Treating Illness Through Diet Management
Energy requirements increase during convalescence. At the same time, a cat’s desire to eat may be impaired. Warm up energy-dense food to just below body temperature to stimulate your cat’s interest. Unless we advise not to, increase dietary fat as well as protein.
Feed an easily digested, well-balanced diet, if possible one that is specifically formulated to help your cat through its illness.
If feeding dry food, add a small amount of animal fat to enhance the smell. This makes the food more appealing. Alternatively, add water at body temperature.
Warm food to body temperature. This enhances aroma and taste and is easy to do in a microwave.
When switching diets do so gradually, mixing the new into the old in 25 percent increments over several days.
Feed small amounts frequently.
Carefully monitor food and water intake, reporting any increases or decreases to us.
We can provide you with a diet formulated for convalescing cats. These include Hill’s A/D and Waltham Convalescence Support.
Cats And Kidney Disease
The target of dietary management for cats with kidney disease is to minimise clinical signs of kidney failure, help maintain the cat’s well-being and if possible prolong its life. Cats with kidney disease often experience hypertension. We may provide medication to reduce high blood pressure.
A diet for kidney disease should have a moderately reduced level of highly digestible protein with a high biological value, be a good source of non-protein calories, have restricted phosphorus, contain fibre to trap nitrogen waste products, have added B vitamins and a good balance of omega 6 and 3 fatty acids to reduce renal inflammation.
All major pet food manufacturers produce ranges of “veterinary” diets formulated to help cats with kidney disease. These include Eukanuka Renal Formula, Waltham Early Renal Support, Waltham Renal Support, Hill’s K/D, Hill’s U/D and Purina Renal Failure. We will give you specific advice for your cat.
Cats And Diabetes
The aim of diet management is to improve regulation of blood sugar and specifically to minimise the fluctuation in blood sugar triggered by eating. Avoid all semi-moist foods as these stimulate the greatest blood sugar increase after eating. The best diet for a diabetic cat is made from a fixed formula with consistent carbohydrate, fat and high quality protein. Most major pet food manufacturers produce a range of “veterinary” diets formulated to help cats with diabetes. We will give you specific advise. All veterinary diets are available from the clinic or on-line from the London Veterinary Clinic shop.