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Old 02-21-2019, 12:29 PM
 
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Much as i'd like to feed my 19 yr old male cat food out of a can he just wont touch it, we've tried several brand and different consistences and he ignores it and only eats dry food mostly this stuff in various flavors =
https://goo.gl/images/pcdndc .

we do feed him soft food twice a day for years but its a waste of money as he never touches the stuff.
Blood tests show no abnormalities .
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:28 PM
 
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However, changing the cat's diet could be an obstacle in itself, as the carby food is highly addictive. But if you can make any steps towards lower-carb food that will be beneficial. The higher protein and fat content it has, the better, in my opinion. Good luck.
This is true. Our Benny was my husband's cat before I moved in, and a dry-food addict. It took me YEARS before I switched him over to canned, but it was worth the hassle because he's doing decently for his age. You'll help your cat's health and well being!
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Old 02-21-2019, 04:30 PM
 
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Count me as another voice for canned or raw food. The way I understand it is that the kidneys fail as a result of diabetes from feeding a high-carb diet. If you take the cat off the carbs and put them on a no/low-carb food (raw or canned) the condition will stabilize and maybe even reverse.
Not exactly. I don't think diabetes and CKD are really related in cats (not in the way, for instance, CKD and hyperthyroid are). Both are caused by dry diets and a cat can have both diseases at the same time. The high carb content causes the diabetes. The lack of adequate water in the diet causes CKD.


EDIT: after doing a little reading- diabetes can lead to kidney failure in humans, but it isn't likely the same in cats.

Cats' kidneys are very fragile organs and even a cat eating a wet diet all her life may end up with CKD (like my little girl) but her chances are far better than if she ate dry, and it may also delay the onset for many years, if her body is genetically programed to it.

CKD is never reversible. Once the kidneys begin to fail there is no turning back. Maintenance treatment can last years sometimes, but kidneys are not regenerative.

Incidentally, kidney failure doesn't show up on blood work until kidney function is 75% gone. There is a newer test that may detect it earlier (SDMA), but it seems like I've read it's not as reliable as once thought. Not sure though.

Acute kidney failure, caused by a toxic substance, if caught in time, is not the same and can sometimes be reversed but careful monitoring for the rest of the cat's life will be needed and the cat should never ever eat dry diet..
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However, changing the cat's diet could be an obstacle in itself, as the carby food is highly addictive. But if you can make any steps towards lower-carb food that will be beneficial. The higher protein and fat content it has, the better, in my opinion. Good luck.
yes those high carb kibbles are addictive. Not just because of the carbs but because they are sprayed with icky flavorings and fats (not good for cats fats, either) to make the cat eat it and develop that addiction. No cat would ever eat something so foreign to their nature, otherwise. The cat can never be satisfied on a diet high in carbs and plant based proteins so they always want to eat more of it, besides.

Any cat can be transitioned, if the human is motivated enough, but it can take a lot of effort and time and patience. It CAN be done though,and is always worth it. Until someone has gotten a cat off kibble, they cannot imagine the difference between simply surviving, and thriving.

Dehydrated vs well hydrated..it's like night and day..

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Old 02-21-2019, 09:50 PM
 
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^^Thank you so much Catsmom21 !

Valuable information and greatly appreciated for all of us with furry cat babies
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Old 02-22-2019, 05:07 PM
 
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You're welcome. I've found the probiotic that is most recommended for kidney support in the Raw Feeding for IBD cats group.


It comes in powder or capsules


https://www.amazon.com/NOW-Probiotic...M3TXKKJA3YQ9RM

Sorry thought I had the recommended dose too. I'll have to come back with that.
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Old Today, 03:11 PM
 
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My vet recommended this diet for my sick cat and I gave to her for years. It probably extended her life. The stuff is expensive. She liked it.

I am told by a veterinary professor at the Cornell Feline Health Center (that does research) that there is no proof that it is effective. That was a few years ago.
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