Please help! Two cats have died of Renal Failure! Need advice...

Hi. I have lost two cats in the past 5 months.  I know I am going to cry the whole time I write this.  :(  I have owned a cats my whole life, so this is not something I am new at or a lack of knowledge.  I rescued a cat from the humane society at 10 months old.  She lived with us for a year and 3 months.  Georgia was a dilute calico, ragdoll, and maybe some coon.  She was the most amazing cat I have ever owned.  I noticed that she never really peed a lot but didn't think too much about it because she was on the petite side.  But she really peed a fourth of amount than my other cat did.  She peed consistently, just not a huge amount.  I noticed she stopped grooming herself, had lost weight, and didn't want to eat.  She was kinda acting weird for a week, but nothing to give off that I knew she was sick per say.  I took her to the vet and they ran blood work and she was in renal failure.  Her levels were off the charts on some of the things.  She was dying and they said it was best to put her down.  Worst day ever! She died the day before Thanksgiving. I didn't understand how this could happen.  The vet mentioned something toxic and we went through the typical list and nothing made sense.  I don't have plants, no meds on the floor or for her to get access to, no antifreeze, etc.  She was an indoor only cat as well.  I know that when I look back on pictures now, I can see 3 weeks prior that her fur didn't look as nice as normal, etc.  I didn't notice anything during the time though as a red flag.  Her breath had turned to smelling bad over a few months, but didn't think too much about that because pet's breath aren't the best smelling things. 

So, I researched galore on what could have happened.  Read about how dry food diet are hard on kidney, looked up any toxin possible, read how a water fountain promotes more drinking to hydrate kidneys, etc.  I knew I wanted a ragdoll so I sought out a reparable breeder.  I didn't go to joe smoe, but someone who knew what they were doing, had lots of history, everything checked out.  We got a kitten from her.  We did get the kitten pretty fast after Georgia because my youngest son was having an extremely hard time with her loss.  Samson, the new kitten, arrived.  He stayed in my room for the first two weeks with a little supervised downstairs time.  We finally let him out during the day when we were out more.  He was so little and our house was so big, I was paranoid that he would pee somewhere on accident or get lost, so I watched him like a hawk.  Plus, he was like a dog.  He never left my side, ever! We had guest come into town, so he was babied all day long and no one let him out of their site because they wanted to be with him. He ate expensive food (dry and wet) and had a new water fountain.  I did everything to make sure this cat was not going to have a problem!  Within 2 weeks and 5 days of having him, he seemed to not feel good.  My vet friend said it was probably upset tummy from the different wet food.  I thought he was dying because I just did this and was SO paranoid!  He threw up a tiny bit two times.  The next morning was the same.  I knew something was wrong in my gut.  I took him to the vet ER.  They did an x-ray and blood work.  He did have wet gas in his belly, but his bloodwork said KIDNEY FAILURE!  I can not tell you how devastated I felt and shocked.  Vet and I went through the whole toxic thing again.  He tells me it doesn't sound like you have anything.  The kitten had been in my room and in the our living room/kitchen only.  He was always with someone too.  HOW IS THIS HAPPENING AGAIN!?!?!?!  The vet told me that my identical situation happened to his wife and him and they are both vets.  He said he thought it was really bad luck.  Samson died 3 weeks after we got him. 

I flipped my house upside down praying to find something so I can just know why!  Nothing!  Nothing is here!  I have gone through theories galore about it.  Is it the tap water, is it something in my hard wood floors, is my house poisoned somehow, etc.  I have come to a dead end on every theory.  I am so scared to get a cat and have something happen again.  I have been reassured by many that it is not going to happen and it what was it was.  Our breeder is replacing the kitten with a little older one that will be from a different mother and father eventually.  I don't know what I am looking for as far as an answer, but I just wanted to know if anyone has ever had something like this happen or ideas of what it could be.  Also, I do have a dog that has lived in our current house for 2 years.  None of my cleaning habits or products have changed either.  I did have a cat for 13 years before.  The only difference is we are in a new house that we rent. 

This is an extremely hard and sensitive thing for me to share and tell a bunch of people.  I appreciate anything you can offer me.  Thank you for taking the time to read my story.


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Read about how dry food diet are hard on kidney, looked up any toxin possible, read how a water fountain promotes more drinking to hydrate kidneys, etc.  I knew I wanted a ragdoll so I sought out a reparable breeder.  I didn't go to joe smoe, but someone who knew what they were doing, had lots of history, everything checked out.  We got a kitten from her.  We did get the kitten pretty fast after Georgia because my youngest son was having an extremely hard time with her loss.  Samson, the new kitten, arrived.  He stayed in my room for the first two weeks with a little supervised downstairs time.  We finally let him out during the day when we were out more.  He was so little and our house was so big, I was paranoid that he would pee somewhere on accident or get lost, so I watched him like a hawk.  Plus, he was like a dog.  He never left my side, ever! We had guest come into town, so he was babied all day long and no one let him out of their site because they wanted to be with him. He ate expensive food (dry and wet) and had a new water fountain.  I did everything to make sure this cat was not going to have a problem!  Within 2 weeks and 5 days of having him, he seemed to not feel good.  My vet friend said it was probably upset tummy from the different wet food.  I thought he was dying because I just did this and was SO paranoid!  He threw up a tiny bit two times.  The next morning was the same.  I knew something was wrong in my gut.  I took him to the vet ER.  They did an x-ray and blood work.  He did have wet gas in his belly, but his bloodwork said KIDNEY FAILURE!  I can not tell you how devastated I felt and shocked.  Vet and I went through the whole toxic thing again.  He tells me it doesn't sound like you have anything.  The kitten had been in my room and in the our living room/kitchen only.  He was always with someone too.  HOW IS THIS HAPPENING AGAIN!?!?!?!  The vet told me that my identical situation happened to his wife and him and they are both vets.  He said he thought it was really bad luck.  Samson died 3 weeks after we got him. 


I flipped my house upside down praying to find something so I can just know why!  Nothing!  Nothing is here!  I have gone through theories galore about it.  Is it the tap water, is it something in my hard wood floors, is my house poisoned somehow, etc.  I have come to a dead end on every theory.  I am so scared to get a cat and have something happen again.  I have been reassured by many that it is not going to happen and it what was it was.  Our breeder is replacing the kitten with a little older one that will be from a different mother and father eventually.  I don't know what I am looking for as far as an answer, but I just wanted to know if anyone has ever had something like this happen or ideas of what it could be.  Also, I do have a dog that has lived in our current house for 2 years.  None of my cleaning habits or products have changed either.  I did have a cat for 13 years before.  The only difference is we are in a new house that we rent. 

This is an extremely hard and sensitive thing for me to share and tell a bunch of people.  I appreciate anything you can offer me.  Thank you for taking the time to read my story.


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