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Chronic Renal Failure Remedies

Last Modified on May 13, 2016

Our cats in particular are in danger of suffering chronic renal failure, but any aged pet or a pet who has somehow suffered prolonged stress to the kidneys may experience renal failure. Inadequate water supply, unhealthy diet, infectious diseases, and environmental toxins can trigger the condition.

Kidney failure is generally the result of disease or of prolonged stress to the kidneys, though physical damage or shock can also be an acute cause. However, it is also one of the most common killers of cats, and in old age renal failure may be more or less unavoidable after a certain point. With renal failure, toxins are not removed from the body efficiently and as a result the cat or dog's health will deteriorate generally. This may happen quickly or over an extended period of time.

Natural Remedies: Apple cider vinegar added to your pet's water or food is often recommended to improve urinary function and kidney health. Increased water consumption, including saturating your pet's food supply, is a critical first step if you can get your pet to drink. Dandelion leaves and other natural herbs and supplements are also a possibility if added to your cat's, dog's, or other pet's diet to prevent and reverse kidney failure.

Remedies for Chronic Renal Failure

The Popularity of Chronic Renal Failure Remedies - Full List

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Aloe Vera Juice62014-11-24
Apple Cider Vinegar22009-01-17
Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Juice02013-06-25
Apple Cider Vinegar, DMSO02009-12-22
Avoid Flea Control Medications02013-01-13
Chronic Renal Failure Remedies02013-12-27
Colloidal Silver02013-02-03
Dandelion Leaves22008-11-29
Dietary Changes22010-03-05
Dietary Changes, Supplements12013-03-14
Digestive Enzymes, Easy to Digest Food12008-03-30
Lyme Disease Connection02009-04-30
Raw Food Diet and Miscellaneous Supplements32007-05-30

Aloe Vera Juice  

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Posted by Harmonica (Northern Illinois, Usa) on 11/24/2014
5 out of 5 stars

We took in a stray female 3 years ago. She had been on her own for over a month at least. She had a hernia, was in heat, and on the verge of kidney failure. The vet fixed up what he could and told us that this cat of possibly 1 year old was not going to make it given her high creatin (3.3) and BUN levels. Over the next year, we added water to her food and nursed her back to health and a better creatin level.

A year ago in May, the vet said she was starting to move back up (2.8) and that we would have to put her on special food to prolong her life. She refuses the kidney diet food no matter how I hid around her other food. So I came here and read about the Aloe Vera Inner Filet juice that helped others. I bought the 'Lily of the Desert' brand, made sure it said 'Inner Filet' and started using that instead of water to moisten her food.

December 2013, her creatin moved lower to 2.7. Last May it moved to 2.5. This past weekend, it was 2.1. She is without kidney issues now, uses her litter box regularly, cleans her coat thoroughly, has a good weight, is active. I am very thankful for this site for providing me the clue to help our sweet little kitty live a longer, less painful life!

Posted by Rukmini (New Delhi, India) on 04/01/2012

My cat, Chaki, has been diagnosed with CRF. I have been reading about pet remedies on your site. There have been reccomendations for a particular brand of Aloe Vera, which is not available in India. Can I give her a tiny bit of fresh aloe vera pulp from the plant which I have in a pot? I can put it into her food and should camouflage nicely. If so how much of it should I give? Chaki is in CRF but not yet acute. Would be most grateful for some info on this. - Rukmini

Replied by Judy
Small Town, Nh, Usa
Dear Rukmini, try food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) for your cat. Companies in U.S. Sell it, but one website in particular has many impressive testimonials for both cats and dogs (and people), and they send it out internationally. It's inexpensive to buy, though shipping is not inexpensive. DE has clay in it, which is known to absorb and eliminate toxins from the body. Our dog had kidney failure from Lyme disease. She would lick and lick a particular spot of earth in the backyard. I now know she was trying to ingest clay, which I've since learned animals often do when they're unwell. Try mixing a tsp. of DE into her food. If she won't take it that way, dust it on her fur; she'll lick it off. Low protein food is standard protocol for kidney issues. Coconut oil is also said to be helpful for the kidneys and liver. Try mixing a tsp. of it also into her food. Again, if she refuses it, apply it to her fur; she'll lick it off. Aloe is good for digestive issues, though the fresh pulp can be bitter. Taste some yourself and see. It's worth a try for your cat, but at a separate time from the coconut oil and DE. We learned about coconut oil on Earth Clinic; since then have read more. I'm sure both DE and coconut oil will help your cat. Thank you, Earth Clinic.
Replied by Aida
Kuala Lumpu, Malaysia
My cat, boy aged 8 yrs has been diagnosed (high in amylase blood test) and also X-Ray shows abdnormal large liver. I have been reading about pet remedies on your website. Is there any particular brand of Aloe Vera, which is not available in Malaysia. Can I use my pot plant Aloe Vera for my cat? If so how much so I give it? At this moment my cat is under medication (liver, antibiotic and vomit pills), however my cat still vomit and he reluctant to consume liquid which we are trying to give it to him. His is having abdomen pain too. Would be very grateful for some advise and info on this. - Aida
Replied by Ajax
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1 out of 5 stars

Please don't give aloe vera in any form to your cat! In the book The Complete Guide To Holistic Cat Care by Celeste Yarnall, PH. D. And Jean Hofve, D. V. M. , there is a section "Not all Supplements are Safe for Cats". It states, "Supplements that may work for humans and dogs can be deadly for cats, including the following:

ALOE VERA: It contains a latex-like compound that can cause serious irritation in the mouth and gastrointestinal tract if ingested by cats. It is often preserved with sodium benzoate, another toxin

Replied by Snickerdoodle
Chicago, Il
The latex is contained in the inner layer of the leaf's skin, but not the gel. Therefore, it is important that when buying Aloe gel or juice, that it's 'Inner Filet' only (nothing made from the Whole Leaf, as that would contain the latex/toxin). When cutting the gel out of a fresh leaf, just be generous and don't cut too close to the leaf's skin. I also wash the gel pieces (before putting them into the blender to liquify) to make sure any sap is removed; this also helps to remove the bitter taste. My cats get 1 tsp of fresh gel every day (the extracted gel lasts aprox. 3-5 days in fridge, in a tightly closed mason jar)

George's and Lily of the Desert make a juice w/o preservatives. (Holisticat article and Dr. Hofve point those two out as safe for cats, on their respective web sites)

Replied by Monique
Greenwich, Ct
Hi there -- if my cat is experiencing stomach upset -- is it ok to give her some drops of Nature's Way Aloe Vera Whole Leaf Juice Organic ?? Thank you.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Monique!

