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Diet for kidney problems: How to help your cat


Many cats struggle with kidney problems - especially older velvet paws. For example, if your kitty suffers from chronic kidney failure, it is extremely important to adjust her diet to relieve the kidneys. Ideally, your cat can then live a symptom-free life. A cat with kidney problems needs special food - Shutterstock / Okssi

Chronic renal failure gradually becomes noticeable. Your cat suddenly drinks a lot of water or visits the toilet more often. The problem: the kidneys are no longer working properly. Certain food ingredients can no longer be broken down properly, causing harmful metabolic products to accumulate in the body - which can gradually poison the cat. A change in diet is not only sensible, but can be life-saving.

Proper nutrition for kidney problems: principles

If your pet has kidney problems, you need to adjust its diet. What your cat needs now is a lot of fluid. In a first step, make sure that your cat always has enough water available. Place a bowl or a cat fountain in every room.

But you should also keep an eye on the food of your velvet paw. A cat with kidney problems needs food that contains as little protein and phosphate as possible. The magnesium and sodium content of the food should also be low. Special kidney diet for cats best meets all of these requirements. Get advice from your veterinarian on what feed is most likely to be of interest to your kitty. There is both wet and dry food that is specially designed for cats with kidney disease. With wet food, however, it is easier for your cat to absorb enough fluid.

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Which feed is also suitable?

Raw food or a home-cooked meal are also ways to change the diet of a cat with kidney problems. Here you can influence the composition of the menu for your pet. Important: It is better not to feed too much meat - there is a lot of protein in it that your kidney cat's body can no longer handle so well.

Also, be careful not to feed too many carbohydrates, but instead choose healthy fats instead. Animal fats such as salmon oil, goose or pork lard are the best choice here. Talk to your veterinarian about exactly what and how much you can give your kidney-sick cat to eat - because the better the diet is adapted to the changed needs of your cat, the longer its life expectancy.

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    22-03-2016 19:03:34

    NicoleLordes: Sorry guys ... there is a lot wrong with you. On the one hand, dry food is recommended as a healthy diet, the second post is about kidney diet. Nobody comes up with the idea that dry food causes exactly that because cats cannot drink so much to balance the water balance, because dry food draws water from the body. Dry food quote: As we have already learned, the cat is not domesticated, the digestive tract is still similar to that of its wild ancestors. As an original desert animal, it draws about 80% to 90% of its fluid requirements from the meat and drinks little. So here we are facing the next problem. Of course, many say that their cats drink enough, but that is almost impossible. A test with a handful of dry food shows how much a cat would need to drink to at least balance the dry food. To do this, measure how much water the dry food can absorb by soaking it until it is completely soaked. Few cats manage this balance. The dry food therefore draws a lot of fluid from the body. This is how the salts otherwise dissolved in the urine crystallize. Due to the feed, the pH value shifts to an area in which crystals can form. If the pH value is permanently too low, this favors the formation of oxalate stones. If the pH value is permanently too high, i.e. basic, struvite stones are often the result. This often leads to urethral displacement, penile amputation or even death. Furthermore, the insufficient intake of fluids and the drainage from the dry food put a heavy strain on the kidneys, which in most cases will lead to death sooner or later. Almost everyone knows owners whose cats have died of CRF or have perhaps already lost a beloved animal themselves. The teeth are also affected. The dry food does not clean the teeth, as some still believe - on the contrary, it deposits on the teeth as a sticky coating and thus forms breeding grounds for bacteria. The effect is like eating butter biscuits for dental care. Many cats get painful tooth and gum disease and eventually lose teeth. In nature, chewing a mouse etc. is the perfect tooth cleaning. The regular feeding of pieces of meat, mice and / or day-old chicks (both of course as frozen food, so not live) fulfills this task perfectly. Report abuse