Home Remedies For Cats With Kidney Disease
Types of kidney disease
Kidney disease in cats is a common problem and may be due to a number of factors such as accident, shock, old age or bacterial and viral infections. There are two forms of kidney disease, acute and chronic renal disease.
Acute kidney disease is sudden and severe. Symptoms occur suddenly and are often a result of toxicity, infections and changes in the body that restrict the blood supply to the kidneys. Chronic kidney disease occurs gradually and over a longer period. Symptoms may not be noticeable at first. If left untreated, kidney failure can occur eventually. Chronic kidney failure is often the result of ageing.
Home remedies for cats with kidney disease have proven to be effective in improving kidney functioning and provide support to the urinary system without any harsh side effects. Herbs such as burdock, dandelion and cleavers help the kidneys to perform their role as blood purifier and systemic cleanser. They are used in commercial natural kidney remedies such as Kidney Support from PetAlive.
Burdock is a systemic cleanser and blood purifier. It is also well known for its ability to maintain balance in body fluid levels and can help the kidneys to maintain their natural action of flushing out toxins.
Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, D, and C, as well as various B Vitamins, iron, lecithin, silicon, potassium, magnesium, zinc and manganese.
Cleavers is a cleansing tonic, lymphatic cleanser and blood purifier. Regular use helps to strengthen the urinary system.
Other useful herbs for the kidney are parsley, shepherd’s purse, golden rod, yellow deadnettle, yarrow, horsetail, marigold and stinging nettle.
If you are using fresh or dried herbs the best way to administer herbal home remedies for cats is to prepare a tisane (herbal tea). To make a tisane use one teaspoon of the required herb and pour 150ml of boiling water over the herbs. Leave to infuse for one minute. For all kidney disorders give four dropperfuls four times a day.
To help your cat recover, certain dietary changes will also be necessary. Feed a well balanced all natural diet, or if you have to, feed high quality commercial food that contains the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Sodium and phosphorus levels, however, should be low. Feed small meals but often to ease the burden on the kidneys.
Also make sure that your cat has access to fresh, clean water and drinks regularly. The litter tray has to be clean at all times.
These home remedies for cats with kidney disease will effectively treat the disease and improve the quality of your cat’s life.