I think that it would be a good idea to try to settle your cat's stomach with the aloe vera juice, and it may help to get her appetite back.

Please let us know how it goes!

Replied by Trudyb
Arizona, US
1 out of 5 stars

Noted above reply....which apparently missed the warning noted in the previous posting. Just hope all will remember to research before doing anything to your pets without adequate research....double check always.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Thank you Trudyb!

The better advice for Monique is this: when using Aloe gel or juice for cats, use only the type that is labled 'Inner Filet' only - as this sourcing of the gel or juice does not use the whole leave and thus does not include the latex from the skin of the plat that is toxic to cats.

Replied by Joanne
Victoria, Canada
George's tastes like water and is completely safe. Our cat goes on it and off it and has for years. I feed her a human diet with plenty of unrefined fats and she's 17 and has no health issues whatsoever. The kidneys of lab animals used to test aloe vera juice were found to last 25% longer. I am a firm believer in aloe vera juice for all, for a dozen varied reasons, and kidney health is one of them.
Replied by Sharon
Northeastern Pa, Usa
How much do you give a cat to help with stomach upset due to kidney disease?

Posted by Peggy McAllister (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) on 03/16/2009
5 out of 5 stars

ALOE VERA JUICE FOR gastric upset:

My cat was diagnosed last year with chronic renal failure. And one of the most challenging issues has been his vomiting. I have been giving him fluids on a regular basis, but because renal failure affects the acid in his gut, he would go through some periods of serious projectile vomiting. His gut would be gurgling all the time, and for months, I tried using Famotidine from the vet with little success. Then I tried George's Aloe Vera juice (it has no preservatives like benzoic acid which is poisonous to cats)...and this cat who was throwing up at least once a day has not vomited in three weeks! I give him 2-3 ml in the morning and the same dose at night. Of all the Aloe Vera's. George's seems to be the taste (tastes to me like water), and you don't have to refrigerate it. Available at Whole Foods and probably other natural food staores as well.

This cat's health was going downhill fast, and since the vomiting has turned around, he's gaining weight again and seems MUCH happier (who wouldn't?)

I believe this would have greatly helped my other cat who had hyperthyroid and would vomit whenever her stomach was empty.

Replied by Elizabeth
New York, Ny
5 out of 5 stars


My 12 year old domestic short-hair cat, Roscoe, was diagnosed with CRF 3 weeks ago. After spending 4 days in the hospital, we brought her home and started her on the doctor prescribed kidney-friendly food. After 2 weeks of her showing a strong appetite, she suddenly started vomiting and showed no interest in food or water. She also seemed to be very uncomfortable and I noticed she was going to her litterbox often but not doing anything. After searching online, I found a post on your website written 3/16/2009 by Peggy McAllister regarding the use of aloe vera juice for her cat with CRF to help with both nausea and constipation. I took Peggy's advice and bought the aloe vera juice at my local health food store (I even sought out George's - the brand Peggy recommended as it is additive free and doesn't need to be refrigerated) and it worked like a charm! I mixed 2 1/2 ml in Roscoe's food twice a day (once in the morning and again in the evening). After only one day on the aloe, she had a bowel movement and started eating and drinking again.
I just want to thank Peggy and Earth Clinic for providing the information I needed to help Roscoe get better. It's emotionally very difficult to treat a beloved pet's serious illness, but having resources like this make things a lot easier. Thanks again!

Replied by Annie
Baraboo, Wi
5 out of 5 stars

In February, I took my 14 1/2 year old miniature dachshund in for a dental cleaning. After running pre-surgical blood work, x-rays and ultrasound, it was discovered one of her kidneys was incredibly enlarged due to cysts and infection. Her kidney was removed and she was doing fine. Two weeks after her surgery she stopped eating and drinking, was vomiting and lethargic. She was in chronic renal failure with a BUN >130 and Creatinine of 5.4. The only option left was hospitalizing her for 36 hours of IV fluids and if it worked it may need to be repeated possibly every week. Due to her age, the fact that she had a bad back, she becomes stressed spending the night in the clinic and all she had already been through, I took her home. I wanted to keep her as comfortable as possible and decided to research Earth Clinic (which I religiously use for myself). I began Peggy's Aloe Vera Juice remedy at 2-3 ml's twice per day as well as 1 tsp ACV in her water (I used a syringe to force her to drink for the first couple of days). Within a couple of days she had stopped vomiting and began eating wet food mixed with baby food and drinking again. I continued the 2-3 ml's twice per day for appx. 1 month during which time she began eating normal amounts of wet and dry food. While continuing to eat and drink normally with no vomiting since the initial episodes, I put her on a maintenance of 2-3 ml of Aloe Vera Juice once per day. Two months later her Creatinine is down to 3.8, she's doing great and the vet was shocked. Thank you so much Peggy, if it weren't for you I don't think our little Sophie would be with us anymore!!

Replied by Holly
Decatur, Georgia
4 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for George's Aloe Vera suggestion for my cat with kidney disfunction. I bought it this morning and have given it to her 3 times today - 3 ml each time - and she has been minimally eating and drinking for the first time in three days. Baby is 15 and has been diagnosed with kidney dysfunction (a nice way of saying "failure" I guess) and hyperthyroidism.

