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Booncheet: Chronic Kidney Disease

Education > Patient Stories 9th May 2019

Many years back, Siti’s niece-in-law saw a group of kids kicking a kitten and immediately carried the helpless baby home. Booncheet is now 18 years old. He has a wonderful life with Siti Saudah, Robiah and family. His name means “round tummy”. Booncheet's chronic kidney disease is medically managed by Dr Pauline Fong and team at Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (North). His name means "round tummy".

Our organs and tissues require oxygen to function properly. Oxygen is carried around our body by red blood cells. For development and maturation of red blood cells, bone marrow requires an adequate supply of a hormone called erythropoietin which is produced by the kidneys.

In CKD cats like Booncheet, their kidneys cannot produce an adequate amount of erythropoietin. This ultimately results in anaemia which can cause lethargy, appetite loss, tachycardia and other health issues. Supportive therapy involves treating the symptoms of CKD and anaemia with a renal therapeutic diet, intravenous or subcutaneous fluids, iron supplements and erythropoiesis-stimulating agents to stimulate red blood cell production.

At his last review, Booncheet’s red blood count is already within the healthy range. With proper treatment and a wonderfully positive family, cats like Booncheet can enjoy a good quality of life.