December 14, 2019

If you are facing a diagnosis of kidney failure in your own cat it’s like a blow to the gut. I thought my whole world had ended the day I got the call with the confirmation. Olaf (my three and half year old snowshoe cat) had failing kidneys, he would need to be hospitalized. We pursued every treatment option we were suggested by our vets. He got x-rays, ultrasounds, blood tests for medications, the whole works. However, there was a common echo of cats that are young just don’t get Kidney Disease. I knew we were not a common case so I turned to the internet to find answers. I was so happy to uncover several homeopathic treatments for cats with kidney failure.

Thanks to the wonderful folks of this Facebook group on Feline Chronic Kidney Disease support I was able to connect with many others like me. I was able to get hope that with proper care we could hopefully stabilize our Olaf and spend some more time with him. If you are battling this disease I highly recommend getting the support of the folks over here.

After talking with many in the group I began to discover supplements that may help Olaf. So I ordered away, anything that others had success with I ordered after running by my vet. My vet kinda gave me a questioning look like I was crazy but she cleared everything I threw at her. I think I have amazed her with Olafs progress. She originally said he may only live a week! So in honor of all the other Olafs out there here is a look at the supplements we have tried with him and why we opted to give it a go!

Disclaimer: Before starting your cat on any supplements (just like you as human would) you should always consult with your vetrianan. They can confirm that it won’t interact with any of your cats medications or conditions. We also like letting our vet to review the brands ingredients for anything that wouldn’t be safe for cats. The FDA does not monitor any of these supplements, same with human supplements so it’s best to be safe. 

Omega-3 for Cats with Kidney Failure

There are many options when hunting out an Omega 3. Our vet first recommended Nordic Naturals. It was pretty good and easy to give as it came in liquid so we mixed it right into his food. However the wonderful owner of the Facebook group I was mentioning earlier told me about Moxxor omega-3 and I had to give a try (spoiler it’s all we use in this house now). Moxxor has just 3 ingredients: greenlip mussle oil, kiwifruit seed oil and grapeseed oil. It’s simple yet powerful. Also if you have pet with seafood allergies you can still use this product since they remove.

A little more on all the rave around Greenlip Mussels. The New Zealand Greenlip Mussel contains a full spectrum of 18 omega-3’s, in contrast to a fractionated extract of just one or two omega-3’s. This unique source of omega-3 is absolutely pure and toxin-free. So now you can see why people are paying extra for this type of omega-3.

Link to the Omega-3 we buy. 

CBD Oil

Okay before you get all skeptical, cause I was when this was recommended, yes this is legal in all 50 US States. The brand we use, CBD Pet,  contains extremely small amounts of the THC cannabinoid. This is good and key when shopping brands because THC is unhealthy to both cats and dogs in large doses. This helps ease any fears of “overdosing” animals using CBDPet. Their oil is batch-tested to ensure THC levels remain far below 1%.

Here are just some of the things that CBD oil can help with:

  • Appetite
  • Anxiety and mood
  • Pain
  • Energy levels
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Inflammation
  • Anxiety and mood
  • Hip dysplasia or arthritis
  • Tumors or growths
  • Improved quality of life

Whew okay now that list is long! We added this one to Olaf’s lineup when he started getting a little aggressive with his siblings. He acts like the alpha male but he was taking it farther than normal. Fighting can be a sign of pain in cats and I definitely wasn’t sitting easy knowing he could be hurting. I mean one of his kidneys was jumbo and the other is undersized couldn’t be the best feeling right?

Shop the CBD Pet Oil we buy

Milk Thistle for Kidney Support

Scientific studies on milk thistles show that it contain strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxifying properties it also promotes cellular regeneration and repair. Should like a miracle drug, no? This herb helps remove toxic chemicals that can accumulate in your cat’s system with renal failure. It is one of the few herbs with no equivalent in conventional medicine!

Link to the Milk Thistle we buy

NOTE: This medicine needs to stay refrigerated after opening.

Turmeric for Kidney Support

When I saw this recommendation I was reminded of how much this helped me when I was battling stomach issues. For those of you unfamiliar with turmeric here is some more information on it.

Turmeric is a spice and herb that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic (5000 year old holistic health system from India) and Chines medicine.  Turmeric has a distinct yellow color, it is traditionally used as spice in Indian cooking and is also used to enhance the color of mustard in western countries. It is considered to be a super food, and one that can be used for your cat.

So why turmeric for cats with loss of kidney function? It’s a great anti inflammatory which is something we are always looking for with Kidney Disease. A common side affect can be urinary tract infections which are so dangerous in cats. If your cat is anemic this may not be the best route as it is considered a mild anticoagulant.

Shop the Turmeric we buy. 

NOTE: This medicine needs to stay refrigerated after opening.

Tripsy for Kidney Support

Tripsy helps to maintain a healthy urinary tract. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, bladder and the pathways between them. Now you probably see why this one made the list! However the key feature that appealed to me was that Tripsy is an aid for flushing kidney stones. During a trip to the specialist the vet suggested he thought that our cat had a blockage at the base of the kidney. Now he couldn’t confirm a stone vs. scar tissue vs. something else but I figured why not try.

Link to the Tripsy we buy

NOTE: This medicine needs to stay refrigerated after opening.

Vetoquinol Azodyl

Azodyl is a breakthroughsupplement that supports kidney function in dogs and cats. Azodyl contains a blend of naturally-occurring friendly bacteria (commonly known as probiotics) that can help support kidney function. Basically these magical strains of bacteria feed off of the waste buildup that is happening in your cat’s body and help them feel better.

The downside to this one, it’s a pill and while it is small it must be swallowed whole. Pill pockets on this size didn’t seem to work on our cat so we had to get creative. I crush pure bits (shrimp and duck are his weakness) and mix the pill in with that and he thankfully is so excited for the treats he gobbles them down along with the pill. If you cat is receptive to being pilled that is always an option too.

Shop Azdoyl

NOTE: This medicine needs to stay refrigerated to keep the bacteria alive. It is pricey so don’t be a fool and leave it out on the counter like me.

Progress with Kidney Supplements

We really never know what is going to happen next when battling this disease. I am thankful for all the extra time I have had with Olaf so far. This whole journey has also taught me so much about cats and some of the common practices that weren’t the greatest for cats. I love that there are natural things that can help with the conditions our cats currently face.

So far we have ben able to use this supplements in combination with a couple of prescriptions (potassium and blood pressure) to keep his numbers from spiking again.

If you are battling this wicked disease and have any experience with any supplements please share in the comment section. The more we share the more we can all learn and hopefully all have some happier healthier pets.

Homepathic Treatments for Kidney Disease in cats

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