Best cat food for cat with kidney disease?

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    NYTrappistMonkposted 14 years ago

    My older cat was just diagnosed with the beginning of kidney trouble.  Not surprisingly, the vet recommended Hill's Prescription k/d diet.

    Trouble is, my younger cat threw up for over 8 years, which stopped immediately when I switched their kibble from Hill's Science Diet to Wellness.  Plain and simple, I don't trust the product line.

    Is there a recommended product on the market?  Thanks.

    1. kymora profile image60
      kymoraposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      My cat is a 18 year old male, we were just diagnosed with KD and I was shocked to learn that I could have prevented it if I would not have feed him cheap kibble. I have done so much research on this! I am going  to share what i know and please everyone - get your cat off KIBBLE! Its' the worst thing you can feed your fur friends! Kibble dehydrates your pets. They use euthanized pets as part of the by products and both kibble and can foods. Cheap foods! No one wants you to know.  If possible switch your kitten and cats over to a raw food diet. There are many pet stores that  care already made raw foods frozen. If you have a finky cat like mine mix a high grade can cate food like Nature's Variety with the raw food. Nature's Valley has a website with nuturial information - low phospurous and sodium which a KD cat needs.  Primal Raw food is one of the best. It's not that much more expensive and well worth it.   We feed top of the line can but I had no idea that the kibble so bad. Stay away from the prescription food your vet support it's nothing but crap. Make sure you are using the Standard Process Feline Renal Suppliments you can get them at Check out both the Nature Variety webiste (they have many testomonies) and the Primal Frozen  food site.  You know we cannot cure but be can do something about it!  Much support and love you and your fur friends.

    2. Faybe Bay profile image65
      Faybe Bayposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      you can try shecking out BARF, I know it's sick, but it's a company that makes fresh pet foods, like they would eat if they were living in nature instead of home. I think there's a hub on it somewhere. I will look.

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    wordscribe41posted 14 years ago

    I have a cat that's been in CRF for over 2 years.  She loves the Royal Canin kidney diet, the only one she'll eat.  It seems particularly palatable to cats, unlike some of the other kidney specific diets.  I'm not trying to self-promote, but I do have a thorough hub on the topic.  Read the comments, lots of us discuss food.  Welcome to HP!!!

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    Crazdwriterposted 14 years ago

    aaa NY I'm sorry to hear about your sweet kitty. and listen to wordscribe she knows her stuff smile
    Welcome to hubpages by the way.

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      wordscribe41posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, CW... it's unfortunate I do have to know a lot about this topic...

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        Crazdwriterposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        yea that is true your poor baby. sad *hugs* to the brave little kitty and her human mommy smile

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    wordscribe41posted 14 years ago

    Thanks!  She's totally worth the effort.  Gotta love the kitties.

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      Crazdwriterposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      yep yep yep...I don't know how i would feel if any of my 3 kitty babies was diagnosed with kidney issues. I do know I would do whatever it takes to keep them living a full healthy life..

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    NYTrappistMonkposted 14 years ago

    Ask Susan Peters gave all of the foods poor marks.  IAMS is so revolting, they should be in jail.

    I'll certainly try the Royal Canin, but wasn't aware she thought much of that, either.

  6. Whitney05 profile image82
    Whitney05posted 14 years ago

    Not all cats are the same, and I know that once you loose respect for something it's hard to gain it back. Give hills k/d a try. There are other brands though that have a kidney formula. I'm just not sure what they are off the top of my head.

    Royal Canin is an ok brand to try.  There are others, in general, that are much better though.

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    B.C. BOUTIQUEposted 14 years ago

    I have to say , it might be best to take the time and make your own hollistic food from fresh ingredients to prolong your kitties lifespan.
    many of the foods sold may brag they are good for this and that, but by comparison shopping, many do have the same ingredients.
    If you can not make fresh, holistic foods, go for a very low ash content and a decent protein content..avoid any food that lists meal, by-product-or corn as one of its top 7 ingredients.

    the top 7 rule is one I stick by for even the most healthiest animals ( I breed boxers and have 2 cats and a few other pets ) ...

    Natural is the best route when having to deal with disease, and by picking a few fresh items up at the grocery store will also save you money over the span of the cats life because a good , all natural and holistic food is quite expensive and are not easily found.


  8. spiderspun profile image61
    spiderspunposted 14 years ago

    Our cats got sick on the vet brand urinary food too.
    I have always fred them techni cal regular. When our tom cat got old and urinary problems he did much betteron the urinary Techni cal brand cat food. He live 7 years after bein dx. The vet always said the cat is on borrowed time, feed it the vet food, but we stuck with the urinary brand techni cal and did fine.

    Same with the dog, he hates the vet type food and would starve on it. What is up with that, seems backwards sending a sick animal home on vet brant food that is so bland that they refuse to eat it.

    Our little Chiahuahu is well into 11 years and had an above average welnes blood test. His diet is the lamb abd rice tecni cal then we offer him healthy pure meats and veggies cooked. 2.2 pound and spunky little mut

    Hollistic fresh ingrdients would be perfect supplement for a cat on and excellent cat kibble too

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    B.C. BOUTIQUEposted 14 years ago

    I do give all the animals kibble but mix it with home made holistic foods...when I have a pregnant boxer ( once a year ) she only gets the fresh holistic foods so I make sure I have healthy , strong pups  smile


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