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macush
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« on: October 10, 2013, 02:51:40 PM »

My 17 year old, Dunkin, is showing very early signs of possible kidney disease in the future and the Vet suggested that I put him on KD catfood.  What I wondering, and I didn't get a strong answer from my vet, is whether eating this will impact my other cat, Machushla.  They share each other's food and they is no way I can keep them out of each other's dishes.  Will this be bad for Macush?
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2013, 04:08:15 PM »

Yes it would . I also don't know if I would use it for Dunkin if it's in very early stages. It can over correct problems & when on rx diets they need to be monitored & tested more frequently . You might be better off reading up on kidney diets & trying to get more water into him. Remember that there is no long term data on using cranberries, blueberries or D mannose for cats too . L carnitine is also helpful for people with kidney issues, but again no real research for use in cats .
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2013, 06:46:36 PM »

Thanks much Lesliek.  I didn't really feel comfortable with doing that and she didn't want to see him again for six months which I thought strange.  Think it might be time to change vets.  I will do some research into all this.  I really appreciate the info.
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2013, 09:10:16 PM »

macush,
The prescription kidney diets are really not necessary until cats progress to more serious kidney disease.  Too many vets want to prescribe this food way before it is necessary.  Cats need a good meat-based, grain free, high protein, low carb diet because they are carnivores.  Some cats can tolerate a little grain, but, if possible they are better without it.  I would really need to know some of his test results to comment much more than that, but, generally if the BUN and Creatinine, and Phosphorus levels are not really high, the prescription foods are not required.  If you would like to do some reading about feline kidney disease just to know what to expect, I recommend what everyone calls Tanya's site, which is the best resource you can find for comprehensive information about feline kidney disease. 

                       http://www.felinecrf.org   
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2013, 08:40:56 PM »

I really believe cats slowly starve to death on that food, the canned version anyway.  Even if they are in late stages of kidney failure and need low phosphorous/protein food, that one is still way too low in protein.  They end up burning all their muscle mass.
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