Replied by Adelynn
Doesn't the ASPCA list of plants toxic to cats include aloe? Other websites also say not to let a cat eat aloe. How come contributors to this discussion say aloe actually helps their cat? I'm a little worried about trying it...
Inner leaf is not poisonous. Only the outer part of the aloe plant is poisonous to cats. Purchase inner leaf only (by George if possible). You can get it at good pharmacies and pet stores or on Amazon.
Replied by Jo
Mentor, Ohio
Hello... I just wanted to comment on giving a cat aloe vera juice to stop the symptom of vomiting. One of our cats was vomiting severely. We don't know if it was due to our having applied Frontline or due to a vet-diagnosed bladder inflection, or both. What I wanted your readers to know is this cat was vomiting up everything---food, water---nothing was staying down. We gave her one "capful" of aloe vera juice. The vomiting stopped immediately and has not returned. Since I didn't know if this was a reaction to the (vile! ) Frontline, I have put aloe vera juice in all my cats wet food everyday since. Thank you for sharing the advice about the aloe vera juice!
Replied by Veronica Andino
Boca Raton, Florida.usa
My cat has kidney failure and I would like to know if I can give him aloe vera juice in his water and apple cider vinegar at the same time? Or one with water and the other with food? Or one or the other? Please let me know, the vet told me to put him to sleep, but he still looks good. Thanks
Replied by Jodi
Bloomingburg, Ny, Usa
4 out of 5 stars


My cat diagnoised CRF problably 4 yrs ago. She has been on a prescript diet since and doing fairly well. Recently she started getting upset stomaches daily. Shes on a pepcid med. Morning and night and a medication for her upset stomach. Recently I decided (due to this post) that I would add 3 ml. aloe vera juice to 1/2 cup of water. As well as, quarter teaspoon of slippery elm bark on her can food. It seemed to help a little in the first couple of day's. By day 4 and 5 it seemed to help a great deal. It not only stopped the lip smacking and upset ness and throwing up but now a week later she is laying more comfortable. No longer is she a loaf of bread or "meat loaf" position. Her legs our stretched out. She hasn't thrown up in a week. I hope this helps others out there. This site certainly helped me. Thank you.

Replied by Beth
Brighton, Mi, Usa
My dear old feline friend will be 17 on Mother's Day, and also is in CRF, has hyperthyroid, and acts like a crochety old lady. She's about 10 pounds and it's hard to keep weight on her. She also had fresh blood spots in her stool, perhaps hemerroids or irritated bowel. The vet gave me lactolase, and although it didn't get worse, it didn't improve much either.

I've started a regimen of a bit of coconut oil - about 1/8 teaspoon, along with 1/8 teaspoon slippery elm bark - both in her wet food, morning and night. I melt the coconut oil in her dish in the microwave for 11-12 seconds, mix with the slippery elm bark, then mix in with her wet food.

She's also on methimazole for the thyroid condition (ointment form applied to the inner ear flaps). Since I started the coconut oil, the blood in her stool has greatly diminished-almost gone! It's also helped her put on a little weight.

The slippery elm for her CRF has diminished the lip-smacking sounds of chronic dehydration (though she drinks a lot of water), also diminished is her desire to sit on her haunches (like a meat-loaf); now she'll lay on either side, sometimes even stretch out-it's wonderful!

The quality of the cold-pressed virgin coconut oil made a difference. It was pricey-but a 16 oz jar will last me at least 6 months, more than I could say for any chemical vet medication-meant to only treat the symptoms-just like human meds in the United States. Keeping us sick keeps us as a patient who will always be a return customer-our economy sadly thrives on this.

Regardless, my old friend is now a thriving geriatric feline-thanks to Earth Clinic and those of you who took the time to post!

Replied by Carolyn
Evergreen, Co
I see the doses for Aloe for cats and small dogs being about 2-3ml 2x/day. Anyone have sources or doses for medium (50lb), large (75lb) and XL (100lb) dogs? Thanks!
Replied by Leah
Melbourne, Australia
Hi there, I really appreciate your blog. Itis amazing that your pet is 18. My cat is 8 now, she is an oriental, very spoilt, and is getting grumpier by the year. We don' have other pets or children. She has my full focus and lives like a human rather than a pet. Did your pet get grumpier with age? I have been told her life exp is 17 years. Value your feedback.
Replied by Lanetteh
Sacramento, Ca, Usa
Hi, I wanted to thank everyone for their posts about aloe vera juice for cats with CRF. After my 10 year old cat Joey was larthargic and not eating or drinking for 2 days (including throwing up and drooling a lot), I took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with late stage CRF. They said his levels were 10 times higher than normal. They also gave me meds for stomach upset, which didn't work and called the next day to tell me I should put him down. Well, I couldn't do that without first giving him a chance. On Monday, I ordered Kidney Support [supplements] after reading over 200 very positive reviews about it (it will arrive today). In the interim, I bought aloe vera juice and started giving it to him yesterday morning. I am so happy to report that he has not vomited once and has stopped drooling since I started giving it to him!!! He has even started drinking water on his own again. He is also laying more comfortably (intead of in the weird position others have mentioned). I can tell his stomach is feeling much better. I'll post again after I've tried the supplement I ordered to let you know how it works. Thanks again, I love this site!!!
Replied by Ella
Ben Lomond, Ca
Hi. was wondering, although a old post, did you have any other suggestions for a hyperthyroid cat? Thanks.

Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Linda (Browns Mills, NJ, USA) on 01/17/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you all for sharing your positive experiences with ACV and cats. My 23 year old cat was diagnosed with renal (kidney) failure & the vet wanted to put him on KD cat food & medication, or put him to sleep. I decided to try the AVC by 1st rubbing some on the back of his neck & then adding 1/4 tsp. to his 1 cup of daily water. Within 4 hours he went from not eating,drinking or urinating to doing all of the above! My prayers were answered!

Replied by Linda
Vancouver, Wa
How do you get the animal to drink the water with the the ACV in it?
Replied by Ryan
Kuala Lumpur, Selangor
I really need your help my cat Smoky of 15 years has been diagnosed with renal failure. He's not eating.... Hardly drinking and looks so miserable. His condition is deteriorating at an alarming rate... Doc says that it's best to put him down but I know smoky and he's a fighter.... I tried using ACV but maybe it's cuz of the first dose not much has changed. Can anyone please help? :(
Replied by Aida
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hi Ryan, you need to be more patience as it is takes times for a cat to heal from RF. My siamese mixed cat belong to my daughter which recover from RF diagnose with large liver. You need to force feed with syringes on wet canned food brand called hills with virgin cococunt oil. Its takes longer time to heal. You need to feed every 2 hours. Also force feed water too.
Replied by Anne
Chicago, Il
I am a firm believer in ACV, 4 years ago my male cat started urinating in odd places, which was completely out of character. (Whenever this sets in he also seems to have a one eye partially closed & also starts cleaning his private area) I took him to the vet & he prescribed special food & antibiotics. But itt didn't seem to help much.

