If we only had known...or paid closer attention.
This is near when the first signs of a problem began to appear. Of course this is all looking back and putting it all together.
All the animals insist on drinking from standing water around our house- who am I to disagree? We top/overflow this fish ponds on a regular/daily basis so the water is fairly fresh, so to speak. They also have fresh, clean water in the house and around the outside of the house - but you will more often than not find them rushing to the fish ponds for a drink.
This is a shot from May 2007. Thinking back, this activity of his caught my eye (thus the photo) - I never gave it a second thought-other than he must have been thirsty.
He would drink (still is) for long periods of time....I should have thought to wonder why as all our animals are raw from Feed This, Inc. Usually cats don't drink much water, especially when they are on a raw diet.
Turns out this is the #1 sign that your kitty is having some issues with their kidney function. I'll be chalking this (and much more) up to "now I know."
My plan is to offer up some experience (as I gather it) and information to any of you who may be going through this too.
Other symptoms to watch for:
* Excessive urination
* Increased thirst
* Nausea and gagging
* Licking lips
* Grinding or cracking sound in jaw
* Vomiting (both clear/foamy liquid and food)
* Hunching over the water bowl
* Stomach irritation (uremic gastritis)
* Loss of appetite
* Weight loss
* Muscle wasting
* Poor hair coat
* Halitosis (ammonia smell)
* Sensitivity to sound
* Eating litter
* Oral ulcers
* Detached retinae
* Convulsion, low temperature, coma (end-stage)
Information from: Feline CRF Information Center
Additional, detailed list of symptoms can be found on Tanya's Feline Chronic Renal Failure Centre
Listening to: trevor hall - you Find Me