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Old 04-03-2012, 03:51 PM
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So the vet sent this list of food for cats home. (After the $200 to say the cat is NOT sick).

They list as NOT FOR SENIOR CATS:

Natural Balance
Acana
Wellness
Solid Gold
Orijin
TOTW.

Is this the same myth about dog kidneys, or are cats special here?
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:29 PM
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Is the list referring to dry food, or canned food?

Just as with dogs, a diet high in protein does not damage the kidneys. Diets that are low in moisture (ie kibble) are generally the culprit for kidney disease. Cats should be on a high protein, high moisture, low carbohydrate diet - basically, a grain-free canned food or a raw diet. I wouldn't recommend a 100% dry diet for any cat of any age.

All of those foods are excellent foods, and I would have no problem feeding the canned versions to a cat of any age.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:10 PM
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What the heck does the rest of the list look like?

That looks like a way of saying "these foods are BAD.... but here is a Hills diet that is healthy and appropriate for all senior cats."

I can't think of any real reasoning why those foods would be blacklisted.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:21 PM
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Looks like one list for dogs and cats.

Its actually a decent list of foods, Blue Buffalo or Royal Canin might be the worst on it, and even point out when a grainfree formula was available.

But then they go on and seem to dislike grainfree for senior cats (but not dogs? Is there grain free dry catfood?). Natural Balance is not for senior cats, or puppies (kittens are fine???). And apparently, Solid Gold is "German Based Nutrition."

Fairly good list, then it goes nutty.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:22 PM
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That's ridiculous. ATM I feed a combo of Wellness and TOTW (some dry food, some canned food) to my cats and I never had any inclination to switch when my cats become seniors. What are you actually supposed to feed? Drop the high quality food and switch to Science Diet/Iams/Purina/Friskies whatever senior formula?
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:27 PM
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Yea I think that's probably the "high protein = bad for kidneys" myth at play.
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