Hill's Prescription Diet k/d Kidney Care Chicken Dry Cat Food
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A kidney diet is low in both phosphorus and protein, and is enriched with vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. Remember that it’s important to introduce your cat to new foods gradually. Your vet can advise you how to make this transition an easy one.
You may panic if you cannot get your cat to eat a reduced protein food. Take a deep breath. In (2005) Dr S Little states "Never try to force an anorexic patient with chronic renal insufficiency to eat a protein-restricted diet. Instead, concentrate on encouraging anorexic patients to eat." Focus on getting food into your cat and getting him or her stabilised before you worry about feeding reduced protein. See the page for more tips on getting your cat to eat the therapeutic kidney diet and what to do if you can't succeed. See the page for more information on feeding tubes and tips on getting your cat to eat.
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(2) High Quality Protein - Many veterinarians state that diets consisting of high quality protein help cats with kidney issues. As the “obligate carnivore”, a cat most efficiently utilizes high quality protein for energy. What the cat does not use from its food is then sent into the bloodstream as waste. Eventually, this waste is filtered by the kidneys. It is therefore best to feed cats foods that will emit the least amount of harmful toxins into the bloodstream which will in turn be the least taxing on the kidneys. Such proteins are animal based proteins that contain clean muscle meat flesh. Inferior protein sources are those that come from animal by-products or from plant based sources, such as wheat gluten or corn gluten.Laboratory tests are needed to definitively diagnose CKD. A blood test alone is usually not sufficient; a urinalysis must be taken at the same time the blood is drawn. Kidney disease is likely present when the cat is “azotemic” AND the urine is not sufficiently concentrated. “Azotemia” means that there is an increase in particular compounds in the blood; specifically blood urea nitrogen–BUN–and/or creatinine. The measurement of urine concentration is called Urine Specific Gravity (USG). If the cat’s USG is less than 1.035 (1.030 in dogs) AND azotemia is present, then kidney function is abnormal. BUN and/or creatinine may be high if the animal is dehydrated (common in cats who eat a lot of dry food, or during hot weather or after a stressful car ride). They may also be increased in animals on a high protein diet. As long as the kidneys are able to concentrate the urine, small elevations in BUN and/or creatinine are usually not a cause for alarm.Firstly, it’s important for you to know that this problem is 100% caused by commercial foods. It is not protein that causes it, since felines are obviously adapted in every way to consume mostly protein. So the question that the vets seem determined to avoid asking or answering is, if the kidneys of cats are set up to digest a diet made up mostly of protein, what is it about the protein they’re getting that’s wearing out the kidneys?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.