Many of us have cats with special dietary needs, and finding a food that is appropriate can be tricky. Finding a kidney-friendly diet can be downright complicated, (even involving, ack, math!) We know, 'cause we've been there - both of Anita's cats have been diagnosed with some form of kidney failure. Neither case is very advanced, but it's super important right now to feed them the kidney friendliest diets she can. We got a lot of help from a few websites with great detailed info on everything (or many things at least) having to do with kitty kidneys and diet (felinecrf.org, catinfo.org). Here are some of the highlights & main points we found, as well as some of the foods that we carry that may be a
easier on the kidneys.
If your cat has some form of kidney failure, especially a very advanced case, make any changes to diet with the oversight of a holistic or traditional vet.
That being said, much of the traditional thinking about feeding cats with kidney problems a low protein diet comes from studies that were done on rats and humans. Cats are true obligate carnivores whose bodies were designed to process meat most efficiently. Current research is finding it may be more important to watch the quality of the protein, not necessarily the quantity. One of the big things this means is you want a food whose protein comes from high quality meat, not from grains.
It has been found though, that you want to make sure the level of phosphorus in the food is as low as possible (under .5% is ideal, but at least under 1%) and meat can be high in phosphorus. So it's important to choose your high quality protein source carefully. Diets higher in phosphorus seem to accelerate the rate of decline in the kidneys.
It's also very important to feed a diet high in moisture. This means no dry food at all. For tips on how to transition a dry food addict to a wet food such as canned, dehydrated raw, or frozen raw food, check out catinfo.org. See the list below for some of the canned foods we carry that may be beneficial to a kitty with kidney problems as well as the phosphorus level of that food. It's not a comprehensive list and I'll be adding to it as I get more info from some of our manufacturers on phosphorus levels. It's also important to note that the phosphorus levels on cans of food can be misleading. You need to convert the number to dry matter basis before you can see if the food is actually under 1%. I've done this for you on the foods below.
Kidney Approriate Cat Diets Avaialble at FOLT
Wellness Healthy Indulgence Chicken, Duck, and Shrimp - .76%
Rad Cat Raw Frozen Lamb- .79% (note: we don't stock this, but can special order it at any time)
Merrick Before Grain 96% Beef- .79%
The Honest Kitchen Prowl (dehydrated raw)- .84%
Merrick Cowboy Cookout- .84%
Wellness Healthy Indulgence Turkey and Duck- .86%
Merrick Thanksgiving Day Dinner- 86%
Evo 95% Chicken & Turkey- .88%
Wellness Healthy Indulgence Chicken, Crab, and Herring- .92%
Merrick Before Grain 96% Turkey- .95%
Primal Raw Frozen Feline Beef & Salmon- .96%
Posts made after 2/1/2013 written by Kelly. Most older articles written by Cathy. She accepts sole responsibility for typos and bad grammarisms.