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Feline Kidney Disease and Diet

Sunday, January 3, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

catvet4I’ve mentioned that my cat Molly is suffering from Kidney disease. Unfortunately, this condition cannot be reversed. It took me awhile to digest this news but now I want to keep Molly living a quality life for as long as possible. My vet put Molly on a prescription diet consisting of low protein and low phosphorous. I’m learned that with kidney disease, the kidneys cannot break down the protein properly. The tricky thing is that cats eat protein so this is a bit of a catch 22. At first, I was mixing this food with her other food but I was advised against it by my vet. I have to keep Molly on this diet for the rest of her life. But what do I do, if she won’t eat? Fortunately, Molly loves the Geenie pill pocket treats. I use them when I administer her thyroid medication (She also has an overactive thyroid). My vet said that it was OK to put one or two in with her food. I break them up, mix them in with the food, heat the food for about 10 seconds. So far, so good. Molly has been adjusting to her new diet. My vet also said that it was ok to mix in some fresh boiled chicken or turkey in with her food  but not to give her any other food.

I hope that Molly will continue to eat this diet. I am learning to take it one day at a time with her.

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