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Who is this 'Iron Belle'?
Ask the Vet: Senior Cat Care, Part Three
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By Kerry M. Davis
Hey there, my name is Kerry (thatís me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known ...
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Chronicles of an Iron Belle
Hey there, my name is Kerry (thatís me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known for my ability to Ďtortureí people. The CIA wasnít hiring so I pursued an Infant Massage Therapy certification in an attempt to figure out when things start going awry as we develop and stopping them before they cause trouble when we are adults. Person after person would come to me seeking relief from their pain and all I could do was iron it out with a massage, the rest of the work was up to them and I soon found that not too many go to the gym and know what to do or have a personal trainer who gives them a good program. A major contributor to this issue is the lack of communication from the client to the professional out of ignorance of their own body all because we are so busy with the other demands of life to even listen to what our body is telling us. This blog will give you that understanding.

All that background stuff brought me to today: a certified personal trainer who LOVES kettlebell training (my fave move is the Turkish Get Up), loves running, and loves acting like a kid (I have three!). I hope you enjoy the journey with me as we tackle understanding our bodies and how to get the most of your time at the gym, beat injury, figure out what muscles are doing what, and have a few laughs along the way. Understand that I am a massage therapist and personal trainer, not a medical doctor so the advice I share here is strictly that: advice. To see the kind of work I do (with my hunk of a hubby) click here.

Please drop me a line though, I would love to hear all about you!

Take care,

Kerry M. Davis LMT, CIMT, CPT
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In our last two posts, we discussed hyperthyroidism and diabetes, two common diseases senior cats sometimes face. These diseases have fairly good prognoses with ongoing monitoring and treatment.


 


A third disease that could cause the symptoms of drinking more water and losing weight in senior cats has a much poorer prognosis. This disease is kidney failure.


 


Kidney failure is the most common disease of older cats but actually begins much earlier in the cat’s life, as early as 7 years old. For this reason, it is recommended to begin routine screening for kidney disease at this age. Screening can include blood work and urine testing.


 


Before obvious signs of kidney failure appear, 75 percent of the kidneys are no longer able to function normally. The cat now depends on that last 25 percent of the healthy kidney tissue to pick up the slack and keep him healthy. Because kidney disease is progressive, the kidneys will eventually fail completely.


 


In people, kidney failure is treated with dialysis, and, when in complete failure, a kidney transplant may be performed. In cats, treatment goals are to reduce the stress of the workload of the kidneys and to improve the cat’s quality of life and hopefully extend its life. Special diets have been formulated to make kidneys work more effectively. Also, medications and fluid therapy can usually make a difference in how your cat is feeling. Although prognosis is guarded for the cat’s future with kidney failure, much can be done to improve his life.


 


The important part of this disease is to find it early enough to treat it. To do this, it is important to have younger cats (0-7 years) examined annually and to have senior cats (7 years or more) examined and screened at least twice a year.


Do you have any questions about cat health? We'd love to answer them for you! Post in the comments below or email to palonlinerx@yahoo.com.

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