Home Remedies For Cats With Kidney Disease

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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.

Herbal Remedies

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.



12 Responses to “Home Remedies For Cats With Kidney Disease”


    If my cat has trouble with the forced feedings I’ve been instructed to administer from my vet, and he likes to eat grass, can I allow him to eat dandilions and parsley? Do they have to be dried? And with dandilions, is it just the leaves? Do you also know of any home remedy to increase his red blood cell production? The vet only has human erythropoetin injections which has dangerous side effects and can also become quickly ineffective. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  2. Home Remedies For Cats Says:

    Dandelions and parsley are tonic foods for cats, so if your cat wants to eat greenery allow him to do so. Use fresh dandelion and parsley leaves, cut them into small pieces and mix with food. I will be posting a seperate article with remedies to cure anemia. So watch this space.

  3. John Simpson Says:

    Is there an herb that I can grow that my cat can just eat without forceing it down her. The vet said that her blood work showed that her kidneys stop working. The vet started her on a diallis pill that is in a capsil form taken once a day but it is vary hard to give it to her. she has been on it for a month now. I have been mixing it with food but she isn’t eating vary much. About 1/2 tea spoon of can Science Diet food and some dry food also Science Diet. I would be vary Thankful for your help on this.

  4. Home Remedies For Cats Says:

    You will be struggling to find a herb for kidney disease your cat will just eat. My suggestions for herbs to grow would be dandelion and parsley which are easy to grow. But you have to chop them up and mix into food. To encourage you cat to eat better try to give her some raw meat – chicken and beef usually work well. Liver and heart also go down well with most cats.

  5. Lyn-Marie Says:

    Can I give my cat a tonic with the herbs in from the herb shop or do I have to get them from the garden and what about the drink dandeline and burdock, is this o.k of the pussy?

    My cat has also decided now that she is fed up with chicken, when we gave her nothing but chicken for two days, as we thought it was just hot weather poo that was wrong with the cat. How can I get her to like chicken again and is fish as well as meat alright for the cat with this disease. She was only diagnosed today, but she appears to have had it for a couple of weeks. The vet gave us some kid of tablet and anti biotic and said that the probiotic yoghut we had been giving the puss had helped with her bowel problems and will also help with the kidney problem. How do I get a good source of Vit C into the puss?

  6. Home Remedies For Cats Says:

    You can get the herbs for the tea from a herbal supplier, they don’t have to come fresh from the garden. If you buy ready-made herbal tonics, put some in the drinking water as your cat will not drink it in concentrated from. To encourage you cat to eat better, try some strong smelling food – fish will be fine. For a good source of vitamin c you might want to try pet supplements, for example, Dr Goodpet Crytal C.

  7. Janice Work Says:

    I am desperate. My cat has had kidney disease for 2 yrs.and has done well on subQ fluids. She has a tooth infection and antibiotics are only keeping it at bay but not healing. The vet says it will get worse and I will have to put her to sleep.She has been doing well except for the swollen face on one side. She is 15. I don’t want to lose her yet. She also has overactive thyroid and heart murmur.

  8. Home Remedies For Cats Says:

    Here are some suggestions to deal with the infection and pain. Turmeric is a powerful healer that will see off infections, among other things. If your cat will tolerate it sprinkle it sparingly over meat (tip of a teaspoonful) twice daily, once or twice a week. If your cat is no curry connoisseur, you can give the same amount in a little warm, semi-skimmed milk. A little clove oil dropped onto the problem area will relieve the pain; repeat every few hours.
    An infusion of mallow is also helpful for infections throughout the mouth. Horsetail is another useful herb for dental health and because of its high silica content is excellent for the maintenance of healthy and strong teeth, gums and bones. Give regular washings of the mouth with a herbal tea made of horsetail.

  9. Michelle Says:

    My cat is in the early stages of kidney failure and has some anemia. 70% of kidney function gone. Still eating and drinking and exercising. Am trying a low phosphorus/protien diet. My question is, is it good to give her some Kefir for the probiotic quality? And my bigger question is, have you ever heard of moringa and do you think it might be good to add a small bit of that to her diet? It does have phos and potassium levels that are a bit high (?) but because of her weakened immune system, anemia, and kidney failure I was hoping this plant could help. I don’t want to hurt her by giving this but I can’t find any specific info for kidney failure. Do you have any experience using this plant? I have the powdered leaf form. Thank you in advance.

  10. Home Remedies For Cats Says:

    Kefir is rich in phosphorous, so it might undo the benefits of the diet you are feeding. If you want to use it, give small amounts and only a couple of times per week. I know a little about Moringa Oleifera and its use in human nutrition but I haven’t come across its use for cats, so therefore don’t really want to give an opinion. I am more familiar with native herbs and for chronic kidney disorder due to old age I would give a tisane of horsetail and yellow deadnettle. If the kidney failure is due to bacterial or viral infection, you could use horsetail, marigold, stinging nettle and cleavers in a tisane. In each case, give four dropperfuls four time daily. I hope this is helpful.

  11. holly h Says:

    our cat is 15 yrs old and she got to where she couldnt walk almost at all, this started happening a few days ago….we have since took her to the vet and they put her on an antibiotic & said it was just a kidney infection and im not so sure im sold on the fact thats the only thing wrong with her but i know she is in a great great deal of pain and i feel so helpless for her. she also has not been eating, drinking, or grooming herself like she normally would. i was wondering what i could do at home to help with her pain and to help speed up the healing process? ive read on here that parsley is good and i have easy access to that but does it have to be fresh or does dried parsley have the same effect? any helpful information you can offer would be very much appreciated. thank you

  12. Home Remedies For Cats Says:

    Fresh is best. Chop very finely and mix into the meat. If your cat hates it, make a herbal tea by pouring boiling water over a handful of parsley and let it infuse for a minute, then pour over the food or feed by dropper if necessary.
    For pain relief you could also give your cat a chamomile and catnip herbal tea, four dropperfuls up to six times a day.

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