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    Assisting Impaired Kidneys
    My cat Oliver is almost 19 years old. He was diagnosed with renal disease 6 years ago. He’s still doing well, however the kidneys have over time become progressively worse.

    There are several diets that I have tried and tested on my cat Oliver. The cooked diets have failed, as he prefers raw, however I do believe there is a place for cooked foods especially when faced with a sick cat that has a loss of appetite. Author of ‘The Holistic Cat, advices that whatever the diet, there are several additions that should be incorporated into the diet to assist the renal failure.

    They include:

    - Lots of greens, including peas, red clover, spirulina, barley and wheat grass, sea greens (to boost immune system, supply vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and amino acids whilst detoxifying the body.)

    Dandelion leaves (which act as a natural diuretic assisting to flush the kidneys) I sprinkle an 1/8 of a capsule into his food or make a weak dandelion tea twice a week, which I put into his drinking water.

    - Probiotics (increase absorption of essential nutrients, kill harmful bacteria in the gut, maintain healthy gut flora) ½ capsule a day mixed into food.

    - Vitamin B6 (rids the body of excess water whilst assisting to balance sodium and potassium, 5-10mg/day)

    - B complex (to replace those B vitamins lost in urine) 50-100mg a day, which also boosts appetite.

    - Vitamin C (boosts the immune system, keeps urine acidic, destroys any bacteria and as it’s water soluble, it needs to be replaced) (Pitcairn et al 2005) I add 500mg every day to my cat’s food.

    - Cranberry (acidifies urine, destroys bacterial build up in the urinary tract) My cat doesn’t like the taste of this

    - Lecithin granules (assists to reduce inflammation of the kidneys and tissue repair. Dosage for an adult cat is ½ tsp/day)

    - Pots of fresh wheatgrass to chew on. My cats enjoy this. (Coscia 2009)

    - Kelp (high in minerals, benefits kidneys) 1/8 tsp mixed into food. Do not give kelp if your cat or dog is suffering from hyperthyroidism.

    - Fresh parsley (a natural diuretic providing relief for the kidneys, high in vitamin C) (Brown 2006) Fresh parsley can be finely chopped and mixed in food or bought as a powder and sprinkled into food.

    - Omega 3 such as salmon oil. (reduces inflammation and improve blood flow) 500mg capsule/day

    - Omega 6 such as borage seed oil, evening primrose oil, blackcurrant oil. (Messonnier 2001) 500mg capsule/day

    - Vitamin A supplement 1000iu/day (acts as a lubricant for the kidneys) (Goldstein 1999) I give my cat several raw egg yolks a week which provides lots of vitamin A

    - Alfalfa (a very nutritious super green nutrient) I sprinkle an 1/8 capsule into the food each day.

    Aloe Vera juice is excellent to use if my cat vomits. It helps to lower the acidity in the esophagus and stomach.

    Slippery Elm. This can be bought as a powder. It is very good to use if your cat or dog has been vomiting. Slippery Elm soothes an irritated digestive tract. I give a ¼ capsule of slippery elm mixed with 5ml of aloe vera juice. This can be mixed in a 10ml syringe and fed to your cat or dog.

    The above list consists of excellent nutrients I have tried and tested with huge success on my own cat with Renal Disease. However, even these nutrients do not replace any Veterinary medication your pet may also need. Please be sure to incorporate these supplements with veterinary assistance rather than in replacement of.

    My cat is stronger and has a greater quality of life because of his raw diet and supplements.

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