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A quick introduction of my 8 year old cat Ella who is my hero after surviving acute renal failure! Her only symptoms were lack of interest in food and throwing up a couple of times- she was acting normally otherwise. On day one I thought she was working on a hairball as Ella tends to shed a lot. Even with a Furminator brush I don't get all of her loose fur, and she typically gets at least one hairball each spring and fall. I am so thankful I took her to the vet for bloodwork/X-rays on day two of not wanting to eat as they diagnosed acute renal failure and recommended we take her to the 24 hour emergency vet for treatment. After two days there over the weekend, another four days at a specialist on IV fluids, and two weeks of recuperating at home with various medicines and subQ fluids, Ella just got her most recent bloodwork back and all kidney values were normal. This is such wonderful news!!

It's really a weird case- we don't know what caused the kidney failure. We have another cat and a dog at home who are fine, so it's not the water or food. She's an indoor cat only, no recent different flea/tick medicines or vaccines, no exposure to lillies or any plants at all. Ella isn't the type of cat to eat things off the floor, so we doubt it was a bug or that she found an ibuprofen and ate it. And I don't use any cleaning products other than vinegar or steam in the areas she goes. They didn't culture her urine in the ER, so it could have been a bladder infection. No evidence of kidney stones either. She looked healthy and was acting normally (other than not eating), the vet thought she just ate a bug before she saw the bloodwork. Even the ER vet was shocked her values were so high based on how Ella looked and acted. The grim reaper was definitely stalking her- I'm glad she told him to stick it this time around. Go Ella!! :)

We go back to the specialist in a month to check her bloodwork again as long as she stays stable until then. At that time they'll do a urinalysis to make sure she's concentrating urine properly. If everything is normal, this episode will be resolved. If not, we'll treat as necessary. Either way we're glad to have more time with our happy purring kitty!!!
 

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Oh gosh! How scary! I'm so happy for you and kitty that all turned out well. It may well have been a bladder infection that went up into her kidneys. Otherwise, what a mystery. Sometimes there are recalls on pet food for this reason or that. Commercial food always gives me the willies. It's like walking on egg shells when they next thing is going to be discovered that can hurt our pets. Anyhow, so happy you get more time with your little sweet kitty.
 
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