So I have three wonderful kitties. A domestic short-hair, and two Siamese mixes. Today we are talking about the domestic short-hair named Chai. We recently had an outside of litter box incident which of course had me worried (about the cant, not the floor hah). I will admit we haven't been the best with getting the cats their yearly checkups, and it's been about 4 years (last time there was an incident) since they have been there. I know, I know, they will be getting their checkups on a regular basis now that we have moved and are settled.
When we adopted Chai she was getting treated for a UTI. The first time she had an accident (about 4 years later), it had come back. Of course I assumed this was the same and brought her into the vet this morning. The vet confirmed that there is a very mild infection starting and got her on some antibiotics. The vet asked what I feed them and I replied with three different types of red meat, 5 different types of canned fish (just fish nothing else), and Nutripro powder (They only get meat in the AM, and for dinner they get meat, a tsp of fish, and a sprinkle of the powder). After hearing I have them on raw he suggested we do a blood test to make sure everything is okay (they are 8 next month). The test came back with a few high levels, but he said that would be due to the infection she is fighting. He was more worried about the CREA levels. She is currently sitting at 2.2, and he said we really need to get that down. He then proceeded to recommend a "prescription kidney focused" cat food from Hills. He said that raw food has too much protein in it and will cause serious kidney issues if I don't switch her to dry food. This was quite a shock to me as I figured I was feeding them good quality stuff! I then did some research and haven't found much linking raw food to kidney disease. What I found was quite the opposite. That although raw food has higher levels of protein than most kibbles, the higher liquid content helps their bodies process it more effectively.
This isn't the first time a vet has tried to sell me their "prescription food", but it is the first time a vet has told me it's doing my cat harm.
If anyone has any advise I would really appreciate it. He rambled off a bunch of nutrients that cats need and it looks like the Nutripro has it covered. Is there anything I should be adding, or removing from the diet to help get the CREA levels lower?
Thanks a bunch!
P.S. I've attached a pic if anyone is interested
I also know this should probably go in the health/nutrition forum, but it won't let me post there