Introducing the winner of our Braveheart Award February 2017: BONNIE
Breed: Domestic short haired cat
Age: 18 years
Bonnie was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in July 2014. The kidneys are responsible for: helping maintain fluid balance in the body; producing certain hormones; regulating many electrolytes in the body; and excreting waste products (via urine).
Although CKD is not a curable or reversible disease, appropriate support and treatment can both increase the quality of life, and prolong life by slowing down the progression of the disease.
CKD is one of the most common conditions affecting older cats, and in most cases is progressive over time so that there is a gradual decline and worsening of the disease.
Bonnie was started on a diet specifically tailored for kidney disease. She had a choice of flavours but salmon was her favourite, and still is!
Each individual case of kidney disease may need additional support along with the diet.
Bonnie comes into the surgery every 6 months to have blood and urine tests performed to check the progression of the kidney disease.
2 years after diagnosis Bonnie’s blood and urine results indicated minimal changes in the progression of the kidney disease.
Then more recently in September of 2016 Bonnie’s owners were concerned that she was ‘slowing down’, losing weight and not eating as much anymore.
At this stage we suggested to try sub-cutaneous fluid therapy to help manage dehydration. She was also given an appetite stimulant to help her to continue eating the important renal diet.
Sub-cutaneous fluid administration is the term used to describe giving fluids into the space under the skin using a needle (sub-cutaneous tissue) from where it can be slowly absorbed into the blood and body.
Cats are more likely to become dehydrated with renal disease. The aim of the sub-cutaneous fluids is to help with dehydration and make Bonnie feel much better. Bonnie now has regular trips to see us for sub-cutaneous fluid therapy twice a week.
She is a very patient cat, and tolerates the fluids very well. She now feels so much better and her owner is very happy to continue bringing her in for sub-cutaneous fluids.
We will also continue to check her blood and urine every 6 months to see if there has been any progression of the kidney disease.
WELL DONE BONNIE!
For further information about kidney disease in cats see International Cat Care