My first recommendation would be to switch up the ladies’ diet and provide a high quality protein with low ash, phosphorus and magnesium as it’s the minerals and amino acids in protein that are damaging to kidneys, not meat protein itself.
How can I help my cat with kidney disease gain weight?
The following are prioritized nutritional goals for cats diagnosed with early CKD:
- Promote and increase water intake, transitioning to all or part canned food if necessary.
- Make diet changes gradually to increase acceptance.
- Meet individual calorie needs to maintain healthy, stable weight.
Why is my cat so skinny?
This is because a plush feline hair coat can readily mask how svelte or thin your cat is becoming. Some of the more common reasons cats will cut back on their food intake include: A painful problem in the mouth such as a growth or dental disease.
What can I feed an old cat?
High-quality ingredients are more digestible, giving cats more of the nutrients they need. Senior cats need more taurine, a heart-healthy ingredient found in cat food proteins such as fish, poultry and beef. Feed senior cats a dry food that’s 10% fat to 28% protein, or a wet food that’s 4% fat, and 8% protein.
How can I get my cat to eat more?
How to Get Your Cat to Eat
- Give them some canned/wet food (the stinkier the better — try seafood varieties)
- Give them some meat baby food.
- Add some water from a can of tuna or anchovies to their food.
- Add a little bit of warmed, low-sodium chicken broth to your thier food, whether it’s kibble or canned.
What can I feed my cat with early kidney disease?
The mineral phosphorus, for example, is naturally found in protein-rich foods, like meats and fish, is found in pet food. However, as PetMD emphasizes, phosphorus levels must be monitored in a cat with chronic kidney disease. Ask your veterinarian if Prescription Diet cat food might be a good option for your cat.
What are the symptoms of end stage kidney failure in cats?
Initial signs of kidney disease include: lethargy (laying around or tired all the time), loss of appetite, poor or ragged hair coat, increased water consumption (often overlooked in cats), and increased urination. Later signs include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and dehydration.
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