I urge you and anyone who is interested in what can be done for a cat in kidney failure to get this book:
The Last Chance Dog by Donna Kelleher DVM
and start with the chapter Cat on a Hunger Strike
Also, I would urge the owner of the cat to contact Dr. Shawn Messonnier for a phone consult
to learn about treatment options based on the BUN and creatinine levels.
Shawn Messonnier DVM
For detailed information I can highly recommend this book also:
Shawn Messonnier DVM: Natural Health Bible for Cats and Dogs
If the owner could find a wonderful holistic vet locally who is as good as Dr. Kelleher or Dr. Messonnier, that would be great.
Because there is a long list of treatment options in addition to administering fluids (fluids are absolutely essential and most cats don't mind getting fluids at all) and those extras are the things that make a world of difference for the cat.
To find a holistic vet:
You are not wrong, you just don't know about everything that's available
to us when we need to treat chronic conditions including kidney disease.
When treatment brings back a cat's appetite and makes it feel much better in general, when you see the blood values go down and other values that needed to be brought up go up, you know that you are not prolonging the cat's misery.
Other wonderful holistic vets who can be reached for a phone consult:
Mark D Newkirk, VMD
Margate Animal Hospital & Alternative Care Center
9200 Ventnor Ave
Margate, NJ 08402
JOSEPH DEMERS , DVM
HOLISTIC ANIMAL CLINIC
496 N. HARBOR CITY BOULEVARD
MELBOURNE , FL 32935