What You Need to Know
What Happens in
Causes of CKD
How Bad is It?
Is There Any
Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid
The Importance of
All About Constipation
Coping with CKD
Tanya's Support Group
Alphabetical List of Symptoms and Treatments
and Urinary Imbalances (Dehydration, Overhydration and Urinary
Waste Product Regulation Imbalances (Vomiting, Appetite Loss, Excess
Stomach Acid, Gastro-intestinal Problems, Mouth Ulcers Etc.)
Phosphorus and Calcium Imbalances
(Pain, Hiding Etc.)
WHAT DO ALL THE TEST RESULTS MEAN?
Blood Chemistry: Kidney Function, Potassium, Other Tests
(ALT, Amylase, (Cholesterol, Etc.)
Complete Blood Count (CBC):
Red and White Blood Cells: Anaemia and Infection
Urinalysis (Urine Tests)
Other Tests: Ultrasound, Biopsy, X-rays etc.
Renomegaly (Enlarged Kidneys)
Tests to Have and Frequency of Testing
Factors that Affect Test Results
International and US Measuring Systems
Which Treatments are Essential
Finding a Good Vet and Record Keeping
Fluid and Urinary Issues (Fluid Retention, Infections, Incontinence,
Waste Product Regulation
(Mouth Ulcers, GI Bleeding,
Adsorbents, Azodyl, Astro's CRF Oil)
Phosphorus, Calcium and PTH (Calcitriol)
Miscellaneous Treatments: Stem Cell
Transplants, ACE Inhibitors - Fortekor, Steroids, Kidney Transplants)
Antibiotics and Painkillers
Holistic Treatments (Including Slippery Elm Bark)
ESAs (Aranesp, Epogen etc.) for Severe Anaemia
General Health Issues in a CKD Cat: Fleas, Arthritis, Dementia,
Medicating Your Cat
Obtaining Supplies Cheaply in the UK, USA and Canada
Working with Your Vet
DIET & NUTRITION
Nutritional Requirements of CKD Cats
The B Vitamins (Including
What to Feed (and What to Avoid)
Persuading Your Cat to Eat
Food Data Tables
Canned Food Data
Dry Food Data
Cat Food Manufacturers
Canned Food Data
Dry Food Data
UK Cat Food Manufacturers
2007 Food Recall USA
Tips on Giving
to Give Subcutaneous Fluids with a Giving Set
to Give Subcutaneous Fluids with a Syringe
Subcutaneous Fluids - Winning Your Vet's Support
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
OBTAINING SUPPLIES CHEAPLY
Coping with Your Loss
Other People's Losses
Other Illnesses (Cancer, Liver) and
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I admit I don't make it overly easy to contact me.
That is because I run this website single-handedly, and I receive so
much mail these days that I often struggle to keep up with my
So please do read my comments below before you contact me, because it
may not be necessary for you to do so, which could save us both some
The Name Issue
I'm afraid this might embarrass some of you, which is
not my intention, but I really feel it's time I clarified this. My name is actually Helen, not Tanya. Tanya was my first CKD cat, in whose honour
and memory the site was named. I do answer the many e-mails I receive
which are addressed to Tanya, but it is kind of strange masquerading as
a blue Persian cat.
When to Contact Me
Please do not hesitate to contact me if:
any of the links are broken. Please don't do this until the end of April
2012 - I know many of them are broken following the site review, so I'm slowly
working my way through them. If you're looking for pages which have moved, the Stomach Acid page is now at
Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid. Erythropoietin is at
Unfortunately I am not in a position to offer
ongoing assistance. I'm afraid I'm atrociously bad at answering e-mails
promptly - my priority is to maintain this site and run
Tanya's CRF Support Group.
free to join the group if you need ongoing help, or just want to talk to
others who understand - it can
give you a faster response than I usually offer, and can provide ongoing
Sometimes people give me a telephone number and ask me to call them. I
regret that I am unable to do this, I can't afford the time or the cost of
what are usually international phone calls. I don't give out my own phone
number for privacy reasons and because I do need to sleep occasionally.
