Switching to a new food? - Page 2 - Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
Jr. Cat
 
Iluvanimals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: MI
Posts: 81
I read something about older cats having kidney trouble once being switched onto grain free? Is this true? Mine have never had kidney trouble that I know of, but the male had some UTI's a few years ago. Also, both are a little over weight and I read that grain free can sometimes make that worse? Should I try the Earthborn that is not grain free first, or is this all not true? Thanks
Iluvanimals is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 05:55 PM
Cool Cat
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 1,062
Grain-free does typically have higher protein levels. Some veterinarians think low protein diets are best for cats with kidney issues. I'm not sure that there's any research to back it up. If I had a cat with kidney issues, I would feed a high protein/low carb grain-free wet food with added water.

I would pick the grain-free.

Moisture is key when it comes to kidney or urinary issues.

scottd is offline  
post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 06:08 PM
Senior Cat
 
Zilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Southern California
Posts: 820
Quote:
Originally Posted by Iluvanimals View Post
I read something about older cats having kidney trouble once being switched onto grain free? Is this true? Mine have never had kidney trouble that I know of, but the male had some UTI's a few years ago. Also, both are a little over weight and I read that grain free can sometimes make that worse? Should I try the Earthborn that is not grain free first, or is this all not true? Thanks
I have never heard this before.... Where did you read it?? Some how I think its false... If your feeding some wet food you should be fine


Godzilla & Mr. Skeeter
Zilla is offline  
post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 06:46 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 20,635
Many vets recommend that a cat with kidney issues have a low protein diet. What they're really getting at is that phosphorus has been linked to kidney issues and high protein typically means high phosphorus. However, the vets on the cutting edge are now recommending that a cat with early stage kidney disease continue on a high protein, grain free canned diet and as the disease progresses then add phosphorus binders.

Many people mistakenly believe that grain free equates to high protein. While many grain free foods are high protein, not all of them are. Conversely, I'm not aware of any high protein food that contain grains.

A high protein/phosphorus diet will not cause kidney disease, so there is no reason to avoid a high protein grain free diet with a known healthy cat. (By known healthy I mean one that has recent bloodwork within the last year if over age 10ish).



Holly, Misty & their friend, Jake, the dog.
Onyx, Callie May, Maggie & Kobi forever in my heart.
Yes, I know I need a new signature pic...someday...
doodlebug is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome