|Purred: Thu Jan 12, '12 11:40am PST |
|Wilbur, I only partly agree about diet and think Merlin also has a very good point. Genes, environment, diet and the aging process all come into play as a cat ages. The cause of chronic feline kidney failure is unknown at this time. Sadly, old age catches up to all of us.
Every cat should eat quality food no matter their age and or when they start. However, even when a good diet is started later in life, it doesn’t seem to make any difference in preventing CKD and other diseases. We wish it did! It might delay the onset but won’t prevent it.
And look at all the cats who eat crummy diets all of their lives, live long lives and don't get these diseases or only develop them very late in life. Genes definitely play a role. You mustn't blame yourself for your other cat's kidney disease!
A good diet (grain free wet food or raw) does prevent and help control diabetes, pancreatitis and IBD/IBS, but doesn't seem to matter with diseases like CKD and hyperthyroidism.
My sister and I were over 9-1/2 years old and had eaten Friskies wet and dry foods all of our lives when we were adopted in January 2006.
Mommy completely changed our diet during the first few months. She consulted a holistic vet and read everything she could about feline diet. She weaned us from all dry food. By June 2006, we were eating quality, grain free wet food only and never looked back. We even tried a raw diet!
Yet I have had hyperthyroidism for over 3 years and CKD for about a year and a half. My sister got cancer, heart disease and CKD.
Eating better food didn't help us. It hasn’t prevented other older cats we know from getting diseases like CKD and hyperthyroidism even though they eat quality wet food or raw diets.
If diet alone is the secret to avoiding kidney failure and other common feline diseases, then you need to eat a quality diet from kittenhood or a very young age.
Edited by author Thu Jan 12, '12 11:46am PST
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