Question: I have a 12 year old male cat who was recently diagnosed with renal failure. He will not eat the canned KD or renal LP food. He nibbles occasionally at the dry KD food.

I have tried various kinds of canned cat food and the manager at Petco suggested the HALO canned food. I feed my other male cat, age 7 the HALO dry food. Can you recommend a dry and wet food that both cats can eat? It is hard keeping their food separated. Thank you!

Answer: Thanks for your question. The answer to your question depends on the severity of your cat’s kidney failure. Cats with more advanced kidney failure do require lower protein and phosphorus levels in their food for the best management.

Cats with earlier stage kidney disease often do not require the restriction of a prescription kidney diet. If you are unsure, ask your veterinarian the stage of your cat’s kidney problems and what level of protein and phosphorus they are recommending. That can help us guide you to a diet which may be right for both of your cats.

Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector

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