I can sympathize with your concern. My 16 year-old female was diagnosed in August 2012 with a fairly large tumor on the kidney. She was given 3-6 months. She had been having tremors and seeming kitty-dementia. CANNED Wellness was always one of the canned foods which I bought, but I began a feeding program with her, where I would present food to her every few hours, not taking "no" for an answer. Feeding location was sometimes important: two feet away was sometimes preferable to her. I did not think she would see the last Christmas, but it is amazing how she is improving...eating better and better - though exclusively with my "presentation". I cannot give you scientific evidence, but all 10 of my kitties really like canned WELLNESS turkey and WELLNESS chicken, but not beef and chicken. I do not buy seafood ingredients because another senior has thyroid problems. Good luck with your kitty.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
Lake Geneva, WI
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Short answer: Wellness canned turkey or canned chicken are good places to start. But not the CORE product line as they are very high protein.
Add additional water to the canned food if possible. You might want to look at Halo brand also.
I'm not a vet but I take cat health seriously. A high quality CANNED cat food is much better than any dry food when dealing with urinary and kidney issues. The water content is very very very important. Some vets recommend to stay away from fish based food because how the fish affects urine chemistry.
With Congestive Heart Failure you also want to watch the salt content.
I know it is a lot to do --- but your wonderful old male is worth it! :)
BTW: I have a 15 year old cat who was prone to bladder stones and urinary infections. She is doing fantastic on a diet with more quality canned food like Wellness.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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One of my cats was diagnosed with renal failure at 3 1/2 years of age. I am pleased to say that thanks to Wellness wet cat food and weekly subcutaneous IV's, she is now 9 1/2 years old and thriving. She jumps from my photocopier to the top of the high cupboards in my kitchen almost daily! My cat hated the recommended vet cat food for renal failure but loved Wellness, so it was my decision to give her something that she would eat. My vet agrees that my cat looks fantastic.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
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My male cat isn't as old or as sick as yours, but I will add what I've found out recently, as we've had several cats succumb to renal failure over the years. Our 6-year old long-haired male has developed crystals in his urine. The Vet said his urine didn't contain enough acid, so I found that Wellness canned food contains cranberries, which is supposed to be good for human urinary problems, and I thought, "Why not give it a try?" I also read that cats with urinary problems & renal failure need more water in their diets, so I've been mixing a little water in with the food before he eats it. So far, it appears to be helping him a lot. Years ago, we were taught to feed our cats dry food because it was good for their teeth. However, the lack of moisture raised havoc with their kidneys & most died from renal failure. It was so sad. I'm so glad we know better now & feed our cats canned food almost exclusively.
answered 3 years ago
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I can only say what I have had personal experience with so here it goes. My 12 year old cat has routine biannual physicals, urinalysis and blood work. Over the years I had noticed her blood work values for her kidneys slowly go up. They have never been outside of normal but the values never the less slowly creeping. I switched her to science diet g/d food and her last 3 tests (1 1/2 years later) have shown a steady decrease in those numbers. The only change in her life was the food. Besides her monthly heartworm and flea prevention she has never taken any medicines or supplements. Now I suppose it could have been a coincidence, but either way I am sticking with it because I want her to hit 16, 18, 20 years old and it seemed to work.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
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