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Update on Molly

Saturday, January 9, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

MAs you know my cat Molly was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and Kidney disease. Molly is 16 1/2 and the prognosis is not good. My vet put her on a prescription diet consisting of Hills kidney care food. This food is low in Phosphorus and low in protein. High protein is rough on the kidneys. Cats are supposed to eat protein so there’s lots of controversy over this. Molly hates this food and will not eat it. The beginning of this week was a bit difficult. She was listless and wouldn’t eat or drink. The other part of the problem is that she has to take medicine to slow her thyroid down. I’ve taken this medicine myself, so I know what it’s effects can be. It does make you tired and depressed. I’ve decided to do some research on my own. I’ve discovered that there are other foods that are lower in protein and phosphorus. The two I’ve chosen are Felo which has about 11% protein and Neo which has about 7% protein. I mix the two together add some juice from the purina broths for cats and add some home cooked baked chicken. Regular cat food has about 33% protein. These products are not sold in supermarkets. I got them from a local pet store here in Delaware.

Molly seems much better. She’s not sleeping as much, she looks physically better and she’s eating and drinking regularly. Sometimes, you have to do your own research. I am concerned that veterinarians don’t offer other diet options. I’m a bit suspicious as to why . I will continue to monitor Molly’s eating and drinking habits and adjust as necessary.

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