“I would always prefer a cat with Stage 3 or Stage 4, and some Stage 2 — depending on how high the cat’s levels are and what stage they’re in — to eat a canned kidney diet, or at least a diet that is lower in phosphorous and protein. However, I would rather a cat with kidney disease eat a dry renal diet than a canned non-renal diet. A lot of the regular canned diets tend to be higher in phosphorous, sodium and higher in protein than dry diets. You can create more problems for a cat by feeding a diet with inappropriate nutrient levels than are likely to be made up for by the moisture in the canned food,” says Dr. Heinze.
Homemade Meals for Cats With Kidney Disease - Pets
Your cat should be given canned foods due to the higher moisturecontent. Diets that require a prescription that are made for cats withkidney problems include Eukeanuba MultiStage Renal, Purina VeterinaryNF, and Royal CaninModified Formula or Renal LP 21.
Low-Protein Cat Food for Cats With Kidney Disease - Pets
Around 30% of CKD cats have levels which are too low. This occurs because potassium is easily lost through increased urination and vomiting. Therapeutic kidney diets contain extra potassium (all cat foods need some potassium), and this is usually in the form of potassium citrate, because potassium citrate may help with a problem seen in some CKD cats called .
The best diet for a cat with CKD is the one she'll eat
In addition, I did find a couple sites that have information that may be helpful. The first one is written by a vet who seems to understand some of the problems with commercial foods but as far as I can gather ends up just pushing canned foods over kibble. The info on kidney disease is helpful however: . The other one I found has several different articles about feeding raw food to renal insufficient cats. I think it’s too much information because we don’t really learn more by dissecting the issue down to atoms, but it may be helpful to you: . There may be info on these and other sites that conflicts with something you’ve heard from me or otherwise causes confusion. If it misdirects you (I.e., away from feeding your cat a simple, raw, fresh meat diet), I would recommend that you ignore it.This is what I’m doing for my cat now. His creatinine is almost 3.0 but BUN falls in the normal range. My cat has been feeding Ziwipeak (dry food) for a long time but he started to vomit after meal recently. So I switch his food to cans and he is doing fine now. Do you know anything about “Nutripe” canned foods? They are also grain-free and meat based canned foods. Just want to know are they good enough for cats with kidney problems. Thank you!