CKD: Prevention, Treatment & Cures
The Feline Nutrition Foundation has decades of experience working with cats and kittens through compromised health conditions. Chronic Kidney Disease is one such illness. Once a disease for cats over the age of 7, now kittens as young as 6 months are being diagnosed in alarmingly high numbers. As with all chronic illness in humans, the first step in any treatment plan needs to include diet. Often overlooked by conventional medicine, the nourishment received by the body is the primary way to fortify the immune system.
There are common myths a conventional practitioner will mention as a means of encouraging a toxic prescription kibble to a cat with CKD. Fluid intake, protein restriction, and phosphorous reduction are among the top three. These myths are addressed here.
Interestingly, a natural diet is almost perfect for cats in renal failure. It is highly digestible, with good-quality protein and lots of natural essential fatty acids from wild caught prey. It’s high in B-vitamins due to the organs in the diet and has low phosphate levels due to the raw meaty bones being naturally low in phosphates compared to a cereal-based diet. If you are feeding your cat farmed meats, it may be a good idea to add some omega-3 supplements, as farmed meat is lower in this essential fatty acid.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and chronic renal insufficiency refer to the same condition. Veterinarians have many theories about why so many cats and dogs today suffer from chronic kidney disease and renal failure. Some implicate life in the modern world with its commercial foods, vaccinations and pollution. Kidney problems can be a sign of a serious chronic imbalance which can be reversed with a change of diet and by modulating the immune system.
Recent research suggest that routine vaccinations can trigger inflammation of the kidneys, which is thought to be the cause of chronic kidney disease “Annual boosters for distemper are completely unnecessary. A cat with kidney disease should not be vaccinated at all.” Dr. Jean Hofve DVM