Kidney and Bladder Disease Prevention

A diet formulated for senior cats will help an older cat stay healthy.

By J. Veronika Kiklevich, DVM | Updated: January 8, 2013, 12 p.m. EST

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Q. How can I prevent my 12-year-old male cat from getting kidney or bladder problems? What diet do you recommend for adult cats?

A. The best recommendation that I can make regarding a healthy diet for your aging cat is to stay with good nationally recognized brand cat foods that are specially formulated for older (senior) cats. There is no one diet that prevents bladder or kidney (renal) disease in cats, but some prescription diets (available through veterinarians) slow the progression of kidney disease or treat patients that have had bladder stones to prevent them in the future. Look for the AAFCO seal of approval on any cat food that you are considering. This indicates that the diet has gone through rigorous testing, analysis and feeding trials to ensure its efficacy and safety for your pet.
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billie    brooklyn, NY

6/7/2014 2:15:44 PM

I give my cat extra water in his wet food. I never see him drinking water, Is it ok. He is 6 yrs old.

Joan    Egg harbor Twp., NJ

3/20/2014 6:06:39 AM

Is there a smell in their mouth which indicats kidney issues?

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

12/5/2013 11:50:36 PM

Great advice.

Maria    Acworth, GA

9/20/2013 5:01:19 AM

I started my senior cat on a prescription diet and it was the worst thing I could have done. She was throwing up and had diarrhea for two months. I decided to put her on a grain free diet canned food (wellness) and immediately she had normal stools again. She stop throwing up and finally she stop losing weight.

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