I read about ACV for the Urinary Tract infections & Kidneys. We went to the pharmacy got a plastic syringe (they just gave us one from behind the counter.... the kind you use to give medicine to babies)

We gave him ACV (with the Mother) mixed with spring water & in a few hours he was like a new cat. My pets won't drink the water mixed with ACV in the water bowl... So we stand behind him place one hand under chin & insert the syringe into mouth near his fang & just squirt it in) Works like a charm :) We give him 1 part ACV to 4 parts spring water. I think it's 1 cc to 4cc water.

I have never again given him the Special food or the antibiotics.

I have told several friends about this wonderful cure & it has worked for all of them. Best of luck to you & God Bless our furry friends :)

Replied by Dsup
South Carolina
Pls tell me how much ACV to put in my cat's water dish??
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Dsup!

You can try 1/4 teaspoon ACV into 1 cup of purified water to start. Some use 1 cup ACV into 4 cups water - a much stronger concentration. Start on the lower end until you know your cat is drinking it. If your cat won't go near the water bowl with the ACV in it, you might try saturating his paw in the solution to see if he will lick his paw dry -and ingest the ACV to boot.

Replied by Renee
Vader Washington
I know we're talking about kidney failure so ACV AND LILY OF THE DESERT INNER FILET ALOE VERA JUICE! It's cheap and working for my cat of 25 lbs.

2mils of Apple Cider Vinegar and 3 of aloe mixed. A little honey helps. As for fleas! UGH! WHITE VINEGAR! THAT'S IT! VINEGAR! First give a bath with dawn. Then fill a spray bottle with vinegar and one 50/50vinegar and water. For pets spray lightly with diluted bottle and rub in. Put other bottle of straight vinegar on carpet, bedding, everywhere dog or cat it daily. It's also a sanitizer. Smell goes away in about 15-30 minutes and you are left with a neutral smelling house! NO SMELLS! I have asthma and I use it daily for cleaning and pets and clothing when I wash. Look it up online! NO MORE FLEAS OR FLEA SHAMPOOS!

Posted by Helen (Altamont , NY USA) on 04/08/2007

I am writing to say, i well know the benefits of acv. i am now trying it on my cat, who, unfortunately is the victim of this latest scandalous bout with tainted cat food. i notice him being a bit lethargic during the fall, but assumed it was the winter hibernation mode setting in. i stumbled upon an old empty can of iams cat food that my puppy had hidden, and low and behold, it had the bad magic numbers on it. i took my 11 year old cat for blood work, will get the results tomorrow. my nephew, a cat man, was checking my cat over, and found his liver to be so tender, that my regularly calm cat bit him a bit. i have started my taz on acv, a bit on the lips, a bit in his water, and used an eye dropper full of diluted acv. i am going to watch him for a week, and request a retest. i am so afraid to let the vet give him drugs. i read where the drugs had cured a few animals problems with the liver, but caused problems with the stomach. so, here goes..will write back in a week or is hoping.

Replied by Helen
Altamont, NY
5 out of 5 stars

i wrote back in april, about my cat and puppy that had eaten some of the tainted iams canned food. their kidney readings indicated a problem. i told the vet i would treat them myself, come back for a retest in a month. i gave them both water with acv, and colloidal silver through the month. the results for both came back clean..again..acv rules!

Replied by Tracy
Fort Belvir, VA
My mom has a twenty pound dog that is suffering from kidney issues. She is willing to try this for her dog but it doesn't state how much of either to give. We don't know what or where to get colloidal silver and at what amount. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Replied by Tracy
Fort Nelson, Bc, Canada
You can get colloidial silver ffrom most health food stores or drug stores. As far as doses go, I usually go with slightly less than an adult dose for a 65 pound dog and adjust it accordingly per the animals weight. We live in a remote area with unreliable vet service so I have had to become the vet and I much prefer natural cures. Last week, I had a cat develop a urinary tract infection. After doing much reserch, I tried him with1/4 tsp of ACV mixed with water and I mixed some in his water bowl. In a few hours he began to urinate normally. Three days later (because he wasn't acting right yet), I drove him 4 hours to the vet. They took a urine sample and it showed traces of a UTI indicating that he was getting over one. That proof turned me into a believer!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Juice  

Posted by Kreg (North Royalton, Ohio) on 06/25/2013

My girlfriend's cat has kidney failure and I saw that ACV and or aloe juice can help. Her cat is already taking Aluminum hydroxide, would it harm the cat if we gave him ACV or the aloe juice while still taking the Aluminum hydroxide? Thank you.

Apple Cider Vinegar, DMSO  

Posted by Susan (Oshkosh, Wi) on 12/22/2009

Hi-diddly. My cat-companion Job was diagnosed about a month ago with CRF. He was already on a raw diet and I never would have known except he started having "dizzy kitty"episodes. This is titled Idiopathic Vestibular Brain Disorder. In human lingo, micro strokes in his balance center. Can't help but wonder if came about from him being chronically dehydrated! So off I went into investigation mode. Job is on the classic kidney diet of low protein/dense carbs/low phosphorus. Kidney-wise, he is not drinking all the time and urinates "normal" amounts. Still struggling with the upset tummy (already onACV, maybe needs more) and joint pain (uric acid crystals?). Ironically,when he had his last dizzy spell, I was desperate to shorten the duration and swabbed his ears with DMSO and started putting it in his food. Much shorter duration, and less fried nerves for me! What do you all think? Possible increase joint pain because the DMSO is dissolviing the crystals?

Job and I would like any input anybody would share. To all, hang in there. Everyone who reads your posts, sends you support!!!

