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The Truth About Kidney Disease in Cats

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is also referred to as chronic renal disease or chronic renal failure. CKD in cats is a heart-breaking disease for pet owners. Sadly, it is estimated that over half of the population of cats 10 years of age or older suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease. While there are many different factors that contribute to your cat's renal disease, the most common and most preventable cause is off-the-shelf commercial dry cat food. The reason is that cats fed exclusively dry food suffer from chronic dehydration, which leads to stress on the kidneys over time. Pet owners may have trouble trying to find a specially formulated cat food to help treat CKD - which your pet will actually eat. A raw pet food diet with the highest quality protein provides holistic nutrition to help your cats CKD symptoms and greatly improve his or her quality of life.

A cat's natural diet contains high protein and high moisture. Organic raw cat food is protein based and formulated with proper moisture content (75%+) to help your kitty stay well hydrated. Unfortunately, the moisture content in dry kibble is only 7 - 10%, and your cat should be getting a considerable amount of water every day from food for urinary tract health.

Dry Kibble Leads to Causes of Kidney Disease in Cats

The food we eat provides fuel, and the better the food, the better the energy, or fuel. The same can be said for feeding your cat; however, cats lack the major pathway containing the enzyme glycosidase, used to break down carbs into simple sugars. Cats do have the ability to digest carbohydrates, but they will quickly turn directly into fat instead of fuel. Felines use mostly protein and fat from their diet for fuel, so when we feed them highly processed ingredients with artificial flavors found in dry cat food, we are essentially giving them junk food - the equivalent is giving your kids sugar-based, processed foods every day and for every meal - it is unhealthy.

Feline obesity

caused by a dry cat food diet can result from the feeding method called free-feeding (leaving a full bowl of food out all day), and from the low water content. Because of the low moisture, dry pet foods have more caloric-density than fresh pet foods and even canned pet food.

Dehydration

from a life-long diet of dry cat food will eventually lead to urinary tract issues and chronic kidney disease, especially for older animals. Other complications as a result of dry kibble include feline type II diabetes and the formation of urinary crystals or stones. Please be aware of the following signs and consult your vet if you suspect chronic kidney disease (CKD) in your cat:

Signs of Feline Kidney Disease

  • Frequent Urination
  • Urinating Outside the Litter Box
  • Constipation
  • Drinking a Lot of Water
  • Decrease Appetite and Weight Loss
  • Ulcers in the Mouth and Bad Breath
  • Unusual Weakness or Indifference
  • A Dry Coat

Feeding Your Finicky Feline with Chronic Kidney Disease

Cats are notoriously finicky and sometimes would rather starve themselves before eating something they don't like. The best thing you can do for your cat, with or without CKD, is to stop dry food feeding and begin a grain-free; meat based raw cat food diet. Nutrition management is of the utmost importance for cats with renal disease or renal failure, and if your cat refuses to eat, the results can turn into something much more devastating.

Take Control of Your Cat's Diet and Health

RawPetFood.com has been providing our holistic raw cat food diet to pet owners across the US since 1998. We are proud to offer an affordable and easy solution with fresh, high-quality ingredients to help reduce inflammation and reduce symptoms of CKD. We do all the hard work so you can provide your kitty with the healthiest, all natural food from honest raw pet food companies who source only the highest-quality ingredients. Try our 100% natural raw cat food today, and have it delivered right to your door on automatically each week!