Very young Abysinnian with CRF

I adopted Elsa in July from the shelter. Apparantly her previous owners dumped her because she had kidney disease.

She was in the hospital for 2 months getting her kidney values down.

I had her since September on KD diet. She's been getting blood tests every few weeks. About a month later, her kidney values started to go up. I started to give sub-cutaneous her fluids 50 mls twice a day for 10 days. She got tested again, and she was the same. We continued, but went down to every other day for 3 weeks. She is now in failure and is being hospitalized and being given fluids intravenously. Her dental hygiene became compromised as a result. She had a very bad case of plaque which wasn't bad a few months ago. The doctor said we shouldn’t anesthetize her to clean her teeth while she is in failure, although not doing so would put more bacteria into her system - a dilemma for sure. I admitted her this morning for aggressive fluids. She had an ultrasound a few months ago, and one kidney was very small, and the other one is dilated, and the urine is always diluted. I don't think she was looking for lymph nodes, though. I've been reading on the disease. Most cats have renal failure in older age - at least 7 years old. This cat is maybe 5 or just below 5 years old. Very young. In Abyssinians, is it common to see this problem in a cat so young as being an inherited problem? Or because of her young age, would you tend to suspect an underlying cause such as diabetes, renal lymphoma cancer, amyloidosis, infectious peritonitis, urinary obstructions, pyelonethritis (although there was no bacteria in the urine), or possible having ingested something toxic when she was much younger? Have you ever heard of kidney transplants in cats? What is anybody's experience with this breed?



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Reply To: Elsa44

Elsa44, I'm so sorry to hear that your poor kitty is so sick!  You should get a medal for dedicating so much time, effort, and presumably money to nursing your loved one back to health.

Just like in people, CRF is much more common in older cats than it is in younger cats, but it does happen to an unfortunate few.  It could certainly be an inherited disorder, but without knowing the cat's pedigree it is impossible to know for sure.  There is much less inbreeding in cats than there is in pure bred dogs for example, so the odds of it being congenital are less.

Is your vet looking into whether an underlying condition is the culprit?  It seems like a reasonable place to look to me...

I'd ask your vet about the possibility of a kidney transplant.  Historically these types of surgeries were only available to people, but veterinary technology has come a long way in recent years and it wouldn't suprise me if kitties can have it done now too.  You may have to travel to a veterinary university though.

Hope this helps!



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Reply To: Elsa44

This just sounds like bad luck..  CRF is not the best news for a cat, so I wanted to wish you the best of luck. 

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