Avoid Flea Control Medications  

Posted by Georgia (Verona, Va) on 01/13/2013

In August my little dog Sassy, part pom - part shiz zu - started throwing up and becoming weaker and weaker. I took her to the emergency vet on an early Sunday morning thinking I was loosing her. It turned out she was dehydrated and her blood enzymes were elevated three times the normal range which indicated her liver was compromised. Thus began many visits to the vet and various tests including an ultrasound. She actually started to rally and it looked as though we had turned the corner UNTIL the technian at the vet hospital gave her a dose of Capstar, a temporary flea control, as Sassy had fleas when I took her there for the ultrasound and that was their policy. When I found that out I almost lost it. WHAT? You did what? I could have screamed. Sassy's liver had been poisoned by flea products and looking back over the years I can see this was a progressive problem. I did notice that every time I would put the various products - Advantagx, Frontline... whatever - on her neck she would have a bout of just not feeling well and sometimes she would throw up but she would rally around after a day or two. Even when I took her to the groomer the next couple of days she always seemed off.... Now I realize it was because the groomer always bathed her with a flea shampoo. But this time I guess she was just too old to fight the poisons or it had accumulated over time in her liver. I had been arguing with three different vets that this was the problem but they kept insisting that there wasn't enough poison in the treatments to cause this, my vet even gave me flea control shampoo to control the fleas! Well, the Capstar incident proved my point and she started to really go down hill after that and the enzyme levels grew higher and higher. Her eyes and skin turned mustard yellow and the vet called me on Sept. 26th saying she wouldn't make it and to come and get her The vet suggested I take her to the veternairy college in Blacksburg but I had already spent $1200.00 and with just losing my job it just wasn't financially possible to continue. So..... the battle was on.

LOTS of prayer, heavy doses of milk thistle daily and a regimen of syringes of cottage cheese emulsified with cold pressed flaxseed oil (if you know someone battling cancer... And they weren't sure if this wasn't what was really wrong with Sassy.... check out the Budwig Protocol on the internet for how to do the cottage cheese/flaxseed... thousands of people have been helped with this procedure) Many days that's all I could get down her. She still has no appetite and has lost about 4 lbs.... On a sixteen pound dog that is very traumatic. BUT, she's still with me, still mobile, and the other day she actually brought a toy to me to play with her. I give God the praise... He is concerned with what concerns me.

After it was all said and done the vet did admit they had one other incident where they had lost a dog due to flea control products - it's all over the internet if they would bother to look!!! He called me several times afterwards checking to see if she was still alive... I'm looking forward to taking her in there when she regains some of her weight and energy. Anyway, I think Sassy is just one of those dogs that can't tolerate those products. Most animals seem to do fine; however, please know that those products are poison and do accumulate in the liver just like in humans when we drink sodas laced with artificial sweeteners or eat fast food - I'll leave that soap box alone for now.

So, my advice would be to put your animal on milk thistle if you use flea products in the summer..... It's not expensive and might save it's life.

As for fleas..... I don't know the answer. They seem to be a bigger problem each year and I certainly won't be using anymore flea control products. Sassy is highly allergic to them and just one flea will cause her to scratch and bite her skin and be in agony. The vet said to continue bathing her in Dawn dishwashing liquid to keep them down. It's now been 5 months and so far she's beaten the odds - I ask that you continue to agree with me in prayer that she will be granted a few more healthy "doggie" years, for my sake if not for hers.

Update: Sassy urine has turned dark orange. I went online and discovered it's probably due to kidney failure.... I decided to check EarthClinic and discovered dandelion root, aloe vera and ACV. I already had DE on hand for battling fleas but didn't occur to me to use that for detox so now I'm doing a regime of ACV, DE mixed in about an ounce of water and a little honey to help mask the vinegar... I'm doing that every 2 hrs with a syringe plus I give her a syringe of "green juice" that has all sorts of veggies, herbs and of course barley grass and continuing the cottage cheese/flaxseed oil. Will let you know, please pray, it's been a major battle. She's so skinny now she walked out of her harness that use to fit snug. If I thought she was in alot of pain I'd give up.... But not yet!!!!!!

Replied by Renee G.
Vader, Washington

DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR! THAT'S IT! Sorry and dawn dish soap. Give bath with dawn. Then after bath lightly spray 50/50 water and vinegar. Get another bottle and do 100% VINEGAR. Smell goes in 15-30 minutes. Anyway, spray everything! Carpet bed, your bed, sofas, do it every day. More if u want. Not more on pet, once a day is enough, that's it. After a few weeks maybe every other then 2x a week. All year. if u can't bathe cat, put on warm washcloth and rub lightly til cat will allow more but still spray everything.


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4 star (1) 

Posted by Anonymous (Somewhere, Usa) on 08/19/2010
4 out of 5 stars

My baby is a 14 year old mix breed cat. The vet said a few months ago she had kidney failure, gave her special food and didn't know how long she'd last. I put her on a different grain-free food and forced liquids into her. She recovered quickly, but her eyes have been red and she gets that black gunk in the inner corners. After some experimentation it appears that chlorophyll capsules dumped into wet grain-free cat food with extra water added, goat milk, and a raw chicken liver every few days are doing her very well. The liver seems to be helping the eyes the most. Possibly she's anemic. Each item is given on alternate days, and she has free access to grain-free dry food and water. She used to sit next to the water dish with her chin over it, sipping now and then. She doesn't do that anymore. She's a bit wobbly on her hind legs. I'm going to try adding basil to the food and giving the milk with it. She was severely constipated a few weeks ago which hairball remedy did not help, but Miralax cleared. I didn't have to take her to the vet for it. I'd like to give her digestive enzymes to see if it helps. I also minced up dandelion leaves into her wet food for a few days. She liked that. I cut the stems out of the leaves at first.

Replied by Marilyn
If you are still a routine reader after all these years please let me know the maximum dose of chlorophyll considered to be safe for my 10 year old anemic (17%) CRF kitty or would appreciate anyone's advice on helping him to regenerate red blood cells naturally. Thank you all so much!

