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Old July 22nd, 2011, 12:45 AM
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no, no sypmtoms of nausea. other than vomiting yesterday (we gave her salmon for the first time, so that might have done it).
Good she isn't showing any symptoms, it was just a one time thing

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vet said she wasn't dehydrated which is good. she is now drinking from the fountain
awesome

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last night bedtime she looked really hungry so we fed her and she inhaled half the food, then stopped lol. this morning she had another solid eating (after 2 foods). So w'ell see tonight. if she's good tonight she might be getting her appetite back.

we also went and got 10 more other foods that are ok for her to eat so we have some backups for when she doesn't eat.
kitty eat more
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Old January 12th, 2013, 03:10 PM
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Help! I'm so overwhelmed with kitty food info!!
My kitty was recently diagnosed with early stages ckf as well. He is 12 years old... the vet gave me Purina NF Kidney Function(dry) and Medi-Cal Renal LP( wet) - my kitty has always had the option of both. I understand they are low phosphorus and low protein but I can't help but question the ingredients....soo much corn,starch,flour,rice,soybean,etc....what I always thought was NOT good to feed our carnivore friends. I don't know..the more I read, the more links I click into, the more confused I get.
I love my kitty so much...I just want the very best for him.
This new NA information ( and mathematical calculations) has confused me even more. Can someone explain to me what all these percentages mean? and which we should be looking at? I've run into a lot of positive reviews about "Wellness" but isn't that too high a protein content for a crf kitty? <sigh>
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks kitty lovers!
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Old January 13th, 2013, 01:34 AM
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Welcome to the forum CXP, sorry to hear you kitty is having kidney issues.

The percentages listed on the can are "as fed values" if you wish to compare foods & to get an accurate amount of each item (protein, phos etc) you need to "remove" the water content from the value.

Calculation goes like this:
100-moisture=dry matter

So if you take the example of Evo 95% Chicken & Turkey

100-73.99(moisture listed)=26.01(dry matter)

To check dry matter phos level:
0.23%(as fed phos listed)/26.01(dry matter from calculation above)=0.0088*100=0.88% dry matter phos - which is under the target of 1% dm phos most vets like to see.


Kidney cats do not require low protein, but high quality protein low phos food. Removing too much protein from the cats diet makes it less palatable therefore they often refuse to eat, plus cats are carnivores they need meat protein to keep their bodies functions to the fullest.

Fish should be avoided when possible especially tuna, but fed on occasion 1-2 per month is still okay. Cats often become addicted to fish and will eat nothing else and tuna especially creates an imbalance in vit e levels.

When looking for a canned food look for quality ingredients, no fillers, actual meats ie chicken, turkey avoid anything that says "meat" meal cuz you don't know what the "meat" is, and low phos. Really read the ingredients in the food if there actual food listed in the first 6 ingredients and in the first 3 being specific meat or meal variety listed and there are not mostly chemicals it's a better quality food. Compare the ingredients in any can of Wellness to any can of the prescription foods which would you rather eat?

A listing of low phos canned can be found here however this list may not be up to date *formulas do change* and does not include Wellness Chicken 1.15% dm phos, Turkey 1.05% dm phos, Chicken & Beef 1.17% dm phos, Kitten 1.15% dm phos which are the lowest of the Wellness varieties, Nature's Variety Instinct Chicken @ 1.22% dm phos good for occasional meal, the other NV flavours are too high.

When looking at phos levels you want to convert to dry matter (meaning whats left if you remove all water) and find something as close to or lower than 1% phos dry matter.

Foods need to be compared using "dry matter amounts" instead of "as fed amounts" because there is so much difference in moisture content, therefore there is varying amounts of nutrients in different foods

It is always a good idea to add water to the canned food, this helps the cat get more fluids as healthy cats usually drink very little.


When you have an animal with compromised kidneys they should not be eating dry food, it does not add any moisture to their diet. If absolutely necessary however the majority of the diet should be canned with minimal dry. The same dry matter calculation can be used to remove the little moisture in the dry foods for comparison.


Some good quality low phos canned food choices for you:

By Nature Organics Turkey & Turkey Liver, Chicken & Chicken Liver, Turkey & Chicken, Chicken & Mackerel, Beef & Beef Liver

Evo 95% Chicken & Turkey

Felidae Platinum
Felidae Cat & Kitten
Felidae Grain Free

Merricks Before Grain 96% Beef
Merricks Before Grain 96% Turkey

Merricks Cowboy Cookout
Merricks Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Wellness Turkey, Chicken, Beef & Chicken, Beef & Salmon, Kitten, Wellness Core Chicken Turkey & Chicken Liver

Holistic Select Turkey & Barley
Holistic Select Duck & Chicken

This is a currently updated list 2010-2011 the foods are listed in order of lowest amount of dry matter phosphorus, it's up to you to decide what ingredients are acceptable, the manufactures websites are also listed to help in that regard. Tanya's Feline CRF US Canned Food Data Tables


Feel free to ask any questions
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Old January 13th, 2013, 04:46 PM
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Growler,

You have no idea how much relief and joy you gave me today when I opened up my blog to find that you'd already replied! I feel alone in this as I don't want to worry my family and my husband thinks I'm becoming a little too OCD! lol
In any case you answered exactly what I was confused/wondering about.
Thank you soooo much!!

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Old January 14th, 2013, 11:36 PM
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You're welcome, I've been there & happy to help where I can
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Here is the most up to date low phosphorus cat food list :

http://catinfo.org/docs/FoodChartPhosphorus9-22-12.pdf
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