Low protein diet in cats - Answered by Dr. Van Lienden
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.
Usually senior cat food has lowered protein. You can check around and compare the different brands.
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Low protein diets for cats
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
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