Marilyn & Lit'l Guy

Posted by Anonymous (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Usa) on 05/06/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Chlorophyll and raw liver helped cat's rapid deterioration

My 15 year old indoor cat was sleeping a lot, thin, lethargic, not eating or drinking, sitting with her chin over the water dish a lot, had difficulty urinating/defecating. Previously the vet said her kidneys were failing and she had to have special vet-only kd formula food. After reading the ingredients in the expensive kd (they were of poor quality) I bought a no-grain food, which she did very well on for a few months. She regained energy and her coat became very fluffy and clean, she put on weight. A few new cats came to live with her and she got sick again, don't know if there's a corelation. I made her drink yogurt, aloe juice, garlic powder, turmeric, basil, a variety of MSM gel, apple cidar vinegar. I mixed the above variously into a couple tablespoons of yogurt and made her drink it from a medicine dropper. She resisted, but if you hold her on her back and press the dropper into the back corner of her mouth she has to swallow it. It didn't seem to do much other than keep her hydrated, so probably plain yogurt and MSM would be the only thing to give. I tried those things because I figured her digestion was messed up somehow, and she had the same symptoms the vet called kidney failure and dehydration. Additionally, I mixed a chlorophyll supplement I'd been taking into her water bowl, and some aloe juice with citric acid into another. She improved overnight. But she would sit with her chin over the water bowl and started getting an infection under her chin from the damp chlorophyll caking into her fur. I took away the chlorophyll water and her health declined again, so I started giving it to her mixed into tuna juice instead, so she drinks it all right away. I quit giving her the yogurt after I noticed the dramatic improvement from the chlorophyll (about 4 days). Once a day/every-other-day I break open a capsule and stir it into a dish of tuna juice, the water kind - not the oil kind, don't give the oil, they say it interferes with vitamin E or something... (Press the juice out of the tuna and set the tuna aside. Don't get the tuna that has broth in the ingredient list, broth is supposedly one of the ways they hide glutamic acid (think MSG) in things. You might want to get the low sodium kind, too. She's had both. She drinks almost a whole can's worth of juice.)She also turned her nose up at raw beef and chicken while she was sick, but she gobbled up raw chicken liver, especially the blood as if she was starving. Raw chicken liver is cheap. They say chlorophyll is like hemoglobin, so maybe that's why it works for her. She's been on the chlorophyll for a month or so now. Her eyes have that black crust on the inner corners, and one eye was watering tonight. But she's going about with her tail up lately (she never was perky, so the tail up is a vast improvement) and comes to the door when I arrive. She also seemed to have a soreness to her hips or lower abdomen which is much improved. I'm going to keep giving it to her for a while, but I have to figure out a way to get her to ingest it without the tuna juice, don't know if that much tuna juice is healthy. She may have been a victim of the tainted pet food, she first got sick shortly after that all happened. Her reflexes and allertness seem to have improved as well, better than before she got sick, even. They say only give raw liver a few times a week because of all the vitamin A in it, or something. She won't eat the chlorophyll if I mix it into gravy or chicken broth, so far just tuna juice.

Chronic Renal Failure Remedies  

Posted by Reuven (Ontario, Canada) on 12/27/2013

Dear Sir/Ms. I have read some post but I am not sure if just herbs or extracts can have a significant positive impact in a progressive illness like feline CRF. Could please let me know which product options would be the best in terms of effectiveness and easy to administer to a cat with CRF? Thank you

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Reuven!

Sorry about your kitty.

Here are some general remedies for you to consider:

*Aloe vera juice – no preservatives - 2-3 ml dosed orally in the morning and the same dose at night. Use syringe to administer if your cat isn't drinking readily on his own.

*ACV in the water – 3 tablespoons per liter; use a syringe to administer if your cat won't drink it. Always dilute the ACV as full strength is unpalatable to your cat and may cause stinging or choking.

*Cold pressed virgin coconut oil - about 1/8 teaspoon, along with 1/8 teaspoon slippery elm bark - both in the wet food, morning and night. [Note; make sure the wet or canned food is a low protien or senior formula]

*Fresh dandelion - half of one small leaf from your garden chopped up fine and added to soft food three times a week, or in fresh is not available use 1/2 a capsule of dried dandelion root. If you can't get your cat to eat the fresh leaf, try putting about 5 drops of dandelion liquid tincture in 4 cups of pure drinking water. **Do not dose undiluted tinctures as they may sting and burn sensitive mouth tissues or cause choking.**

*Standard Process's "feline renal support"- needs to be prescribed by your vet

* Chitosan, a natural, non-toxic fiberous crustacean when given with a meal helps absorb phosphorous that is responsible for nausea with kidney-impaired animals.

* Fish Oil: helps with inflammation

* Dark Turkey Meat: (and the BARF diet) Dark meat has less phosphorous than white meat, so is easier on the kidneys. [Turkey is much easier on animals with CRF than chicken.]

* Phosphatidylcholine - Used clinically to regenerate the liver, kidneys, heart, brain, intestines. It's "important for normal celluar membrane composition and repair", occurs naturally in egg yolk and krill oil, and appears in small quatities in lecithin. (Phosphatidylcholine can be purchased as a supplement with 35% phosphatidylcholine with lecithin. ) Works best when taken with Vitamin C.

Please also check this out for additional ideas and support:

Replied by Butterflyrose
Myrtle Beach, Sc
Hi, what a great post. My cat was just diagnosed last week. Should I try all of these remedies or just 1-2 to start? I am a bit overwhelmed and very upset but will do anything to help my precious cat. Dms5(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thank u so much.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Butterflyrose!

If this were my cat I would certainly try the first two - Aloe Vera juice and ACV- as they are very easy to come by and not expensive; visit your local whole foods grocery or coop or health food store to find them.

*Aloe Vera juice – no preservatives - 2-3 ml dosed orally in the morning and the same dose at night. Use syringe to administer if your cat isn't drinking readily on his own.

*ACV in the water – 3 tablespoons per liter; use a syringe to administer if your cat won't drink it. Always dilute the ACV as full strength is unpalatable to your cat and may cause stinging or choking.

I would then go down the list and consider each remedy carefully; can you obtain it? Is it going to cost you half your paycheck? Does the remedy resonate with you? Sometimes if something doesn't feel right it isn't right - so consider each and go with your gut. Also consider the support forum for additional ideas on how to care for your baby during this next phase of his/her life.

Replied by Butterflyrose
Myrtle Beach, Sc
Theresa, Thank u for fast reply! I'm unemployed so things are very bad. I have ACV already tho because I've taken it for myself for a long time. Is there a particular brand of Alon Vera juice u can recommend. I used to drink it myself when I had horrible reflux. Do u know anything about Azodyl. Vet recommend fed it. It it's expensive. $50 for one month supply! Thank u so much. Ds
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Butterflyrose!

I have no brand of aloe vera juice - so just what you can afford, as long as its pure and no preservatives; if you have a friend with a live plant, see if you can get 1 big leaf [or several] and then squeeze the juice out to see if your cat will take it.

For sure try the ACV.

As for the Azodyl - I am not seeing that it provides any kind of bang for the buck. I would skip it - JMHO.

Replied by Ruth
Santa Fe, Nm
What is the dosage of chitosan? I have cat whose weight fluctuates between 7-8 pounds. He has Irritable bowel syndrome plus CRF. thank you.
Replied by Ruth
Santa Fe, Nm
What is the dosage of chitosan? I have cat whose weight fluctuates between 7-8 pounds. He has Irritable bowel syndrome plus crf. thank you.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Ruth!

Try 1 gram a day - so if you have 500mg capsules give 1 capsule in both the am and pm meals.

Colloidal Silver  

Posted by Tracy (Fort Nelson, Bc, Canada) on 02/03/2013

My 10 yr old cat was very recently diagnosed with beginning of kidney disease. Is is safe to give him colloidial silver in small doses to help combat this problem?

Dandelion Leaves  

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Posted by Anne S-K (Innisfil, Canada) on 11/29/2008
5 out of 5 stars

First of all, I would like to thank the owner/founder and independent contributor for this wonderful site, along with all those those who have provided valuable feedback concerning folk remedies.

Our senior cat Pepper who is about 15 years old developed problems over a year ago, which started with listlessness, loss of appetite/drinking and vomiting. We took her to a Vet and was informed that she was not drinking enough and needed to be rehydrated, so she was kept overnight at the clinic for tests and was rehydrated by IV. The Vet later informed us that because of her age her kidneys were failing and tests showed they were in poor shape, he also said she would need to be on medication and a low protein diet which could only be purchased at the clinic.

After the awful ordeal of having to pop a pill down her throat every day, she showed no improvement and her symtoms actually got worse and she was deteriorating faster and was looking like a bone rack. I tried every kind of food to try to tempt her to eat but she would only eat about a teaspoon of food. It was very upsetting to see her so ill and thin so I returned to the Vet who told me that the kindest thing I could do was to put her to sleep. :( My family and I decided not to go that route and brought her back home.

After extensive researching on the net I found that others pets had gotten worse from this medication so I stopped giving it to her.

I also learned online that dandelion leaves were great for flushing the kidneys and body of toxins, so I started giving her a fresh one from the garden and chopping and mixing some through her soft food.

With the help of organic baby food and a fresh dandelion leaf daily, she slowly regained her appetite and stopped vomiting and was drinking lots of water.

A year later she has now fully regained her weight and is eating her regular crunchies and soft food and has a healthy appetite. The only thing now is she drinks huge amounts of water which I was told was the bodies way of flushing toxins out of the system which is due to her age and failing kidneys.

Two weeks ago she got a bladder infection and was straining to uninate but was only passing small drops, so I reseached the net and found EARTH CLINIC, after one day of giving her organic apple cider vinegar in her soft food and drinking bowl she started to unrinate and has been fine since.

"Another one of mother earths natural remedies"

We are now keeping Pepper on the apple cider vinegar perminately and our new kitten also.

Quess what? she is now also starting to drink normal amounts of water. :D

Thank you again for this wonderful site.
I hope my feedback also helps others.

P.S In winter I add dried dandelion root to Peppers soft food which I purchase in my health food store.

We add 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to her soft food and 1/2 a teaspoon to two cups of her drinking water every day.

fresh dandelion half of one small leaf from my garden chopped up fine and added to soft food three times a week, in winter 1/2 a capsule of dried dandelion root.

If you can't get your cat to eat the fresh leaf, try putting about 5 drops of dandelion liquid tinture in a full bowl of drinking water.

Don't ever administer full strenth cider vinegar or dandelion root directly into your pets mouth.
This would choke them.

Replied by Lisa
Charlotte, NC
I have never been able to hide any liquid in my cat's water. He always seems to sense something is in his water. I will try this, though. If anyone has suggestions let me know.
Replied by Adelynn
What dosage of ACV did you use? how much diluted in what amount of water/food?

Thank you
Replied by Adelynn
Sorry.... Saw that you HAD written the ACV dosage in your post, I just missed it. But then another question: how did you decide on this dosage? Some ppl have tried 50:50, some say 5-7 drops in half a litre of water is safe coz too much can CAUSE kidney stones by pushing the urine's ph too far in the opposite direction... There is too much variation for me to know what might be beneficial for my cat. Anyone can clear this up for me?

Thank you
Replied by Prishen
Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Hi there

I'm from South Africa. My dog had a blood transfusion on Monday 21st November 2011. The vet says she is very pale & perhaps she is anemic & can't produce much red blood cells. This could be a cause from tick bite fever as well. She lost weight, gums became whitish yellow & she also lost her appetite, her belly staryed to swell as well.

Due to her being old, 11 years old the vet say her kidneys are failing & heart is under so much strain.

Can dandelion resolve any of the above? What can help produce or increase red blood cells, what can reduce the high ammonia levels for liver damage?

SOS, please help & please provide your contact numbers and country so I can call you, this can help us all.

Regards, Prishen

27325358081 (H)

27828533730 (M)

South Africa, Durban

Replied by Sunny
Asheville, Nc, Usa
I should begin by expressing my gratitude for this site as I have been using it for months. This is my first entry.

I have a terrific kitty, now 18. He is basically in good health for his age with only a few mouth/tooth problems expected with age. My fears of an official teeth cleaning with anesthesia was understood by my great vet who's manually scraped off chunks of tarter at office visits. "Meaty" was however throwing up every morning with his first meal and sometimes even without food, gagging up stomach fluids which had settled over night. (He ate normally afterwards. ) He has shown signs of kidney weakness. (throwing up, urinating outside the box, thirst, etc.)

Having used herbs myself for years, I began adding aprox. 1-2oz of an herbal tea infusion I drink daily with nettles, dandelion leaves, nettles, oatstraw, red clover and a couple of tea bags of raspberry-green tea to his water bowl. (aprox 1 cup). All are gentle herbs which cleanse and strengthen and the diluted taste isn't an issue at all. Nettles are amazing. (Read about them) Oats settle the stomach. Red Clover has been even known to help and cure cancers.

