Smokey Joe is doing well. He still has not gained much weight back but he is holding his own. His coat is shinier and healthier looking, his yowling is not as often, only a couple of times a day which is in the morning when he wants his food and the evening when he knows it is time for his food. Oh yes, and when he wants to be held!
Smokey’s urine output has subsided somewhat but I believe it to still be in access of what it should be. I have recently started him on potassium, along with his supplements, because the loss of it through his urinating so much has to have a definite effect on his system.
Potassium is an electrolyte, like sodium and chloride, needed by the cells in the body to regulate the flow of water coming and going through cell membranes. Proper electrolyte function is particularly necessary for proper kidney and health function
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Potassium deficiency in cats is called hypokalemia. Potassium and other nutrients including calcium, sodium and phosphorus are essential for feline health. Potassium is essential for muscle, kidney and heart health.
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Cats with potassium deficiency may come down with a nervous disorder that you will be able to distinguish by nervous, skittish behavior. Especially if your cat is usually laid back and easygoing, pay attention to sudden changes in behavior. If your cat jumps at noises or shies away from strangers, this could indicate a potassium deficiency.
Prolonged potassium deficiency can lead to sudden cardiac arrest in cats. This means the cat’s heart stops, creating an immediate danger that demands fast action. Seek out a veterinarian if your cat goes into cardiac arrest. If your cat has prolonged potassium deficiency, you need to have emergency contact information for your vet on hand.
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