Food for cats in kidney failure 2001, best natural food for
Before we get any deeper here, let me preface this article by saying this is NOT a substitute for veterinary advice and care. However, we learned a few things about feline kidney failure that your vet probably won’t tell you. She may not know these secrets. She may be “stuck” inside a conventional thinking box. And she may be hypnotized by the big money prescription cat food industry from which she earns commissions. When it comes to chronic kidney failure in cats, it is very much in your and your loved one’s best interest for you to #thinkforyourself.
Obtain a low-phosphorus, low-salt, low-protein, high-potassium "kidney failure" diet from your veterinarian if your cat has been diagnoses with CRF. Do not purchase cat diet products labeled, "For Urinary Health," as these diets are designed specifically for cats with bladder dysfunction and will harm a cat with CRF. Though "Urinary Health" diets are sold commercially in pet and grocery stores, diets for CRF are available only through your veterinarian. Choose the canned variety over dry food, as this will help your cat fight dehydration, since food in cans contains approximately 70 percent water. Be sure to leave plenty of extra water bowls throughout your home to encourage your cat to drink as much as possible.
Chronic renal (kidney) failure in cats is a common problem as pets age, especially those who have been fed a diet of primarily dry cat food. Switching to homemade cat food may offer the best chance of recovery.Since my cat was losing weight, I observed him carefully, and I noticed that he would go two to three days without pooping. In that time, as he became more constipated, he would eat less; then as soon as he eliminated, he would eat a lot. So I decided to try an additive: . These amazing little seeds are a super food that contains lots of Omega 3's (also recommended by my vet) and tons of fiber, as well as helping with hydration, which my cat really needs. I gave him maybe 1/2 tsp per food bowl. (I drink a teaspoon of these every morning myself in orange juice, along with a teaspoon of Very Green.)
Sure enough, before too long, he started becoming more regular and having a better appetite. He did not lose weight in the last six months, which is amazing given the extent of his kidney failure. I haven't been able to find any research on the use of chia in cats, but I told my vet, and he okayed it.
Update: I have since stopped the chia seeds and added , okayed by my vet, to help remedy constipation. This really helps too.
I used to add a few pieces of holistic kibble on top or mixed in. The reason for this is that my cat lived on kibble his whole life prior to this kidney failure. I did not know that cats are desert animals accustomed to getting most of their liquid from their food, and that I was damaging his health by feeding him kibble. Therefore, he became conditioned to thinking "food" means "kibble," so it wasn't really feeding time for him unless he heard the sound of the kibble box. Then he happily devoured his whole meal. Now he happily consumes his kibble-free meals.
Feel free to ask questions, and I will modify this article if I've left anything out.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.However, due to the melamine contamination of pet food in 2007, a great many cats (and dogs) developed Acute Renal Failure due to the poison. The tens of thousands of pets who got sick but recovered are likely to have some kidney impairment in the future, and the principles of treating CKD will also apply to them.