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Is There Any Hope?

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Percentage of Function Lost
Cat Who is in Crisis
Treat the Cat, Not the Numbers
So Is There Any Hope?
If Your Vet Recommends Euthanasia
If Bloodwork Worsens Suddenly
Factors Affecting the Prognosis
Scenarios You May Be Facing
If Bloodwork Worsens Suddenly
What Do the Numbers Mean?
Cat Who is Not in Crisis

Survival Times
Overview
  • This is another of those questions which virtually everybody asks themselves as soon as they get the diagnosis.
  • In most cases, the answer to this question is yes.
  • This page tries to explain the various scenarios you may be facing and how to increase your cat's chances in each of these varying situations.
Percentage of Function Lost
Many people fear the worst because their vet has said their cat has lost a massive amount of kidney function so they think there is little hope. How Bad Is It? explains why it is actually normal not to be able to diagnose CKD until at least two thirds of kidney function has gone.

Even if your cat has lost over 90% of function, there may still be hope: Renal dysfunction in small animals (2016) Brown SA Merck Veterinary Manual says "With appropriate therapy, animals can survive for long periods with only a small fraction of functional renal tissue, perhaps 5%-8% in dogs and cats."


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TREATING YOUR CAT WITHOUT VETERINARY ADVICE CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

I have tried very hard to ensure that the information provided in this website is accurate, but I am NOT a vet, just an ordinary person who has lived through CKD with three cats. This website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat any cat. Before trying any of the treatments described herein, you MUST consult a qualified veterinarian and obtain professional advice on the correct regimen for your cat and his or her particular requirements; and you should only use any treatments described here with the full knowledge and approval of your vet. No responsibility can be accepted.
 
If your cat appears to be in pain or distress, do not waste time on the internet, contact your vet immediately.

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