Hello Furiends, I’m so thankful that I am feeling great and being the little Diva I am known to be. My kidney numbers were lower than when I was first diagnosed almost two years ago, The Female Human got me this pawsome cat tree and I’ve been running around like a crazy kitty and making it to the very top. It’s also a great place to watch squirrel fights or deer trying to figure out how to get in the garden.
I hope your Thursday is purrfectly wonderful and that you have a lot to be thankful for.
Before I tell you the story about my experience with Scruffy Paws Kidney Revitalize chews I must turn this portion of my blog post over to our legal department.
This is a sponsored post by Scruffy Paws. As a happy customer of Scruffy Paws, I was contacted to write a sponsored post from my (and the Female Human’s) experiences with the product. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my purrsonal views and experience with the product.
It’s No Fun Getting Old
I know you might find this hard to believe but I am a 17-year old feline. I’ve been healthy all my life until about 15 months ago when I suddenly lost a lot of weight (and for a tiny feline like me this is a very bad thing). The Female Human took me to our vet and I was diagnosed with kidney disease. I wrote about my kidney diagnosis in my post “Jasmine’s Journey” if you want to read more.
Sometimes You Have to Do Your Own Research
The Female Human began reading all she could about kidney disease because she doesn’t just want to keep the disease at bay; she wants me to live my best life. Sub-Q fluids (every other day) and prescription kidney food (wet) are my staples but felt there was more she could do. Her research brought her to a wonderful company called Scruffy Paws Nutrition. The first thing she noticed was the vast amount of feline CKD (chronic kidney disease) information the company offered. She then read about the company itself and how they got started by seeking solutions for their own kitties. They created, with the help of science, veterinary professionals, feline experts and nutritionists are the Scruffy Paws Kidney-Vitalize chews that I’ve been taking for over a year now. And they don’t just address feline kidney issues, they also offer products for UT wellness, hip and joint vitalization, hairball control, dental powder and multi health bites. Meowza, these people are serious about feline health!
The Female Human learned much about CKDfrom the emails she received and by the information Scruffy Paws offers on their website. They have an e-book about CKD and a course you can take to learn more about Chronic Kidney Disease. Now this is all too scientific for this feline. I’ll let my human do the research. I’m just interested in how I feel and how the stuff tastes and I give both a paws up.
But Will She Eat Them??
The Female Human is a bit skeptical about “medicinal” chews and treats. The Tribe of Five learned long ago that pill pockets contain….pills, and that is just not going to happen. She’s had some fur raising experiences with my brother, Tucker, who takes medications. Add the fact that I too am a very finicky feline and she wasn’t too hopeful that I’d eat the treats. Still, she decided it was worth a try so she ordered the Scruffy Paws Kidney Revitalize Chews and crossed her fingers.
The first time I was introduced to these chews I looked at The Human with suspicion thinking, “This is a trick, what horrible tasting medicine is she trying to feed me?” She placed the chew at my feet like an offering and slowly backed away. I squinted up at her then turned my attention to the intriguing smell of the item in front of me. I sniffed, pawed it a bit and then decided, “This smells good enough to eat!” And eat it I did, and I now look forward to my morning and evening chew treat. Who knew?
How Does This Stuff Work?
This little feline is getting her mojo back after taking the chews for about a year. I am keeping my weight on, playing with my toys again and being my sassy self. Although the Female Human is very careful about my diet and religious about giving me fluids, she believes that the Scruffy Paws chews are an important part of my ongoing health. So, what is it about this magical product that makes it work so well? We felines aren’t that interested in science but I know your humans probably are so I had our Purrsonal Assistant do some research.
Some of the magic is in the active ingredients of Astragalus Root Extract and Rehmannia Root Extract. Both are proven to be effective, not only eliminating the symptoms of CKD but are also helpful in preventing it. (So you younger kitties, tell your humans to get you on this supplement as a preventative measure). The inactive ingredients of Carob, catnip, chicken, chicken Liver, coconut glycerin, coconut oil, garbanzo flour, mixed tocopherols, palm fruit oil, pea flour, rosemary extract, sorbic acid, and sunflower lecithin all add to make the chews effective and tasty.
Scruffy Paws Nutrition Makes Your Human’s Life Easy
Aside from the important fact that these chews keep me living my best life, the company gives our humans peace of mind too. Shipping is always free and there is a money back guarantee for all their products. And, if you order larger sizes of the chews you save money too.
The Proof Is In the Picture
The photo on the left is me at 6 years of age. The one on the right is of me today at 17. As I am a rather vain little kitty I am very pleased that Scruffy Paws Nutrition has helped me retain my youthful looks.
My Human and I are so happy we’ve found Scruffy Paws Nutrition and we didn’t just find an awesome help for my health, we also found a community that cares passionately about felines and their humans. I hope you humans look into this fantastic company.
Although I didn’t say the words out loud that‘s exactly what I thought all those years ago when my beloved Miss P was being examined by the vet. I struggled to paste a smile on my face as I gazed into the blue eyes of my sassy Lynx Point feline. Granted, she was 10 years old but she still looked like the sassy little kitten I’d first met. The kitten who began life as “Puddy” but let me know in no uncertain terms that she required a more dignified moniker and soon became known as Miss P.
