Low-Protein Cat Food for Cats With Kidney Disease - Pets
Both and are good sources of info about kidney disease in cats. But this food info on the former site is probably what will help you most:
Hi there. For cats with CKD, it is important that their food has low protein and low phosphorus levels. 10% protein is very high and will make the kidney disease spread quicker. KD is the standard food that the vet will prescribe (my cat was on that as well).
Agreed. My cat showed signs of early kidney disease and her vet recommended a prescription diet. I asked why and was told that foods high in phosphorous were not good for cats with kidney issues. I tried giving her the prescription diet foods, but she wouldn’t eat them (and yes, they weren’t too kind on my pocket either). I ended up doing my own research on cat foods that were low in phosphorous and found a natural brand (Wellness) with very low levels, as well as very low or no grains, which the kidneys find hard to process. I figured she’s better eating SOMETHING that’s relatively healthy rather than not eating food she doesn’t like at all. She tried it and loves it ! I believe the vet had her best interests at heart, but was a little sceptical, seeing the prescription foods stocked on their shelves that they are encouraged to push to patients. When in doubt, it pays to do your own research.
Homemade Cat Food Recipe for Cats with Kidney Disease
Food for Kidney Disease in Cats and Dogs | PetCareRx
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.The perfect kidney diet? Ideally, these cats would eat a canned kidney diet. However, some cats simply don’t like canned food. And if the owner didn’t feed the cat canned food before the development of the kidney disease, the chances of that cat eating canned after being diagnosed with kidney disease is next to nil, according to Dr. Heinze.