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Cat with kidney problem

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Hi everyone, I've got a 12 year old British short hair cat. She has recently started drinking more water, and after a trip to the vets and bloods has been diagnosed with kidney problems. The vet says I've caught it early and that her bloods are only slightly abnormal. she won't need medication but should start on a special diet.

I've bought her a variety of renal food, wet and dry and she won't eat any of it. I've tried mixing the renal food with ordinary food, but she picks round it. I've tried giving her just renal food for a few days, but she won't eat it.......and I'm worried that she's going to get worse through not eating.

Has anyone got any advice please?

Thank you xx
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  • getmore4less
    getmore4less Posts: 46,882 Forumite
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    Are you using tap water?
  • Starbar1972
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    In her drinking bowl? Yes I do, is that ok?
  • Catswhiska
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    The only renal food ours will touch is Royal Canin Tuna pouches. Have you tried her on that??
  • Starbar1972
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    Oh no I've not tried that, I've got Royal Canin chicken, will try the tuna one , thank you xxx
  • Catswhiska
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    At least with Royal Canin you can return it if kitty does not like it 👍
  • getmore4less
    getmore4less Posts: 46,882 Forumite
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    In her drinking bowl? Yes I do, is that ok?

    Some think you should filter the water.
  • GwylimT
    GwylimT Posts: 6,530 Forumite
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    Any wet food is suitable for a cat with kidney problems. Dry food is a common cause of kidney problems in cats, so if your vet advised dry, they would be a vet I would never use again.
  • Starbar1972
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    They didn't suggest dry food, but suggested I start her on a renal diet immediately. She's used to wet and dry food, so I've bought her wet and dry renal food, which unfortunately she won't eat.......
  • nicter
    nicter Posts: 300 Forumite
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    We have had cats over the years with renal problems We, like you ,have tried various kidney diets and all have been rejected by our cats We decided that quality was more important than quantity and they were allowed to eat what they liked

    Our previous boy lasted 3 years from diagnosis so didn't seem to do him much harm !
  • KxMx
    KxMx Posts: 10,647 Forumite
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    I've recently changed my 13 yo cat from wet and dry to wet exclusively.

    I wondered how she would take to it as she's always had wet am and dry pm.

    I've certainly had no complaints!
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