Miss P was with me for nine more wonderful years and during that time I began to learn to not only accept the geriatric time of her life but to embrace and enjoy it. She’s been gone for five years now and I am happy to say every memory I have of her is a joyful one.
A year and a half ago my world was rocked when 17-year old Jasmine was diagnosed with kidney disease. I immediately went to the worst case scenario, my heart was broken and tears flowed so fast couldn’t concentrate on the lesson the vet tech was attempting to give me in administering subcutaneous fluids. Then, something the vet tech said permeated my fog of sorrow.
“Anita, we’ve had so many kitties live many good years with this diagnosis on sub-Q fluids.”
I grabbed a tissue, blew my nose and said hopefully, “Really?”
Their Senior Years Are Only A New Stage
That was the moment I turned the corner and began to embrace the reality of my cat’s senior days. I thought through Jasmine’s treatment and felt that no matter how hard it would be for me to give her the fluids, she deserved much better than being terrified by a vet trip every other day. I screwed up my courage and learned how to administer the fluids myself. We discussed what Jasmine needed and how to monitor her health. I left the vets that day with prescription food, sub-Q fluids and a hopeful heart.
It took a few weeks to get Jasmine stable. We made one more vet trip when she seemed to be in distress but we managed to get her back on track. I monitor her weight, give her fluids religiously (although she has some issues with this as seen in this short video) and make sure she’s hydrated and her diet is low in phosphates. Instead of bemoaning the fact that she’s a senior I take the time to create new rituals and fun times together. Now, while I give her fluids, she also gets an Inaba Churu Grain-Free Chicken lickable treat and despite her meows to the contrary, she enjoys the new addition to the treatment.
It’s natural to want our felines to remain kittens forever but if we don’t embrace all their stages of life we miss so much. Tucker, Jasmines brother, Jasmine and I have developed routines and ways of living together over these 17 years that are a constant blessing to me. Yes, there are adjustments. Tucker can no longer come out on the deck with me and sit on the railing as his poor depth perception has made him more tentative in gauging how much space he has on that ledge. There is a 35 foot drop into the woods from that ledge that he already misjudged a number of years ago so now he and all the cats enjoy the great outdoors in their pop up catio.
Jasmine went through a stressful time of bullying and, as a result, she now lives in the bedroom suite. I tried to reintegrate her into the rest of the house for several years but I finally had to respect her wishes to have her own space. Since the arrival of my “foster failures” Alberto and Oliver, she does have periodic visitors and enjoys bossing them around. I constantly look for other ways to enrich her environment as well.
Tucker’ has always been a rather “laid back” fellow which is only enhanced in his senior years. Still, there are things he does that delight and often amaze me. He likes to jump up on the stools at the kitchen counter and then hop up on the counter to “snoopervise” the goings on in the kitchen (he is a cat that lives to eat and this proclivity for eating seems to have been enhanced over the years). I would never dream of chasing him off the counter. If the old guy can make it up there, he deserves to stay there. Any visitors to my house have to deal with the fact that the counter is religiously cleaned with cat-friendly disinfectant and is often decorated by a rather large, cross-eyed feline. He has also been known to enjoy box sitting sessions and giving the “young ones” the occasional whacky paw when he deems them to be annoying. Tucker makes sure he never misses an opportunity to roll in some nip as well..
Granted, life and routines change over time but that doesn’t mean the changes are bad. Many are quite enjoyable. As you navigate the senior years of your cat, consider these five lessons for living with and loving geriatric felines that I’ve learned.
The Five Rules For Your Cats Geriatric Years
Plan financially for your cat’s senior years. As they age, cats will require more veterinary visits than they did as young felines. Think about getting pet insurance when they’re young or, start a savings plan for their medical needs. I have a line item in my budget for “Cat Medical”. Whatever I don’t use in a month, I put in savings as insurance.
Make sure you begin a habit of yearly wellness exams for your cats. Wellness exams help your vet identify and treat potential problems at their earliest stages.
Have a first class pet sitter. If I have to leave home, I need more than someone who will come in and feed twice a day. Both Tucker and Jasmine have medical needs that must be addressed and medications that need to be dispensed. My sitter needs to know what to look for if the cats are not feeling well and when to take them to the vet. I always make arrangements with my vet before I leave in case my cats need medical attention.
Just because they aren’t as active as they used to be doesn’t mean they don’t need environmental enrichment. Tucker enjoys box sitting and catnip is still a favorite.Jasmine has an assortment of toys and enjoys the occasional roll in the nip too.
Love them and enjoy them and be thankful for every day you have with them.
Charles Dickens said, “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” and if we can receive that love for 19, 20 or more years, what a wonderful gift that is.
Hi There Furiends,
Jasmine here. I am talking to you about this important day because I’ve been seeing quite of bit of the folks in white coats the last few weeks. Even though The Female Human takes us all to that place every year for wellness exams, sometimes things still happen. In my case I became very sick and was diagnosed with kidney disease. The Humans are giving me sub-cutaneous fluid every other day and antibiotics and I am beginning to feel better and am putting on a little weight.
You say, when you go to the vet for regular wellness visits they have information that makes it easier to diagnose you and to help you. Even though I’m a lady kitty a bit advanced in years, my vet, and yours, can help you to be your most healthy self. Please make at least a yearly wellness visit to your vet!
Purrs & Head Bonks,