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Low Protein Cat Food And Kidney Failure In Cats

Most veterinarians will advocate a low protein cat food when confronted with a cat with kidney failure. They will also suggest a diet low in phosphorus. However, it is my believe, that both these ideas are faulty and are avoiding the real cause.

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One of the most important areas to consider when your cat develops kidney failure is that they are most likely chronically dehydrated. Cats have evolved in arid areas, with little opportunity to drink regularly. This means they have developed other strategies of getting an adequate liquid intake. It comes from their diet.

A wild cats diet is very moist. After all, each animal comes with a large amount of blood.

The common practice of feeding cats dried food may not lead to dehydration quickly, but it will sooner or later. Cats rarely drink enough water to make up the short fall. So if you feed your cat ANY amount of dried food, be assured that kidney failure is very high on the agenda in the coming years.

This is the cause of the majority of kidney failure in cats.

Once renal failure is established, the diet is the first area you should address, not a drug. Every cat needs a highly digestible, bio-appropriate protein content. Cats cannot cope with a low protein diet. It is detrimental to their ongoing health, as they are obligate carnivores.

However, a blood test may reveal toxicity in the blood as a result of protein breakdown. This is not the protein from a good quality cat food, but rather from the protein from plant based foods so common in commercial cat food.

This is not something your vet is likely to know or consider. As far as they are concerned, protein is protein. But your cat cannot digest or use plant based proteins; they have no problem with good quality animal based proteins. This means there is a VAST difference between proteins, and other nutrients, that the veterinary profession has little idea about.

It’s all about a species-specific diet. YOU need protein from plants, being an omnivore at the herbivore end. CATS need protein from animal sources, being an obligate carnivore. And it doesn’t matter what state of health they are in. The sooner they start eating food specific to their needs, the better their chances of fully recovering.

Another area that may be of concern to those with cats with kidney failure is the phosphorus content of the food. Phosphorus is an essential mineral for everyone’s health, including cats. Excess phosphorus is easily eliminated from the body through the action of the kidneys.

Cats with kidney failure may not be able to eliminate this as easily and so excess phosphorus (hyperphosphataemia) may result. Vets will often suggest a diet low in animal protein, to avoid this problem. But phosphorous is high in all foods, not just meat. And as cats eat a diet almost exclusively animal based in the wild, they have a high requirement for this mineral.

By ensuring your cat has a diet not just high in quality meat, but also in quality bones, with its high calcium content, you ensure they have their natural diet, one their bodies know how to balance.

Meat is not high in protein for cats. It’s normal. Substituting meat for plant based food is not palatable to your cat and will cause more problems. Don’t get sucked into the myth about low protein cat food.

Phosphorus is an essential mineral and is easily controlled with a balanced diet of quality meat and bones.

Dehydration, from dried cat food, is the main cause of kidney failure in cats. Swap this for real, quality food, and the problem, any problem, is likely to disappear.

Spend your money once, on learning about quality food for your cat, rather than repeatedly, on expensive veterinary visits and drugs.

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How To Treat An Injured Cat

Most people, when confronted with an injured cat (or any other animal) have only one goal – to get them the a veterinary clinic as fast as possible. And while that may be the only solution for you at the moment, there are other options.

cat injuriesFirst let’s look at veterinary options with regard to an injured cat or other animal. Vets can be very good at setting broken bones and sewing up gaping wounds. But they (and the medical model in general) are not equipped to deal with shock. Or to promote healing. All they have are pain killers, antibiotics and other drugs which are toxic.

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Low Protein Cat Food

Low protein cat food is widely recommended for cats with kidney disease (or kd as some like to call it), especially when crystals are found in the urine sample. However, this is an assumption made by vets that has no basis in research or science. No scientific studies have been conducted to show this to be helpful.

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Cat Vaccinations And The Harm They Do

Cat vaccinations are considered by many to be the right thing to do. Perhaps even, that not getting them done is tantamount to negligence. But as the global discussion of vaccination gains momentum, more and more independent, scientific reports are coming out into the limelight about the complexities of the damage they inflict.

cat vaccinationsDamage to someone’s health by vaccination is termed vaccinosis. This has been known to homeopaths since the first vaccine.

Vaccines are sold to the public on the premise that they prevent disease. This is clearly Continue reading

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Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Urinary tract infections in cats are, sadly, common in domestic cats. And for one very good reason which veterinarians are never taught at college. Wild cats will never be prone to this problem, which indicates that humans and our misplaced ideas are the cause of the problem.

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What Is The Best Cat Food?

What is the best cat food? This is a common question from people who are searching for solutions to ill health, who want the best for a new addition to the family, or who are on a health quest themselves.

what is the best cat foodDiet is the cornerstone of health. No-one will ever fare well on a species-inappropriate diet. This is a fact that is universal. It will never change. It is eternal.

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Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats Is A Dangerous Condition

Hepatic lipidosis in cats is a grand name for a fatty liver. So what’s a fatty liver? It is when excess fat deposits in the liver. In people, it is often common to find it in those who drink excess alcohol, those who are overweight, those with diabetes or other metabolic syndromes.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Cats

Inflammatory bowel disease in cats is as big a problem as it is in humans. When any part of the digestive tract is out of natural balance, the whole body feels unwell. Ask anyone who suffers with it! Your energy is affected and there is a general feeling of malaise. You have to be very careful what you eat.

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Food Intolerances in Cats

Food intolerances in cats is quite common. Veterinarians will go to great lengths to tell you what the causes might be and what you should do about it. Often these sound complicated. Too complicated for some to understand enough to do anything, but accept the recommended (often expensive) replacement food. For me, the cause (and the solution) is much simpler.

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Cat Health Advice – Who Should You Believe?

People seeking cat health advice are often confused. Understandably! It comes from various sources and is usually conflicting. Most people rely on the advice given by their veterinarian and dismiss that coming from holistic practitioners.

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Cat Dental Care – The Easy Way or The Hard Way

Cat dental care can be done the easy way or the hard way. When you listen to many veterinarians or specialised pet therapists, they will try to persuade you to clean your pets teeth either with a product they sell or with a toothbrush.

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