Like humans, cats can suffer from a wide range of health conditions, particularly as they get older. One of the most common of these in cats is kidney disease.
Humans who suffer from health conditions such as kidney disease are often given certain dietary recommendations by their doctors. In the same way, there are particular recommendations for cats that will help improve their quality of life as they live with a potentially life-threatening and long-term illness.
Statistics show that almost one in five cats in the UK may be affected by kidney disease in their lifetime. One of the most common symptoms of the condition, which has a variety of causes, is increased frequency of urination. Your cat may also begin to drink noticeably more and more often than it has done previously. Other signs include weight loss, loss of appetite and disorientation.
If you suspect that your cat may be suffering from kidney disease, then you should take it to the vet without delay so that they can carry out tests, such as urine and blood samples. If kidney disease is confirmed, the vet may administer specialist medications and antibiotics. But many vets put a lot of emphasis on adjusting the cat’s diet to help lessen the condition and keep the cat relatively healthy. A low-protein diet is recommended because it puts less pressure on the ailing kidneys.
Finding foods for cats suffering from kidney disease
A number of manufacturers actually produce specially formulated food that is specifically designed specifically for cats with kidney disease. The Royal Canin Veterinary Diet range offers a Renal Support cat food which contains the optimum level of dietary protein and phosphorous, as well as containing a variety of vitamins and minerals that cats suffering from kidney disease need to help combat the symptoms of the disease. The Royal Canin cat food range also has a range of dry and wet foods that are suitable for older cats with special requirements.
The Applaws cat food range also contains a number of dry foods that are intended to help promote good health, are completely free of cereal proteins and are enriched with vitamins and minerals, as well as cranberry extracts to ‘maintain urinal tract health’.