Posted By Farley
Did you know kidney disease is one of the biggest ailments that takes the lives of cats? Cat experts say most cats will either succumb to kidney disease, cancer or an infectious disease like feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) if they make it to an older age. Two of my now-deceased feline siblings died because of these health issues. My oldest brother Elton Scoobie was first diagnosed with cancer at the age of 19, but it was kidney disease that took his life at 25. My sister Archie died of kidney disease at the age of 12.
When I came along in 2015 as an eight week old kitten, I was diagnosed with idiopathic cystitis, which is basically a bladder infection. One day I just started straining to pee and blood came out everywhere. Once I was rushed to the doctor, they also found crystals in my urine. My veterinarian immediately told my mom to switch me to a very expensive, wet prescription food and make sure I drank a lot of water. Since I am food motivated, I loved the wet food because it was so much tastier than the dry food. (I guess this is unusual because most cats absolutely hate the taste of urinary prescription food.) I eat everything that looks like food so it doesn't bother me.
My human noticed that I wasn't drinking any water. She would put water in front of my face but I wanted nothing to do with it. It tasted boring and just did not look appealing, besides my dog sister would often drink out of it and there was always slobbery goo in it. Finally, my mom got an idea... how about adding warm water to my wet food? That worked! It was like a soupy stew and I would just slop it up. She also heard cranberry was good for pets with urinary issues so she added some cranberry powdered supplement to the concoction as well. That worked as well... I slopped up everything.
Fast forward about two years later and I am still eating the stuff. But recently my mom noticed some scabbing and irritation underneath my mouth. She figured out it was from me cleaning myself after eating the slobbery stew. I would often stick my whole face in the bowl and I would get really messy. I would use my paw to clean myself but I think I must have rubbed my chin too hard... as there was no fur growing and it was scabbing. When mom started cleaning me with a pet wet wipe after I eat, she noticed there was a little blood as well.
She consulted a veterinarian, who told her to make my food less soupy so I wouldn't get so messy. She also suggested I get a water fountain. In a weird case of deja vu, the Petmate Company sent me an email asking me if I would review their new Fresh Flow® Rain Fountain for cats. Of course I said yes and within a week, a complimentary one was at my front doorstep.Read more...