Kidney Failure in felines - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Kidney failure, also known as renal failure, can be caused by a number of reasons. There are two types of kidney failure in cats; acute renal failure and chronic kidney failure...

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Acute Renal Failure occurs quite suddenly, within days or weeks. It can happen in cats of any age and typically results from poisons, disorders, diseases, organ failure, medications and but can be reversed if caught in time. 

Chronic Kidney Failure, the kidneys gradually stop working over a longer period of time and lose the ability to filter the blood of toxins. This type of kidney failure can lead to total kidney failure.

Symptoms of kidney failure:

  • Weight loss and lack of appetite
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Bad breath (ammonia-like odor)
  • Unusual urination
  • Diarrhea (may contain blood)
  • Vomiting (may contain blood)
  • Dehydration or excessive thirst
  • Mouth ulcers on the gums and tongue
  • A dry 'staring' coat


Your vet may do blood and urine tests. They may also do X-rays, an an ultrasoundor or biopsy.

Recommended diet

Keep the diet raw and natural. See below for an article about feeding your cat raw. Cats are carnivores and generally don’t require fruits and vegetables to fulfill their nutritional needs. 

Feeding your cat a homemade, raw food diet will do wonders for their overall health. The odd tin of cat food or a little dry kibble wont hurt but the majority of their nutrition should be coming from raw, enzyme and nutrient rich ingredients. It is important to introduce your cat to new foods gradually

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The first step in treating your cat with kidney failure is to place your cat on the Renal Failure program. This is very efficient and effective for restoring health and balance to the kidneys and entire urinary tract system.

As cats are fussy eaters, start with 2 drops of the mix added to a smelly food like sardines or into a small amount of condensed milk twice daily and slowly build up to 5 drops twice daily. Once your cat is taking the full dosage without a fuss, than you could try the next step.

The next step would be to start your cat on Rosehip & Dandelion tea: Combine 1 teabag of Rosehips and 2 teaspoons of Dandelion granules in the same cup of water. This is a great tonic for the kidneys and liver. The trick is to get the cat to consume it; add a little (not the whole cup) each day to the main meal. Try your best.

Start with the kidney rehab mix. Once your cat is accustomed to the taste and taking the full dose of 5 drops twice daily, gradually include the Rosehips and Dandelion. This will ensure that your cat will happily take his/her treatments without fuss or avoidance. One thing at a time and in small amounts is the key to change in cats.


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