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Low protein diet in cats - Answered by Dr. Van Lienden

December 30th, 2004, 11:20 AM
My other cat needs a low protein diet. What exactly is a low protein diet for a cat? She prefers dry food. IAMS is what is in her bowl now. Is there anything else to feed her? I understand canned is not it. Thanks again for helping me.

Lucky Rescue
December 30th, 2004, 11:28 AM
Usually senior cat food has lowered protein. You can check around and compare the different brands.

December 30th, 2004, 11:33 AM
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January 5th, 2005, 06:43 AM
Cats are obligate carnivores, they can not manufacture certain amino acids. If feeding a diet, then use a premium diet that has as its protein source some animal product.

Plant proteins are not easily digestible and can cause a fair amount of wear and tear on the kidneys. If your kitty suffers from liver disease or kidney disease, then use a prescription diet such as Hill's/Iams/Purina/etc. Prescription diets come in wet and dry preparations.

If you are cooking for your pet, than make certain that animal protein is a key ingredient. I would consider anything less than 18% as low protein, other sources will have moderately different levels according to methods used to measure protein percentage, whether on a dry or wet basis, etc.

Dr. Van Lienden

Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124