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raw diet for older sphynx with kidney disease (maybe)

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I have a sphynx girl who is 10.5, she's been flirting with kidney disease (maybe?). Her numbers weren't good months ago, but they resolved with a diet of Royal Canin prescription food (Multi-Function with Hydrolized protein). The cats love this food, it's like crack. They also get heavily supplemented with science diet wet food for seniors.

I'd like to transition to a raw diet and see if that's better for her and my geriatric hairy cat. I've read through the existing threads and couldn't immediately find -- has anyone had experience with this set of parameters?

I'm not too sure about making my own (there are a lot of variables!!), but would be happy starting with a commercial pre-made raw, or supplement (maybe instead of the wet food we feed). Can you recommend a starter for us?

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.
 

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I’m a little biased, but I think raw is always the best choice if you are able and the cat is willing.


Love and Sphynx ~ It’s all you need
 

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I have a sphynx girl who is 10.5, she's been flirting with kidney disease (maybe?). Her numbers weren't good months ago, but they resolved with a diet of Royal Canin prescription food (Multi-Function with Hydrolized protein). The cats love this food, it's like crack. They also get heavily supplemented with science diet wet food for seniors.

I'd like to transition to a raw diet and see if that's better for her and my geriatric hairy cat. I've read through the existing threads and couldn't immediately find -- has anyone had experience with this set of parameters?

I'm not too sure about making my own (there are a lot of variables!!), but would be happy starting with a commercial pre-made raw, or supplement (maybe instead of the wet food we feed). Can you recommend a starter for us?

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.
I am in the same boat with my two kitties. I have one that is on prescription food and I really want to try raw (the smell from the little box is killing us right now) I need a good commercial pre-made raw to start.
 

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If you have a cat with kidney disease, there are special considerations and you can't just feed a regular raw diet. Also, the diet has to be customized for your cat. So unfortunately, there is no off-the-shelf, commercial raw food for kidney disease.

If you are willing to make the food at home, there is a vet nutrition service (petdiets.com) that will prepare the recipe(s) for you. I did this for my IBD cat. You have to pay for the consultation, but they give you the recipes so you don't have any guesswork.

I have heard that hydrolyzed diets are pretty expensive, so if you make the food at home you should save money on food. So at least you recoup the money spent on the consultation, but of course you are still responsible for making the food.
 

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Thank you for the info. I have had my kitty in Royal Canin Urinary and Calm for the past 2 years. With everything that’s going on I am having a hard time purchasing it due to being on back order. I am only allowed to buy a few cans at a time and the place I buy it from is 30 min away. It’s been a pain in the butt. My kitty has had every test known and all the vets can tell me is that stress is causing her to pass blood clots. There’s no infections or stones or crystals. I don’t know that I would have to have her on a special kidney diet. I am meeting with the vet in the 20th to chat with them about switching them over to raw.
 

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There is another pet food company that has veterinary approved diets. I found out about it recently from the vet that I've been consulting with for my IBD cat. It's called Rayne Clinical Nutrition. They happen to have a recipe for urinary tract health if you want to check it out. And they have an online store.


I just want to make clear, this is NOT a diet that is made for kidney disease; however, if all you need is a substitute for Royal Canin Urinary this could work.

For urinary issues I would always go with wet food. If your cat refuses wet food consider a water fountain to encourage them to drink more water.
 
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I have a sphynx girl who is 10.5, she's been flirting with kidney disease (maybe?). Her numbers weren't good months ago, but they resolved with a diet of Royal Canin prescription food (Multi-Function with Hydrolized protein). The cats love this food, it's like crack. They also get heavily supplemented with science diet wet food for seniors.

I'd like to transition to a raw diet and see if that's better for her and my geriatric hairy cat. I've read through the existing threads and couldn't immediately find -- has anyone had experience with this set of parameters?

I'm not too sure about making my own (there are a lot of variables!!), but would be happy starting with a commercial pre-made raw, or supplement (maybe instead of the wet food we feed). Can you recommend a starter for us?

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.
My cat died from kidney failure the specialist said that while he was having kidney failure protein intake needs to be low - with kidney disease cats should be fed diets reduced in phosphorus, protein, and sodium. The organs need to ultrasounded to see what percentage has failed and bun and cretanine blood work up and urine dilution tests need to be performed for concentration. Renal diets are vet recommended.
 
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