One of the most common questions we get in our stores is “what can I do if my cat won’t eat her prescription diet for kidney problems?”
That’s an uncomfortable position for us for two reasons, (1) because we aren’t veterinarians and don’t have the training to respond, and (2) we are aware of other, newer ways to feed ‘kidney cats’ endorsed by veterinarians that don’t involve prescription diets (which are made from by-products, corn and other fillers that fall well below our nutritional standards for pet food).
A troubling side effect of prescription diets is the muscle wasting and other debilitating effects from the very low protein levels. Below is an article written by Dr. Lena McCullough, DVM, a veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist practicing in West Seattle who recommends high-protein, high moisture grain-free canned foods such as Instinct, Weruva and Go! for ‘kidney cats’ and gives her reasons why. We offer this for general information purposes only, and as a way to start a dialogue with your own veterinarian if you choose.