My old cat is losing weight fast?
He is 15 this year and started puking about four months ago and the vet said he had kidney failure. We elected not to have him scanned for cancer - there didn't seem much point in paying for the scan when it wouldn't be treatable either way.So we stopped giving him dried food and now feed him only on the tinned stuff as he can't digest the dry stuff.He currently eats 4-5 of those little 85g tins a day but in the last four month's he's gotten very skinny even though that's twice what he used to eat when he was healthy and he now only seems to throw up once every week or so (he's an outdoor cat so he may be throwing up discretely elsewhere, but I doubt it as he's too arthritic to go far). He also seems to be losing a lot of fur but there are no bald patches yet.We tried worming him just in case that was contributing to the weight loss but it doesn't appear to have made a difference.I know he's dying from the kidney failure but I guess the question is... what can I do to make him more comfortable? He still seems to be generally content and likes a good cuddle as much as he always did so I don't think it's sleep time yet but I hate seeing him so thin. He looks like a street cat! Is there anything I can do for him?
Posted 3 years ago in Arthritis by FlicHead
Kidney failure or kidney disease? Big difference.If this is crf there is a lot you can doIf your cat is not in final stages, this is not want you want to do. You do not want to put your cat on theVets low protein diet. There are simply so many better options out there than to hand the poor cat a low amount of poor quality protein - which often results in a poor appetite and muscle wasting since the body is now robbing its own muscle mass to feed itself a decent quality and amount of protein.. There are new thoughts on this and the thinking is it is not the amount of protein but the quality of protein that matters.The Merck veterinary manual [www.merckvetmanual.com] says that cats need "4 g of protein of high biologic value per kg body wt/day". That's about 7 calories from protein per pound body weight per day. If a cat isn't a good eater and consumes, say, 20 calories per pound per day, then 7/20 = 35% of calories can safely be from protein. It must be high quality protein, which means meat, milk, and eggs, and not grain or soy. I am under the assumption that you have been feeding mostly dry foods. Many use a vegetable based protein instead of animal and that is part of the problem.. Your cat needs protein as it is a carnivore and cutting down on it will lead to other health issues and may cause faster degeneration.You want to cut down on phosphorous (no fish allowed now) The best way to do this is with a raw diet which you can make yourself or buy. (Making yourself is better) link provided at the bottomIf you are unwilling to do that then something like the non fish flavors of Wellness or Merrick with NO grains are good alternatives. Wysong is also a good canned choice. This list gives a breakdown. Remember you want low phosphorous http://binkyspage.tripod.com/CanFoodOld.http://binkyspage.tripod.com/CanFoodNew.You should be giving sub-Q fluids as needed.You also will want to look into phosphorous binders. Something like aluminum hydroxideAsk your vet or look into calcitrolYou may want to talk to the vet about having injectable Pepcid AC on hand or you can buy it in pill form (ac not plain pepcid) and give 1/4 tab for stomach upset which happens a lot in crf cats due to acid in the stomach.I hope this stuff helps, here are many links for youPlease read this about diethttp://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?acMaking cat foodhttp://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htmother links. Read, read, read!!!!http://www.felineoutreach.org/EducationDhttp://www.marvistavet.com/html/kidney_fhttp://www.felinecrf.org/cAbout that vets diet. This report is for dogs but applies to catshttp://mousabilities.com/nutrition/crf/bhttp://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Opera/21
My two 16 year old cats developed a thyroid condition called "failure to thrive" No matter how much they ate, and they were hungry all the time, the could not gain weight, nor could they satisfy the'ir hunger. It' s a possiblity that medicine could help, but is is expensive and thje poor boys were pretty frail. There was nothing to do. They died peacefully in my arms, together, as they always were. It is never a good time to say godbye. They just don't live long enough..Please accept my prayers and sympathy for your problems...and love to your cat.
Kidney disease can be controlled with medication and low protein diet,so what is he eating? he needs a special diet of low protein as high protein will cause further damage to his kidneys,kidney failure causes rapid weight loss and they get so skinny they are weight less when picked up,and their skin looks transparent when you examine them,look at his fur and check his skin especially by his heart,my cat had kidney failure at 15 years old,i could actually see her heart beating through the skin as she lost all body muscle,other symptoms of failure are yellowing of the gums bad breath and reluctance to eat,this is because at its final stages it causes ulcers in the mouth and throat, so cats don't want to eat as it hurts,so i feel its best to get him checked again to see what stage it is at as no amount of feeding will help if its his condition making him lose weight,worming wont help either as he wouldn't lose so much weight that quickly with worms,so if you get him checked ask the vet about special low protein diet for him,and they can check if any medication dosage needs changing,in the meantime make him comfortable and cosy it would be best to keep him in more if he is so skinny,as he would be too weak to defend himself.
i think its a personal decision for u to make,if ur vet has checked him and done all they can to help then it really is ur choice as the person who knows and loves him the most u will know in ur heart the right time to let him go, sad times,kindest wishes
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