Question by Lady Lynx: Some questions about feline kidney failure.?
I’ve done some research on my own about it, and I’m getting conflicting results about whether lower protein or lower phosphorus is best for cats with renal failure. I asked a Vet Tech I know what her advise was, and she said lower protein, since it’s harder to metabolize than phosphorus is. Following her advise, I’ve been giving my cat Authority wet cat food, which is lower in protein than the other available food. I have her on Science Diet hairball control for mature cats for her dry food. The vet wanted me to put her on Hill’s prescription diet. I’m planning on getting some of that wet food tomorrow..
So I guess to shorten it down..
-Which is more important for cats with kidney failure, low protein, or low phosphorus? If both, what are some brands that have low amounts of both?
-Is the Hill’s prescription diet a good one?
-If I use the Hill’s prescription diet for both wet and dry food, will it be safe to feed my other, healthy cat? Or will she get less nourishment?
-If it isn’t nutritionally good for the healthy cat to eat that diet, then can you give me any tips on how to start scheduling their feeding time rather than leaving the dry food out all the time so that they each get the food they need?
Answer by troublesniffer
Here is one of the best articles around about this condition and diet information. I have a cat that is showing some symptoms and is borderline CRF, but my holistic vet is very adamant that Hills is a lousy food, actually, as it is really poor nutrtion. Vets sell rx foods as a business, and most vets don’t really get a whole lot of training in feline nutrition. Of course, you should not feed your healthy cat any rx diet that is made for a medical condition. That is not the proper nutrition for them at all.
Read this article, please and do try and find a holistic vet who can give you alternatives of excellent nutrition and other resources to help your kitty. There is a huge controvery going on about CRF diets right now, but this article makes a lot of sense and is completely in synch with my vet’s recommendations.
Also you might join the CRF group on Yahoo for support.
Those folks are dealing with the problem and have a lot of resources and information available to help. Cats can live a long time, depending on the severity of the condition, adding sub q fluids when needed to help, as well. Your vet can teach you how to administer this treatment. Many people use it with no problems at all to extend a high quality of life for their kitties.
Good luck with your kitty and I do hope you get some really good information about how to handle your CRF kitty. I had one who lived two years with treatment and a diet which supported her… not Hills!
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