food for cat with kidney insufficiency

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Purred: Thu Jan 12, '12 7:27pm PST 
Hi all, i actually no longer have a cat, but my friend has an older cat that is apparently deaf and has been diagnosed with kidney insufficiency. Of course the first thing the vet did was put it on Royal Canin prescription food, and she is very unhappy with the ingredients in this food. She knows it has to be low protein and high phosphorus, and was even going to look into homemade diet if she cant find anything better quality. I was wondering if anyone can give any good recommendations on food (preferably not raw or homemade) or alternate diets that would be ok for this cat. Any info is appreciated!


Education is the- Key
Purred: Fri Jan 13, '12 1:34am PST 
So sorry about your friends cat. Please get your friend to read this link here, it will explain everything you need to know about "kidney insufficiency" and really what kind of food your friends cat should be getting. The low protein is actually not right at all. A high protein diet with phosphrous binders is what is needed maybe, for your friends cat. http://www.felineoutreach.org/Education/Kidney.html
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Kaci- Sunshine - Beloved- Angel

Sugar 'n Spice
Purred: Fri Jan 13, '12 5:45am PST 
No special prescription food is needed. There are prescription foods available from vets and your friend's vet may tell your friend that it's best to feed a prescription food. However, most cats don't like the prescription food and refuse to eat it.

Cats who have kidney insufficiency need all the water they can get and it's best to feed a good quality wet food and avoid all dry food. Your friend should feed her cat whatever he'll eat because cats with kidney disease become very picky and often refuse to eat. Your friend's cat won't need a phosphorus binder unless his BUN becomes very elevated. In fact, adding a phosphorus binder to a cat's food isn't a good idea and isn't recommended unless the BUN is very high. If that does happen, there is a tasteless phosphorus binder that comes in powder form that can be added to the food.