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Renal food for cats

phatcat
January 5th, 2012, 10:56 PM
Howdy Folks!

Our cat has CRF and is starting to get tired of KD and (royal canin) LP. Does anyone know whether Purina NF and/or Iams Renal food are available in Ontario?

Thanks!

growler~GateKeeper
January 6th, 2012, 01:26 AM
How old is your cat, when was s/he diagnosed?
How is your cat feeling? ie normal/active or depressed/grouchy/hiding etc
What treatments aside from food are you currently doing?
Do you have a copy of the lab report numbers for BUN, Creatinine, USG etc?

I don't live in Ont but I'm sure some Vet clinic there would carry those foods or be willing/able order them in for you.

However you need not limit your CRF cat to prescription-based low protein/no taste foods, here are some good quality low phosphorus canned foods to try:

By Nature Organics (http://www.bynaturepetfoods.com/productpages/organiccannedcat.php) Turkey & Turkey Liver, Chicken & Chicken Liver, Turkey & Chicken, Chicken & Mackerel, Beef & Beef Liver

Innova Flex Beef & Barley Stew (http://www.innovapet.com/products/default.asp?id=1693)
Evo 95% Chicken & Turkey (http://www.evopet.com/products/default.asp?id=1662)

Felidae Platinum (http://www.canidae.com/cats/platinum/canned.html)
Felidae Cat & Kitten (http://www.canidae.com/cats/cat_and_kitten/canned.html)
Felidae Grain Free (http://www.canidae.com/cats/grain-free-cat-food/canned.html)

Merricks Before Grain 96% Beef (http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/detail.php?c=114&s=20481)
Merricks Before Grain 96% Turkey (http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/detail.php?c=114&s=20480)

Merricks Cowboy Cookout (http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/detail.php?c=52&s=20246)
Merricks Thanksgiving Day Dinner (http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/detail.php?c=52&s=01803)

Halo Spots Stew Wholesome Chicken (http://shop.halopets.com/Canned-Cat-Food/Wholesome-Chicken-Recipe-3-5-oz)
Halo Spots Stew Wholesome Turkey (http://shop.halopets.com/Canned-Cat-Food/Cat-Canned-Turkey-3-5oz)

Wellness (http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/recipes.aspx?pet=cat&ft=2) Turkey, Chicken, Beef & Chicken, Beef & Salmon, Kitten, Wellness Core Chicken Turkey & Chicken Liver (other flavours are too high in phos)

Holistic Select Turkey & Barley (http://www.holisticselect.com/product.aspx?pet=cat&cat=2&pid=33)
Holistic Select Duck & Chicken (http://www.holisticselect.com/product.aspx?pet=cat&cat=2&pid=30)

Many more choices listed here http://www.felinecrf.org/canned_food_usa.htm#food_data_tables

Have a read through this thread you may find some useful information to help your cat Early Stage Kidney Failure in Cat (http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=45017)

Feel free to ask any CRF related questions you may have :pawprint:

phatcat
January 7th, 2012, 05:28 PM
Hi! Thanks for the response. Will look into these alternatives to prescription diets.

flipgirl4
January 10th, 2012, 02:27 AM
Purina NF is not available in Canada due to some ingredient Canada won't allow. That is what I have been told. You can only get the dry here. Which sucks because my CRF cat likes it too. Not that I love the ingredients in any of the rx diets but it's the results we're after right?

I feed my cat a rotation as he is picky as heck. I feed holistic selects turkey & barley, wellness turkey, wellness chicken, Natural Balance's limited ingredient foods (duck, salmon, chicken and venison favours), k/d, Medi-cal reduced protein and royal canin renal lp. Sometimes I will feed him food he shouldnt have because he will refuse everything. I feed him 1/2 can three times a day and cannot feed him two cans of the same food in a row, sometimes he won't eat the second half of the can. This is a problem with cats with CRF I think.

phatcat
January 11th, 2012, 11:22 AM
Purina NF is not available in Canada due to some ingredient Canada won't allow. That is what I have been told. You can only get the dry here. Which sucks because my CRF cat likes it too. Not that I love the ingredients in any of the rx diets but it's the results we're after right?

I feed my cat a rotation as he is picky as heck. I feed holistic selects turkey & barley, wellness turkey, wellness chicken, Natural Balance's limited ingredient foods (duck, salmon, chicken and venison favours), k/d, Medi-cal reduced protein and royal canin renal lp. Sometimes I will feed him food he shouldnt have because he will refuse everything. I feed him 1/2 can three times a day and cannot feed him two cans of the same food in a row, sometimes he won't eat the second half of the can. This is a problem with cats with CRF I think.

I totally empathize with your frustration with feeding your picky cat. You may want to try mixing his canned food in a dish with a small amount of omega3 oil. Our cat really likes it and it should also help with hairballs.

In regards to the NF, I am really curious what this ingredient is and whether it is a good thing or not.

Either way, our cat has tried pretty much everything and seems to consistently like the NF. Her BUN/CRT numbers have been consistent (borderline above the high end of normal), so I'm trying not to change her diet...

Rosalinde
February 1st, 2013, 03:25 PM
Hi! I was just trying to find Purina NF Kidney Function canned cat food in Canada. I was told that the animal hospital's suppliers are prohibited from importing this food because it contains American beef. So it seems there is no dangerous ingredient in the food. I think this situation is sad. This food looks like the only one which my very sick kitty, who has inflammatory bowel disease as well as stage 4 kidney disease, might be able to eat. We're now trying out Hill's g/d cans and hoping for the best. Purina NF dry food is available, I was told by the animal hospital.