NORMAN — Dear Dr. Fox: I am a huge fan of your work and advice. I have had a heck of a year since March: I’ve lost five cats. I lost three cats within three months of each other and two to kidney failure.
Now, another cat is diagnosed with severe kidney failure (9.9 creatine levels). We’ve gotten a grim prognosis from the vet. I am giving him fluids every other day, but he is losing weight and not eating much. I have many questions.
Why this is happening? And how? And what can I do? These cats are not old. They are 11 to 13 years old.
Sadly, by the time you see them heavily drinking water, it is too late. This has been my experience. They say that by this point, 70 percent of kidney function is gone. Is it the water, the litter, the food? Should I have been giving them raw food?
I rescue, trap, spay and neuter strays. I see the crap food they get from volunteers. I coddle, make their food and give them herbs and nutrients. I am frustrated and need to talk to a professional natural doctor of veterinary medicine.
My regular vet has no answers, just a diagnosis and blood work results. A statistic says it is the No. 1 reason for cat illness and death. I am an herbalist. I try to do things right, but I must be doing things wrong.
I know my cat with kidney failure now will die, and I will agonize over his decline and weight loss and ultimately have to put him to sleep when all hope is gone, just like the others.
Update: Blue passed away a week before Christmas — he was not eating and was suffering.
Noted herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy suggested giving cats sea kelp, coconut oil, a raw diet and lots of sun and “wildness” in their life, along with limited vaccines, chemicals, flea treatments, etc.