Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cat with Kidney Disease Hates k/d Food

This is the follow-up post to Rushed my FIV Cat to Veternarian as it explains how one day my FIV cat was fine and the next day he refused to eat.  

The attending veterinarian told me that my FIV cat names Sam has kidney disease and that this condition commonly occurs with late stage cats with FIV.  Know that I am devastated because I had no idea that my cat was ill.  He had his lab work down in March of 2015 and six months later he is diagnosed with kidney disease.  A real shock because he got sick out of nowhere.

Anyway Sam is supposed to eat a special diet food for kidney disease in cats.  But Sam does not like the food and will not eat it.   Over the weekend Sam would meow for food and I would open a can of the k/d put some on the plate and mix a little water into the pate to make a gravy.  Sam would be at my heels all the way into the room where I feed him, then he would sniff and walk away.  Four days he went without food. 

Monday we rushed him back to the veterinarian and they examined him and told me that they were going to give him a pill to stimulate his appetite and recommended that I start feeding him Royal Canin feline Renal LP.  Know that the veterinarian  called me at home to tell me that many cats will not eat the k/d but that Royal Canin had a formula of food that cats preferred. 

So when I picked up my cat today I pleasantly surprised because they gave me a 2.5 pound bag of the renal LP cat kibble to try.  Know that the appetite stimulant did work and Sam ate this food like he loved it.  

Sam 8 years old.  
If you have a cat that has kidney failure and your cat does not like the special diet, you may want to try the prescription food by Royal Canin.  My cat Sam is so picky, and he really likes it.