Friday, February 25, 2011
Simba and His Kidneys
I don't get much air time in the Lounge, but since Lucy is taking one of her marathon naps, I thought I would do a post on myself. (You can click here if you want to read how I came to live with Lucy and Mama and Papa.)
Mama posted about my kidneys a few months ago. I have a mild kidney problem, but it seems to be just a bit worse lately. My output is more than my input--if you know what I mean--and so I have to have fluids every day now. See, kidneys need enough water to function properly, not too much water and not too little. Cats with reduced kidney function pee more because their ailing kidneys don't concentrate urine as they did in health. Therefore cats with CRF (chronic renal failure) are at risk of dehydration. They may no longer be able to drink enough to keep themselves hydrated. I fall into this category.
Even though it's obvious that I'm not able to get enough water on my own, I still eat and run around and seem to feel fine. I scream for water from the sink in the middle of the night and in the early morning and that's after drinking copious amounts from my water bowl. For me, drinking water is like a job. That is why I now have to have fluids every day, at least for a while. Unfortunately, they're given via a needle under my skin. I really don't like that part.
I always get treats after and lots of lovin'.
Well, I just wanted to share my story.
p.s. Mama thanks you for your comments about senior kitties and doggies. It was fun to read and also reassuring.