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What is the reason that Vets Recommend Renal Diets For Cats With Kidney Disease?

Friday, April 24, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

When our cat Atlantis was diagnosed with Kidney disease, our vet recommended putting him on a renal diet. The same suggestion was given when our cat Molly was first diagnosed with this disease. The result, both Atlantis and Molly didn’t touch this food. I was concerned because we need to keep them nourished and hydrated. The first thing I did was try to find out why a renal diet is recommended.  Here’s what I learned.

Research trials that have shown that restricted protein diets can prolong renal function. However, there is more to feeding a cat with compromised kidney function than simply restricting protein. The consequences of making poor dietary choices in these cats can be dire. A prescription renal diet means that the food contains less protein and lower phosphorus.

I needed to do more research to determine which food is lower in protein and phosphorus that my cats would eat. It took awhile but I did find a list of foods that were high quality and did contain lower phosphorus. It is hard to find non-prescription food that is low in protein so I had to compromise.

More on the continuous journey of Atlantis and his health isssues.

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