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We lost Tigger to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD, used to be CRF) last year at the age of 14. From diagnosis until we lost her was a good two years though. It progresses at different rates in different cats and the diet does help. There are others things you can do to help and there is a wealth of information (probably more than you ever imagined!) and a really supportive Yahoo Group (similar to a forum but older and slower LOL) on Tanya's CRF Site:

 

http://felinecrf.org/index.htm

 

The best page to start on is http://felinecrf.org/just_diagnosed.htm

 

There are several other renal diets available and Hills may just be your vet's preference. There's lots of information about diets on Tanya's website (some renal diets are better than others!). Tigger always had Royal Canin Renal food which we found cheapest from PetMeds:

 

http://www.petmeds.co.uk/p-501-royal-canin-clinical-renal-cat-pouches.aspx

http://www.petmeds.co.uk/p-502-royal-canin-renal-cat.aspx

 

Tigger mainly had the dry food as she had always eaten dry food and only tended to lick the jelly/gravy off any wet food. Sometimes she'd have a sachet if she went off the dry food for a day or so. They also do a 'Special' version which is supposed to be more palatable if your cat is particularly fussy (Tigger never was!)

 

Feel free to message me if you'd like more information or just a chat :)

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thanks for the replies :D

 

and the links :D

 

Ive found it on Amazon too :shock: (that company sells everything!!! :lol: ) and I can do it on one click, its similar prices too :D

 

ive ordered her a water fountain too :D

 

luckily she loves the food :dance: or we would have had a battle.

 

now ive got 2 packets of dried food and 2 boxes of sachets that are going direct to the animal rescue place, I should just give them donations, the amount ive sent them :lol:

 

cathy

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Sorry to hear about her diagnosis, but at least you caught it early...according to my vet, if a cat makes it to a good age (rather than being killed on the road or the like) then it's fairly par for the course.

 

My cat Holly was diagnosed at the age of 15 and with the special diet, and then additional pills for the last year, she lasted until the grand old age of 19. Great quality of life as well - she was playing like a kitten and eating like a horse right up until the last week where she deteriorated and was peacefully PTS. So hopefully your girl will start to feel better soon and will be with you for a long while yet!

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Oh and she did love her water fountain as well! After a few goes with smaller cat fountains with small capacity, we finally ended up with a dog water fountain which has a 2 litre capacity and has been going strong for 4 years now.

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Sorry to hear about Piper cat's diagnosis. Max, our furry monster, has had kidney disease for about 9 years (he's nearly 16 now) and we've found that, as well as the Hill's kd food, he will eat Canin Renal support wet, and dried, food (and they do tuna flavour which is his favourite). It's also expensive but I've found it useful to be able to vary his diet a bit because at times he's been reluctant to eat (possibly when he wasn't feeling too good). Hope things go really well for Piper cat.

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I didnt realise that there were other food options :D I might get her some others so she doesnt get bored with her food

 

thanks :D

 

cathy

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My mum had a cat with kidney problems, he had Hills dry food and it made all the difference, he went on to live for several more happy years.

 

Hugs to you and Piperkit.

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