Yes, it probably was ARF from a toxin but she was only stabilized after
weeks of constant IV and had to remain on fluids, both the treating vet and
specialist diagnosed her as  CRF (following ARF, if that makes any sense).
She is doing very well now, but they really didn't expect her to make it due
to her crashes in that first month--she was only about 8 weeks old when he
found her on Halloween and besides the anemia she had dangerously high
potassium---even the specialists found her case quite unusual but the renal
ultrasound did show damage likely from a toxic insult.   Her BUN is now more
stable in the 40's and her creatinine is normal...but the vets did consider
her CRF, it could be that now they'd reconsider that, have to ask that, we
are about to do our first time skipping the monthly BW and do it again in 3
months since she's doing so well....after all she's been through and the
abosolute joy that she is, we can't take any chances with her--they really
didn't think she was going to make it so we have to be thankful for every
day...and certainly are!!!!

Her anemia did resolve, though.

On Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 2:47 PM, Belinda Sauro <>wrote:

>   Most cats don't need iron supplemented but yes there are iron shots,
> Baileys iron was a little low and he did get a couple of shots but the
> epogen and prednisolone were in my opinion the main things that helped him,
> the doxy I wanted him on as a precaution, he always tested negative on the
> hemo test (4 or 5 time), so once his HCT started going up all he was getting
> was the pred and epogen.  He got nutrived in his food also but as low as his
> HCT was getting he needed the epogen to keep him from crashing and dying.
> If your BF found a kitten, as in months old, it probably had Acute renal
> failure from getting into something like poison or eating a plant that was
> toxic, unless it had faulty kidneys at birth.  Acute renal failure comes on
> very suddenly, chronic renal failure comes on over time, progressively.
>  Fred's kidneys have been failing over a 4 or 5 year time span.
> --
> Belinda
> happiness is being owned by cats ...
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