That was probably 6 months ago. She stopped urinating all over the house right away. Her gas problems gradually got better. Now she is doing better defecating. She seems so much happier. Don't know that I did the right thing, but I do feel it was right for her. She now enjoys foods other than the pouches, but I try to give her quality low protein. She still has a bowl of k/d hard food available if she chooses, but no more k/d wet food. And frankly, cats with kidney disease probably shouldn't eat dry food but I didn't want to switch her food completely. She gets wet food (quality commercial low protein... not Hills) whenever she asks for it these days.
Kidney Disease in Cats - Cat Diseases | Hill's Pet
Long-term feeding of an all-dry-food diet is also suspected as a factor in CKD. Cats’ kidneys are highly efficient and adapted to life in the desert, where they would get most or all of their water from eating their prey. Cats eating dry cat food take in only half the water that cats on a canned or homemade diet get; this chronic dehydration can cause stress on the kidneys over time. Dry diets also predispose cats to lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD, LUTD, FUS, crystals, stones, cystitis) because they force such a high degree of urine concentration. Chronic or recurrent bladder disease may also be a factor in the development of CKD.
Kidney failure and diet in cats - The Conscious Cat
My Manx was just diagnosed with kidney failure at 4 years old. He was a rescue cat, I found him under my dock about two years ago covered in ulcers, mange, fleas, mites in his eyes and ears and matted fur. He was a mess. got him cleaned up and healthy, he’s been fine. last week I noticed he had lost weight. a few days later I noticed he had stopped eating and was lethargic so took him to the vet. yesterday he spent all day 12 hours on a IV drip of water/electrolytes. He drinks excessively, always has. his numbers dropped a little. today he go through it again. I started him on KD hills dry food , he doesn’t like wet and he doesn’t like the KD stuff. so now what? do I just give him what he wants and quality of life or do I force feed him food he hates just to keep him alive. I just went through this with my father (kidney failure) so I am very familiar with the whole diet thing. my heart is aching
Alternative to Hills Science Diet KD - That Home Site! - GardenWeb
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.I want to thank all of the loving parents who posted here and stopped me from falling into the abyss that Hill's Prescription Diet seems to have skillfully crafted for so many of us who find ourselves wanting to listen to the veterinarian who we've trusted with our precious babies for so long and who we've probably even - in my case - come to admire. When my little black panther who is 19 years young started to be constipated too often and cry at the box I took him to his doctor. We ran blood tests and found that they were really way better than expected for his age. (Thank You God). His doctor had worried about his kidney but the count was not off except for I think she said by one point? This was last Friday, 3 days ago. However, In addition to the medication for constipation, she sent him home with some Hill's Prescription Diet k/d dry kibble to give along with his regular food.