Ultrasonicat and the ARF munster

Earlier today we brought the home coots Bam Bam and Teddy for a visit to their favourite place – the veterinary clinic.

Teddy went out a full-fluffed cat but came home missing both his flank fuzz.


We subscribe to the belief that beyond the age of 8, home cats – especially strictly indoors only cats, being geriatic, should not get jabs (source) anymore, due to the attendant risks.

However, annual checkups are still necessary. Because Teddy had bladder stones when he was three, and in 2007 was diagnosed with internal bladder wall bleeding and 2 kidney stones, we were concerned about possible complications. So today, an ultrasound and bloodwork was done on him. He now spots new fashion and it is confirmed that while there are (miraculously) no stones in his bladder and kidneys, that his left kidney and bladder looks ok, his right kidney is in stage 2 CRF. Analysis on his urine will return in a few days’ time, which will determine if he needs medication for any related infection. Thereafter, he will be put on a fortekor schedule, just like Bam Bam.

Bam Bam’s been to the vet 3 times in as many months. For him, he’s in a better situation than his brother. Because of the positive outcome from his first review 3 months ago, he’s been on a fortekor reduction schedule. From being on 0.5 fortekor since 2007, he’s gone to 0.25 pill per day and now 0.25 pill every other day. However, that seems to be the limit for him. His next review is in 3 months’ time.

As the vet recommended, we will start them both on k/d. As they both hate k/d, we’re not sure how long we can keep them on it. Luckily, the vet has offered an alternative should k/d not be accepted this time either – phosphate binding agents as the maximum recommended phosphate content should be no more than 0.04% of the diet. But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Next up, Joey and Rheilly’s turn at the vet in 2 weeks’ time. As for Philly, we haven’t forgotten the goofy one and will blog about his situation separately.


3 responses to “Ultrasonicat and the ARF munster

  1. animalfamily

    keep warm teddy, until your fuzz grows back!

  2. My kidney cats’ diet was changed to Waltham Renal Care over time. All 4 kidney cats took to change well. When 1st kidney cat had high creatinine in 2003, only k/d was available. It loves Waltham and meows for his meals.

  3. We have 12 cats over 10yrs old. One cat pees quite a fair bit (use crystal so pee visible at bottom), annual checks show creatinine/BUN are within normal range but on the higher end. Vet suggested giving part kidney diet and pee is now less…will go back to normal diet gradually & monitor.