Chronic Kidney Disease

There are a few different names for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), but they all mean the same thing. Some other names for this disease are Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) and Renal Insufficiency are two other names this disease goes by.

Chronic Kidney Disease is an ongoing process that slowly causes loss of kidney function. This disease is very complex, and affects a lot of other processes in the body.

Disease Information Sites

The absolute best website I have ever seen for this disease is Tanya’s Comprehensive Guide to Feline Chronic Kidney Disease.

Feline CRF Notebook contains a lot of companion information, helpful calculators, and tools for caregivers.

Support Groups

My favorite support group for CKD is Tanya’s Support Group, although I might be playing favorites here, because I am a member of that group myself.

Feline CRF Support is an email-based support group. This group was previously part of Yahoo Groups but moved to the email-based platform on groups.io in 2019.

There are a few different Facebook groups you can try as well, though these are harder to use based on the way Facebook constantly filters and hides content. I have been involved in a few Facebook groups and found that it was incredibly difficult to follow a single cat’s case in order to provide support. I’ve never used the Facebook groups to receive support, so I don’t know if the same challenges apply when you are asking questions about your cat.