This means that consuming foods containing lots of carbs and fillers—or foods particularly dense in proteins and other traditionally desirable nutrients—may have a negative effect on their health. This can lead to decreased appetite and loss of muscle mass, among other problems.
As a result, cats with kidney disease (KD), need a clean, carefully restricted diet, using prescription wet food formulas such as this one from Hill’s. This recipe keeps things simple, with low amounts of clean protein from pork, liver, and chicken, with an extremely high moisture content to promote digestion. It’s made specifically to include low levels of phosphorus and sodium, and high amounts of Omega-3 and amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
(Product requires authorization from a veterinarian).
What are owners saying?
Over 450 owners gave Hill’s KD formula a rating of 4.1 with commenters saying that, although it was sometimes difficult to get their cats to transition to this product, those that did make the switch often saw an improvement in their blood work results. One reviewer noticed that she was able to keep her cat interested in the formula by mixing it with small amounts of regular cat food.