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Kidney failure: How to extend the life of your velvet paw

A therapeutic diet for cats with chronic kidney disease is characterized by the following factors:

• It contains little protein: The amount of protein is reduced in the kidney diet food because proteins put a strain on the cat’s diseased kidneys. However, it is not possible to do without it completely, since proteins are the most important source of energy for carnivorous (flesh-eating) animals. However, the proteins must be easy to digest so that fewer waste products are produced during digestion that have to be disposed of in the urine – this relieves the weakened kidneys.

Kidney diet food should also be very high in energy so that cats with kidney disease, who often eat poorly, can consume enough calories with even a small amount of food.

• It has a low phosphorus content: In the case of renal insufficiency, the excretion of phosphorus is also disturbed. If the mineral accumulates in the body, it causes, among other things, calcification of the kidneys. With a therapeutic diet, the amount of phosphorus should be significantly reduced – this can slow down the progressive destruction of kidney tissue.

• It is with enough potassium Enriched: In the later stages of renal failure, many cats vomit frequently and urinate more. This can lead to a potassium deficiency. The mineral is important for the regulation of the water balance and for the function of the heart muscle and kidneys.

• It is low sodium: Due to the restricted activity of the kidneys, there is less excretion of sodium in the urine. The result can be high blood pressure.

• It delivers all vitamins, which the animal with kidney disease needs. These are mainly water-soluble vitamins (e.g. B vitamins and vitamin C), which a cat with kidney disease excretes in the urine.

Also make sure that your cat always has enough fresh drinking water available. If she doesn’t want to consume it from a bowl, a jug, a pot or even a running water tap can be good alternatives.

Kidney failure: How to extend the life of your velvet paw

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