Chronic Diseases

Conditions that are deep-seated and continuing for an unknown period of time

Chances are good you're here because your cat has just been given a diagnosis of CRF. And if you're anything like me, you're numb and in a panic all at the same time. Stay strong, and keep your chin up because your cat needs you. CRF is not a death sentence.
In my experience CRF is one of the most treatable conditions out there and with gentle methods i.e. no or minimal drugs and supportive treatments, a cat can enjoy an excellent quality of life for many years.

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Cats develop diabetes due to a poor/species-inappropriate diet, it really is that simple to prevent diabetes. Anecdotally speaking, in almost 11 years of the list with thousands of cats having come through my cyber door, I have yet to see one cat develop diabetes on a raw diet or even a low-carb canned diet for that matter.

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Cardiomyopathy means disease of the heart muscle; feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common heart disease in cats. It can be primary or idiopathic i.e. with no known cause, and is typically seen in younger (usually male) cats.

Or it can be secondary meaning resulting from other disease conditions e.g. kidney problems, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, etc. This is typically seen in older cats, and in some ways is more challenging to treat.

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Hyperthyroidism is primarily a middle-aged or older cat disease. Although it's multi-factorial, a common presentation is a benign nodule/enlarged thyroid gland (which may or may not be palpable by a veterinarian).

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