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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-04-2008, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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Over the counter dry food for kidney.... diet

We have a 13 1/2 year old Flame Pointed Persian male cat. 2 years ago our vet suggested a renal diet as his blood work was in the high end of acceptable range. We're not going to pay for on-going lab work if he's feeling well and "function" is good. We took him for a check up a few months ago and the vet couldn't believe he was that old.
I continue to use the Purina n/f canned prescription food.... I'm wondering if there's a non prescription dry food that is good for renal health in Senior Cats. He eats very little dry food, but likes something to nibble at....
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Re: Over the counter dry food for kidney.... diet

Dry food is not appropriate for cats with kidney issues. They don't drink nearly enough water to compensate for the amount of dry matter in the food so they become somewhat dehydrated which is bad for a cat with kidney issues. A cats system is designed for a diet composed of 70% water, 30% dry matter. To achieve that ratio a cat must drink ~1.25 cups of water for every cup of dry food, and it's very unlikely that a cat will drink that much water. I would avoid dry food completely.


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Re: Over the counter dry food for kidney.... diet

Thanks alot DoodleBug.
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