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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.
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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!
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
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Posted by Peggy McAllister (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) on 03/16/2009
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 best...no 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.
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Posted by Linda (Browns Mills, NJ, USA) on 01/17/2009
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!
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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 so..here is hoping.
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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.
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!!!
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!!!!!!
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Posted by Anonymous (Somewhere, Usa) on 08/19/2010
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.
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Posted by Anonymous (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Usa) on 05/06/2010
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.
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
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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?
Posted by Anne S-K (Innisfil, Canada) on 11/29/2008
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.
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Posted by Gail (Colorado Springs, Colorado) on 03/05/2010
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.
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Posted by Lyn (Camino, Ca) on 03/14/2013
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
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