Hi! My name is Jenny. As I write this on May 28th, my cat Voodoo passed away peacefully on May 27th, 2023, at 4:30 a.m., after 8 years of living with kidney disease. This website is to honor him and to help other CKD buddies have a better quality of life.
Voodoo gave me an opportunity to learn everything related to chronic kidney disease, so now I can contribute what I have learnt to other cats and owners who need it. We would like to provide daily care hacks for feline kidney disease, as well as solutions for situations that even a vet may not be able to help with, such as unexplained vomiting, diarrhea, or blood in the urine, etc.
Voodoo is an incredibly patient and loving boy. He is very accommodating to people, but when it comes to other cats and kids he can be a bit of a bully. He is very funny and always does silly things that make us laugh. He was the housekeeper, so he had to know everything that was in the house and what had been brought into it. He would always wait behind the front door when no one was home. Voodoo was born on April 11, 2006 and was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) when he was 10 years old. He lived for another 7 years, during which I cared for him with all my strength and studied all the knowledge that could help him every day. We have gone through different stages, difficulties, and tried different methods, which I hope to share here to help others.
In 2016, we found out that Voodoo had blood in his urine. We did a blood test and ultrasound, and that's when he was diagnosed with CKD. His CREA was 253 umol/L, and the ultrasound showed that he only had a functioning left kidney, while the right kidney had atrophied. He was our first cat, and we only gave him dry food and didn't monitor how much he was drinking. We rarely saw him drink water, and we think that this could be the cause of his disease.
We immediately changed his diet to renal wet food and tried various methods until we figured out how to make him drink enough water. We started feeding him six small meals a day (every four hours) to ensure his kidneys had enough liquid to help flush out waste and toxins. It also helps to fix blood in urine.
Then he had a very happy 4 years; he had no sick symptoms, no blood in his urine, only playful, eager, and energetic.
In March 2020, we noticed that Voodoo was acting abnormally, so we took him to the vet. The blood test results were terrible. CREA 1123 umol/L , UREA 33.2 mmol/L, PHOS 3.39 mmol/L
He was admitted to the hospital and given intravenous (IV) fluids. After three days, there was a huge improvement in the blood test. CREA 281 , UREA 12.9 , PHOS 1.84
I have thought about what caused the sudden spike, and I think it was the dried little fish snack that caused this episode. Since Voodoo hasn't looked like a sick cat for the past few years, it made me lax in giving him snacks that I shouldn't.
After two months, although the kidney index was stable, Voodoo started vomiting seriously, sometimes accompanied by diarrhea. We visited several vets, but the cause remained unknown and no solution was given; initially, they just said it was gastroenteritis. After an ultrasound and 'Spec fPL' test confirmed that it was pancreatitis, but still without a solution, Voodoo was getting sicker every day, sleeping and not acting like himself.
It took me nearly 1.5 years to figure out what was causing my cat's upset stomach, something that is happening to many cats nowadays and that many cat owners and even vets don't know how to treat. Once the solution was found, Voodoo became active again.
In the beginning of 2022 age 16, we found out that Voodoo had a vision problem due to high blood pressure. After lowering his BP, he regained his vision, although it was probably partially damaged. He was also diagnosed with heart disease.
The blood test in May 2022 was awesome. CREA 201 , UREA 12.2 , PHOS 1.81 I was feeding a diet that was 50% renal diet and 50% homemade food.
In July 2022, I thought he was doing well... but it was a nightmare again. I quickly discovered that Voodoo hadn't been urinating since the early morning, so I took him to the vet. He was confirmed to have a blockage between his kidney and bladder. CREA 897 , UREA 35.5 , PHOS 3.21
Before the blockage occurred, Voodoo had blood in his urine again and several vets could not provide a solution. I eventually figured out the solution in 2023. Due to the blockage, Voodoo underwent a surgery called 'SUB', which is a tube connecting the kidney and bladder. The surgery was successful, and Voodoo was discharged a week later. CREA 237, UREA 10.8 , PHOS 2.26
The Kidney Index started increasing slowly in November 2022, and the PHOS levels were uncontrollable with binders.
Mid-May 2023, very high blood pressure 260 and his medication was no longer working. Vision had deteriorated, he was unable to walk with his back leg, and had no appetite. Last blood test was taken on May 23rd, 2023. CREA 955 , UREA 58.8 , PHOS 4.34
On May 27th, 2023 at 4:30 AM, Voodoo crossed the rainbow bridge naturally and peacefully.
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