Low-Protein Cat Food for Cats With Kidney Disease - Pets
My 10 year-old cat was just diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, and I was told he needs to eat special food. What does this mean for him?
Providing the proper nutrition for your cat can help reduce the risk of kidney disease and failure and improve her overall health. If your cat has been diagnosed with kidney disease, modifying her food can help slow the progression of disease and lengthen her lifespan. Specially formulated foods can be beneficial to the kidneys by having less protein and phosphorous than other pet foods. Phosphorus restriction can lessen the severity of the symptoms and progression of kidney damage, while decreased, high-quality proteins can help restore normal acid-base levels.
I rescued a 13 yr-old cat who was soon found to have failing kidneys. I watched his labs and gave a phosphorus binder when the time came (with his vet’s approval), and kept giving him the highest protein foods he would eat. I gave him supplements (liquids) for his arthritis every AM mixed into Gerber Stage 2 baby food — all meat and nothing else. Even tho he did not have high blood pressure (and when we tried a medication anyway, it made him dizzy so I had to give that up) he went blind. Our wonderful vet could never find the reason. But MoMo just stayed indoors then, except to nap on the back porch in the sun, where he found his way around very easily. When he died, he was still comfortable — he never had distressing symptoms of kidney disease and he did not die of it.
Homemade Cat Food Recipe for Cats with Kidney Disease
Blue Buffalo kidney disease diet for dogs and cats - PetfoodIndustry
Cat food specifically tailored for the needs of cats with renal failure should contain high-quality protein to minimize strain on kidneys. At first it might even be important to feed a low-protein diet, depending on the animal's illness and the vet's recommendations. A low-phosphorus diet can reduce mineral deposits in the kidneys. The food should also be low-sodium and contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E to slow disease progression. Cats need supplemental taurine. A B-vitamin complex will increase appetite and energy.There is a lot of controversy about whether there is a high benefit to feeding prescription kidney diets for cats with kidney disease. I personally have used them for 20 years, and feel as though I have seen great results, . However, there is no way to know for certain whether the cats would have done just as well on another food.The objective of treatment for cats with kidney disease is to control disease progression. In most cases there is no cure. Hindsight is 20/20, but prevention is the best cure, especially with a heart-wrenching diagnosis of kidney disease, because in most cases, damage is not reversible. A modified diet reduced in protein, phosphorus, and sodium reduces many of the cat’s symptoms and may also preserve the remaining healthy kidney tissue. Fluid therapy might be necessary to relieve severe symptoms. Cats with advanced kidney disease will feel nauseous, inappetent, and vomit frequently. However, caregivers should make an effort to get the cat to eat regular meals to prevent the body from metabolizing its own muscle tissue, which will worsen the cat’s discomfort. At times this may mean bribing the cat to eat anything as opposed to nothing. Of equal importance is to keep the cat well hydrated. Because most cats dislike drinking plain water, it is best to feed moist food and avoid dry products. Foods can also be watered down and unsalted broths may also be offered. Regular, in-home subcutaneous fluid therapy might become necessary if the advanced disease state makes the cat very uncomfortable. It is imperative that the ailing cat is no longer subjected to toxic substances including most flea treatments. Regular laboratory testing of the cat’s blood and urine, especially for levels of Blood Urea Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium can be very helpful in monitoring whether the therapeutic measures are effective in halting the progression of the disease or even improving the condition.Baking soda should never be used in pet food! It is sodium bicarbonate and will spike the sodium levels in the food dangerously high. An Amazon review of the second edition of the book , points out this error all through the book of stating that baking soda is calcium carbonate. It is not! Also for cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the preferred phosphorous binder is aluminum hydroxide so as not to elevate their often already too high blood calcium levels. If the CKD is not too advanced and your cat's calcium a good level, well in the normal range, then calcium carbonate can be safely used. You can get calcium carbonate in bulk, likely through a pharmacy.