Apr 30, 2012

Kidney disease diets

Changing to a diet specially formulated for cats newly diagnosed with kidney disease is the most effective way of supporting them.   Specially formulated kidney diets have been proven over and over again to improve the quality of life of cats with kidney disease and extend their life expectancy.
·         More importantly, from your cat's point of view, cats on kidney diets end up in hospital on a drip much less often than those on regular foods.
·         Potassium is added to kidney diets because cats with kidney disease often have low levels of potassium. Low potassium blunts cats’ appetites and make them feel unwell.
·         Phosphorous builds up in the blood of cats with kidney disease. High phosphorous levels put them off their food and eventually weaken their bones. Cats in untreated advanced kidney failure develop "rubber jaw" -  the high phosphorous levels drain the calcium out of their jaw bones.
·         Cats' systems become more acidic in kidney failure. Kidney diets help buffer the acidity and improve the cats'  well-being.

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