. If anyone on her has any advice for me I'd really appreciate it.
I am still searching for answers. Last November my 8 year old bengal had kidney failure and after being in the ICU we had to put him to sleep. And Earlier this week we found out my 6 year old half-bengal had kidney issues and the vet recommended we put him to sleep cause of the blood work results and because nothing was helping. Now I'm afraid my other 6 year old bengal will get it because the 2 others were in his family line. I know he is depressed since he lost his "brother" and I don't know how to comfort him. I am thinking of adopting a companion for him from a local shelter but I don't know what to do or think right now.
I have done some research and it seems that Bengals are prone to an hereditary condition called Polycystic Kidney disease. Unfortunately some breeders have not done the proper screening and this may be what is happening with your kits. If so, How awful, and I would certainly speak to the breeder---she should not be allowing her litters to be adopted unless she screens for this. It is so unfair to find this out after you have grown to love these babies. These breeders should NOT be breeders, UGH!
I think bringing another cat in now might be additional stress for the cat. As long as your kit is eating, drinking, and using the litter box....hopefully the depression will lift with lot of love and attention from you.
Please keep us posted on this situation. Bengals are glorious creatures and you are very lucky to have them in your life.
You may want to do a little research on this condition it might help to know what to expect and how it can be managed.
After 18 years(!), I was still feeling guilty because my 4-year-old cat, Betsy, had become ill with renal failure. I had adopted her from the local animal shelter when she was around a year old, so I never knew her young history and wondered if she had experienced some trauma earlier in life OR if I had done something wrong. After reading so many of your posts, I'm comforted (in a way), knowing that renal failure in young cats is more common than I previously believed. At the time, my veterinarian had no explanation for how Betsy could have succumb to the disease. I now know that I did all that I could at the time--got her to the vet quickly and, later, administer the lactated ringers and lots of love. After all these years, my best friend is still missed.
Thanks so much for posting ! It helps us realize that what might help answer one persons question might be able to help others who just read here for information We all learn every day. That is why I love this forum.
I cannot tell you how common it is for we cat parents to feel quilt when we find our pets may have had an illness we did not know about early enough.
I guess it comes with the turf. Since our cats cannot tell us what is wron we will always be behind the eight ball , so to speak.
You have plenty of company in your feelings, but "s---t Happens" , and it has no reflection on we as pet parents..As long as our pets have been protected and loved their life with us has been a treasure. They sure would not blame us , so we should go easy on ourselves, LOL!
Our Calamity Jane Grey had reduced kidney function the last 2 years of her life (made it to 21 years 4 months). We gave her Ringer's lactate subcutaneously 3 to 4 times a week (2 - 3 ounces) to help keep her properly hydrated.
If the kidney function loss is mild, kitty can have a good life with help.
This is my first time posting here, so hopefully this will work properly! I found this forum by searching for "kidney failure in four year old cat." Unfortunately, my 4.5 year old male cat just passed due to kidney failure. I skimmed through the other posts and didn't see this mentioned, but in my buddy's case he only had one developed kidney. We did an x-ray and two separate ultrasounds to confirm that his left kidney was either completely missing or severely underdeveloped. A specialist said there was some tissue where the left kidney should be, but it didn't resemble a kidney at all. We had no idea until he started getting sick. From initial diagnosis to passing, we had one month. I just wish I could have him back. Losing a beloved cat, especially so young, is so devastating. My heart goes out to all of you.
Welcome to our community, but very sorry for your loss that led you here. What Your little buddy had wasn't common...a missing or under developed kidney is a congenital defect and something that could never have been foreseen.
I suspect the one kidney he did have was also defective for it to fail at such a young age
I am very sorry, our little fur babies give us so much joy and love no matter how long they are with us, they leave a hole in our hearts when they pass
Hi Everyone -
My 3 year old calico Snickers just spent 4 days in the cat hospital last week with kidney failure. It came out of nowhere. The vet was sure that it was due to something toxic. They kept asking us if she got into any lilies or antifreeze. But she's an indoor cat and we don't have any lilies in the house. I was baffled. But they did also mention that she had a Urinary Tract Infection that could have spread to the kidneys. I felt terrible and so guilty, like I should have seen the signs sooner. I was a wreck for a week (and I still am). They said she was well enough to come home about 4 days ago. They actually used the term "clinically better". So we happily brought her home and we're administering SubQ fluids every night, along with a couple other medications. She seems perfectly normal. Happy all the time, active, purring, eating. But still drinking a lot of water. I am still so worried about her though. I am hopeful, but I also know she's not out of the woods yet. Reading many of your posts on here scares me because they don't sound too optimistic. I'm hoping she pulls through, we're due to take her to the vet this weekend for a checkup and more bloodwork to see how her levels are doing. I'm just hoping and wondering that she can make a full recovery. I'm hoping for some positive stories here on this feed!
Im sorry to read abt your dear kitty...especially when NO specific reason is apparent...don't blame yourself, there are times when these things just seem to happen to otherwise healthy well looked after cats. I am going to send you a website that deals strictly with CRF if you follow all the tabs on Tanya's site it will give you tons of info into this disease and the treatments.
I do hope you kitty makes a full recovery and will spend many more happy years with you:)
Found this site the usual way, by Google, after learning yesterday that my 4 year old cat Malik is in renal failure. He is in the hospital at the moment. The vet seems perplexed, but obviously this is more common than previously thought, or perhaps its just being diagnosed more often. She said something about possible toxicity, which makes me crazy because he has had access to absolutely nothing. I first noticed something wrong the other day when he was drinking excessively from the toilet.She thought drinking from the toilet could make him sick, but it seems so hard to believe that it would damage his kidneys. Thinking back on it, he has lost weight over the last year, so I think this has been coming on awhile. I feel better reading your stories and knowing that the symptoms are pretty subtle, that I didn't miss anything I should have recognized. I have also recently switched to a high quality canned food, and I don't see how that could be related. I think this just happens sometimes, unfortunately. Now I am steeling myself for the next phase, although some cats apparently do live awhile with it. Just heartbroken though. This was the cat who rescued me
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