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My cat has kidney disease. We have been feeding him Hills

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My cat has kidney disease. We have been feeding him Hills K/D. We also feed him a little freeze dried raw and a little fresh beef. I have been told that if we feed anything else but the K/D - the benefits of that food are wiped out. I am trying to understand why that would be. From a logic standpoint, it doesn't make sense to me. Can you explain? Also - the K/D food is honestly made from less than quality ingredients. So it would seem like while it is keeping the protein and phosphorus down - it is weakening his overall system.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  CalCatDoc replied 10 months ago.

Hi! I'm CalCatDoc and I can help with your question.

Expert:  CalCatDoc replied 10 months ago.

Specifically addressing your question about feeding beef in addition to the K/D - the K/D has been precisely formulated to meet the needs of patients with kidney disease. Keeping the phosphorus down is critical - and muscle meat like beef is very high in phosphorus. This will put the calcium:phosphorus ratio out of balance and can really adversely affect the cat's condition.

With respect to the quality of ingredients - I guess I need to ask what leads you to believe that K/D contains inferior ingredients? And in comparison to what?

Expert:  CalCatDoc replied 10 months ago.


Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I don't consider any cat food that contains oat fiber, glucose and corn starch to be quality ingredients, not to mention pork-by-products
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
In addition - I have yet to find a correlation between plain meat and phosphorus levels. There are a number of canned cat foods on the market that are just meat and are very low in phosphorus. It was given the following recipe by a vet on justanswer and it was less than the renal diets
ground beef, 10% fat, cooked, 3 ouncesrice, white, long-grain, cooked, 3/4 cupcanola oil, 4 tspsalt substitute (potassium chloride), 1/4 tspsalt, iodized (sodium chloride), 1/8 tspbone meal powder, 1/4 tspbaking soda substitute (calcium carbonate), 1/8 tspmultivitamin & mineral tablet, kids complete, 1/2 eachvitamin K, 100 mcg vitamin K per tablet, 1 tablettaurine powder, 1000 mg per 1/4 tsp, 1/4 tsphe said it was .43% phosphorus
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
did you receive my reply?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  CalCatDoc replied 10 months ago.

Sorry, had to be AFK for a few. Let me read through your response.

Expert:  CalCatDoc replied 10 months ago.

Well I guess we have differing opinions about what constitutes quality so I will go ahead and release this question back to the pool and let someone else help you.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
don't worry about it - I found someone else since I didn't hear back from you.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
you can close it