Dealing with Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

By Claude West (Cat Man)

dealing with chronic kidney disease in catsDealing with chronic kidney disease in cats begins with understanding the nature and habits of cats.  In addition, you also need to understand their nutrition requirements.  Sadly processed food in a bag or can fall short of a cat’s needs.

Let us begin with the nature of cats.  Cats are natural hunters who derive most of their dietary needs from eating its prey whole.  That means skin, bones, blood, meat and organs.  This diet provides not only the nutrition needs but also the water.  Cats are not notorious drinkers.  Their mouths and tongue design makes it difficult to drink water like other animals.  Drinking large volumes of water or a diet with moisture exceeding 65%, helps avoid chronic kidney disease!

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Your cat’s habits have changed greatly since they lived in the wild.  In nature, cats are hunters surviving from fresh kill to the next.  Today’s domestic cat is quite overfed and lazy compared to cats living in nature.  Diabetes and dealing with chronic kidney disease is on the rise since 1970.  Besides becoming lazy and not hunting, cats have become addicted to the processed foods we feed them.  These foods tend to be low in moisture, high in fat and carbohydrates.  That alone is a contributor to feline diabetes and kidney disease.

To recap, your cat’s nature and habits are changing vastly from hunting live prey to processed pet food.  Bad food, lack of water and toxic overload from exposure to chemicals in your home and tap water are the root causes promoting kidney disease.  This is my observation when dealing with chronic kidney disease in cats.

Dealing with Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

Action Plan:

  1. No more 24-7 feeding of dry cat food. Portion control feeding and remove bowls right after eating.
  2. Use dry food for snacks and training reinforcement (as a means to use up what you have purchased).
  3. Convert kitty to grain free wet cat food. Initially put dry and wet side by side in the same dish and daily reduce the amount of dry food.  This may take several weeks or more before kitty off the dry food.
  4. Try converting kitty from canned wet food to homemade raw or commercial frozen raw cat food by doing the same side by side in the same dish. Go to for detailed information on how to make homemade cat food.
  5. Tap water can be toxic from treatment with chlorine and fluoride. Give kitty distilled or water processed by reverse osmosis.
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  1. Daily exercise your cat using interactive toys. Be aware that some toys can cause choking so supervised play is best.
  2. Pay attention to your cat’s teeth. Good dental hygiene is a key component for a healthy cat. Many diseases caused by oral infections and poor dental health.  Learn how to provide basic dental care for your cat by reading my blog at
  3. Your home and garden are loaded with toxins that affect kitty. Learn how to detox your kitty by using supplements that cleans the liver and kidneys.  Here is my recommended resource for supplements from Pet Alive Products.  I have several blogs about toxins found in and around the home that you should read.

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