Looking for a UK Vet Who Permits Sub-Qs?
you are looking for a UK vet who
might be able to work with you and allow you to give your cat sub-Qs if
appropriate, please join
Tanya's CRF Support Group,
which I run. I am not always able to respond promptly to e-mails, so this
is the quickest way of finding a vet.
In your first post, please state
where you are located (your nearest large town or county) and that you are
looking for a vet. There are a
number of British members who may be able to give you a personal
If there is a vet in your area on my private list of vets (not all of them
want their details publicly available online), I or one of the group
moderators will also contact you privately with details.
If You Think The Food Data Tables Are
Ah yes, the food data tables. Several times a week people write to tell
me something in the tables is wrong (and some of these people are really quite rude). So far, only
three times in 18 months have my correspondents been correct. The others
simply misunderstood the basis
of the tables, but it takes up a lot of my time answering these e-mails
because I have to go and re-check my data and then write an e-mail
explaining how I calculated my figures.
So if you think you have found a food which is low in phosphorus, or if
you think I've got the wrong data about a food, please be sure
that you understand the basis on which my food data tables are calculated before writing to tell me about it.
My tables are calculated on the basis of dry matter analysis (DMA). The labels on the cans in the USA do
not provide information on a DMA basis. Therefore that
apparently low level of phosphorus, such as in Weruva - why does everybody
write to me about Weruva in particular? - which supposedly has a
phosphorus level of only 0.17% but which it does not on a DMA basis, is unfortunately unlikely to be accurate.
In fact, in the USA, under AAFCO guidelines a commercial food cannot be labelled as a complete
if it contains less than 0.5%
phosphorus on a DMA basis. I know it's very complicated! The
Food Data Tables
page tries to explain all this in an understandable way.
Of course, you might be right! So if you've read how I calculate the data
and you still think I'm wrong, please let me know. I hate it when
information on the site is not accurate!
If you want to ask me a question, please do
following before contacting me:
check on the
Site Overview page
if you're having trouble finding something.
This site is incredibly comprehensive, and in at least 95% of cases, the
answers to the questions I am asked are already available on the site. I do already cover
Astro's CRF Oil,
Don't waste your money buying
I'm afraid I am not currently able to add any
stories to the Other People's Losses or Success Stories pages. I am always
happy to read about other people's cats, but I am in the middle of a major
site review, so I am not adding to these pages at this time.
if you use some kind of challenge/response
system (e.g. earthlink, spamarrest), please whitelist my e-mail address
you write to me, because I won't take the time to add myself to your
whitelist. I do
answer everyone (except spammers) eventually, so if you use one of these systems and I don't appear to have
responded, chances are that I have responded but refused to whitelist
THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT: if your cat is very sick, or his/her condition
has suddenly worsened, you need to contact a qualified vet immediately.
The internet can never be a substitute for a qualified vet who can
physically examine and treat a sick cat.
Thus far I have received offers to translate my
website into French, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese and Turkish.
Whilst I greatly appreciate these kind offers, I am unfortunately unable
to accept these or any other offers of translation. This is for three
It is extremely important to me to know that
any information provided in my name is as accurate as possible. I allowed
my site to be translated into German because I am a qualified translator
from German and thus am able to judge the accuracy of the translation. I
am not able to do this for any other languages, and I therefore cannot
permit any other translations.
This site is extraordinarily comprehensive. The
English version of the site is now over 600 pages
long. This would be a big task even for a professional translator, let
alone for an unpaid volunteer.
I usually update this site weekly, sometimes daily. This entails me remembering to
send amendments to my German translators, waiting for their responses,
then checking their amendments are accurate and adding them to the site.
This doubles my workload, and having to do this for even more languages
would only add further to my workload and stress levels.
I have decided that a reasonable compromise would be to host
translations of the
Issues page in various languages here on the website. I will be
looking into doing this towards the end of 2012. If you would like to help, please
In the meantime, please do not consider translating my site
without my knowledge or permission. It is a breach of my copyright to do
so. This site is a labour of love for me, a work which I freely make
available in two languages to people in need of help. I do not make any
money from it, and unauthorised translations, whether for profit or
otherwise, are essentially theft.
Thank you for visiting, and I wish you all the success
in the world in helping your cat. .
Please click on the black cat to send me an
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last updated: 17 January 2012