Kidney disease in cats is a common problem. It can be due to a number of factors such as accident, shock, old age or bacterial and viral infections. Natural remedies for cats with kidney disease can treat the condition and will improve the quality of your cat’s life.
Feed your cat a special kidney diet. Feed a protein rich diet of human-quality raw meat plus small quantities of a variety of herbs, fruit, grain and vegetables. A raw meat diet keeps blood urea nitrogen levels low, a protein waste product excreted through the kidneys. Heat-treated animal protein, as found in commercial foods, is more difficult to digest and creates more waste which the kidneys must deal with. Such a diet is more stressful to the kidneys and results in higher toxicity in the blood if the kidneys are not working properly. Raw protein, in comparison, digests more completely with less waste.
Change the diet gradually and be patient and persistent, especially if your cat is not used to eating raw meat. Feed small meals but often, to ease the burden on the kidneys. A tiny bit of salt can be added to the morning meal to replace the salt loss brought about by the imbalance of the kidney function.
If you cat suffers from kidney failure, you need to monitor the acid content of the food carefully. Honey is the most suitable of sugars that can be dealt with by the kidneys, but do not give more than half a teaspoon per day. Dilute the honey in spring water and add 1/3 of a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar.
The best way to administer natural kidney remedies is to prepare a tisane (herbal tea). Useful herbs include parsley, shepherd’s purse, golden rod, cleavers, yellow deadnettle, yarrow, horsetail, marigold and stinging nettle. To make a tisane use one teaspoon of the required herbs and pour 150ml of boiling water over the them. Leave to infuse for one minute. For all kidney disorders give four dropperfuls, four times a day.
Parsley has a cleansing and toning effect on the system, so offer your cat fresh chopped parsley. If she does not accept it, prepare a parsley tisane. The parsley tisane is so beneficial that it should be given in addition to all other treatments.
If there is blood in the urine, give a tisane of shepherd’s purse and golden rod. If your cat suffers from hardening of the kidneys, make a tisane of golden rod, cleavers, yellow deadnettle and yarrow. Per litre of the solution add half a teaspoon of Swedish bitters. For gravel in the kidney make barley water and give one dropperful before each meal. For kidney failure due to accident or shock give a golden rod, horsetail, yellow deadnettle and St John’s wort tisane.
Many forms of chronic kidney failure are the end result of infections or toxins damaging the kidneys. However, the typical form of chronic kidney failure is the result of aging. Chronic kidney disorder can be treated with a horsetail and yellow deadnettle tisane. This will help older cats with a sluggish liver. For acute kidney disease due to bacterial, viral infection use a horsetail, marigold, stinging nettle and cleavers tisane. This recipe will also benefit cats with kidney failure due to serious injury or major surgery.
The most important thing for a cat with kidney failure is to maintain adequate hydration. Offer lots of fresh water. If your cat isn’t a great water drinker, pour liquid over its food. The aim of this is to promote diuresis, i.e. flushing the body with fluids to create more urine and help eliminate the build up of waste products.
These natural remedies for cats with kidney disease are proven to be effective. They are safe and will improve kidney functioning.