I can also attest to slippery elm which saved a very small sweet cat I had who had an anal prolapse at age 15. She had survived the dramatic surgery but a hernia prevented bowel movements. She was given very costly enemas at the vet for several months. At first the vet used a soapy water but another hollistic vet suggested slippery elm to be used with the water which would not only empty the bowels but heal the intestines. She was then known as the "miracle cat" at the hospital as she began pooping on her own with ease and lived another 2 years comfortably. (bone cancer got her) I have also given tiny amounts to her, and now Meaty with catfood occasionally. (1/8-1/4 teas.)

Replied by Anne
Tucson, Az
5 out of 5 stars

I dont mess around, my cat gets ACV and water twice a day in large eye dropper...I simply explain to him it is going to make him better and live happier, give him a big we go, then praise him and tell him how good he did...then I flush 2 eye droppers of water to flush...tell him again , good boy...done deal..movin on

Dietary Changes  

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Posted by Gail (Colorado Springs, Colorado) on 03/05/2010
5 out of 5 stars

My 10 yo choc lab was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease about 8 mos ago. The vet put him on the prescription diet KD. He was on that for about 4 weeks and had to go back for blood work. The vet said there was slight changes and to keep him on this food. He said I would start to notice changes in my dog in about 6 mos time and that this disease usually ends a dogs life within 18 mos. I searched the internet and read hour after hour and decided to try a diet I had seen several times on different posts.

This is the combination:

1 cup cooked white rice, 1 lb cooked ground beef with a higher fat content, 1 cooked boiled egg, 1 slice of white bread. Mix together. For my choc lab who is about 75 lbs, I give 2 cups twice a day. I also give him one omega 3 fish oil capsule once a day. I have also now started to incorporate cut up green beans with the mix.

When he started out, his breath smelled of urine and his coat was dull and the hair was coming out in clumps. 8 mos later, he no longer smells of urine, his coat is shiny and no hair loss. He eats like a horse and plays with his toys again. He has shown no signs of kidney failure up to this point when he should be starting to show signs of the disease according to the vet. I am hopeful that continuing on this diet will keep him healthy. This is my experience and I hope it helps others as well.

Replied by Fiona
London, England
5 out of 5 stars

@Gail from Colorado Springs, Colorado

Well done for taking such good care of your dog. I just wanted to say please look into the benefits of wholegrain brown rice and bread. White rice and flour/bread are so refined there is no nourishment in them and they will do more harm than good in anyone's diet.

Best wishes, Fi

Replied by Carolyn
Evergreen, Co
Brown rice and whole grains are too high in phosphorus for kidney pets. Certainly they are more nutritious, but we are dealing w/ kidneys that cannot process phosphorus. Phos is shown to advance kidney disease more than anything else. Hence, the "white" breads and grains.

Anyone needing support is welcome to join my group for CRF dogs and cats on FB:

Replied by Flowers Mom
Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm
I too have a CRF dog, Blue, my blue heeler whom I rescued 10 years ago. She had a hard life and as a result, developed kidney problems. The vet wanted her to go on the Hill's KD diet, but she would not eat the awful smelly gray stuff, so I did my own research and now I home cook for all 4 of my dogs. Most vets claim that a low protein diet is necessary for CRF dogs, however, it is actually the phosphorus, not the protein that needs to be low. Low phosphorus protein sources include poultry and fish. It is also important to increase the calcium so I add either eggshells or bone meal to the mix. I use a recipe very similar to Gail's, but I add some oats instead of the bread. I also add green beans and fish oil. We also harvest a free range buffalo every year and so I include some of the organ meat in the mix every so often. They love this! Anyway, all my dogs have benefited from this diet, which included losing excess weight, curing allergies, and they all have shiny coats, bright eyes and lots of energy! I hope this is helpful. Mom of Flower, Lady, Blue and Buddy

Dietary Changes, Supplements  

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Posted by Lyn (Camino, Ca) on 03/14/2013
5 out of 5 stars

November last year, I took my kitty, Bandit (15), to a well respected Vet. After $700 worth of services Bandit was pronounced to have Chronic Renal Failure. I was given (or rather sold) a $24 8lb bag of Science Diet K/D, Cannned K/D food and told to take him home and more or less wait for him to expire. I'm a Biochemistry/Nutrition Major from Canada, and I knew there must be more to it than what they were telling me. From the name of this disease, I was in shock and expected my Bandit to be leaving me in just days. Don't we usually expire when our organs are pronounced in "failure" mode. Well, thank God for internet. I researched, found a wonderful alternative pet healer in the area, threw the K/D out (after reading the label, one of the first ingredients was gluten) and started Bandit and by now, another one of my kitty's, Cupcake on a partial raw food diet. The practitioner worked her magic on him using Bowen, and gave me Potassium citrate, to give him. I also supplement him with Taurine, and Standard Process's "feline renal support" along with a few other things like Noni juice. He is so active and his spunky attitude is back, Cupcake is right now basking in the warm California sun and just for today, they are enjoying a high quality of life.

I wrote this same experience on a site that I signed up for when I first started researching CRF. I began receiving at least 25 to 40 emails a day, all incredibly depressing. I kept my mouth shut, or keys still since November, but yesterday, shot off my own email telling my experince with the Vet, K/D, and all the information above. My email was censored and I received a firm slap on the fingers/wrists for "bashing" K/D. I'm beginning to wonder who is behind this website. I'm adding organic apple Cider Vinegar to my kitty's water today, and hope to hear other helpful tips on keeping my kitty's at a high quality of life. I know they don't live as long as us, so while they are here teaching me all of the lessons of life I learn from them, I want to do right by them Thank you, Lyn

Replied by Butterflyrose
Myrtle Beach, Sc
Please tell me exactly what was in your cats food.... Raw what? How much?

I struggle hard with depression and am easily overwhelmed. Getting the CRF diagnosis for my baby cat is killing me. Please write back if u can.

Fish oil given how? What dosage?

She's lost 2.5 lbs at least now. Hates taking pills. I hope someone will see this and help me. Thanks greatly. Ds

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Butterflyrose!

The post about RAW diet you are responding to is nearly 1 year old; chances are slim the original poster will reply.

Please read up on making a home made renal diet for your kitty here: