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Can you recommend a good food for kidney problems?

June 6th, 2007, 11:57 AM
I had a close call with my little guy a few weeks ago. He had some elevated levels of protein and blood in his urine. We did the whole nine yards of tests...blood, ultrasound, x-ray. He's not in renal failure, but due to the high levels he's been put on Hill's Prescription diet. I've been advised to up his wet food as well but I can't make it to the vet until this weekend to pick up the wet, all we have is the dry. Can anyone recommend a good wet food that is low in protein, sodium, etc.? Or maybe something homemade? He won't touch his dry without SOMETHING..Any recommendations? Has anyone tried the Hill's food?

June 6th, 2007, 12:06 PM
If you are willing to go homemade, there is a email group that I have heard is really good.

This ( link also has a few suggestions.

I do not like the Hills food, and there is no strong research that I know of showing that restricted protein diets are best for animals with kidney disease.

June 6th, 2007, 12:41 PM
i agree with what sablecollie said.. i have researched a ton as my kitty is going through the same thing, and unless a cat is at the very end stages with renal, low protein is not the best thing, some vets feel it can actually encourage muscle waste. keeping them hydrated is of the utmost importance, a lot feel wet food to be ultimately the best, making sure there is always fresh water etc. Phosphorus seems to be more of a concern, keeping it under certain levels. Some more good links are

there are a ton of good links to info, food nutrient analysis if you google under renal cats

Good luck with your kitty :)

June 6th, 2007, 12:45 PM
I am not an expert on renal disease however here is an article that may be of interest:
Good luck

June 6th, 2007, 06:31 PM
Oh is this a kitty or a doggie? I assumed dog, I don't know why. But I'm distrustful of the low-protein diets either way. :o