Causes of Chronic Renal Failure
Recent research suggests a link between vaccination for feline distemper and immune-mediated inflammation of the kidneys, which is thought to be the cause of CRF. Annual boosters for distemper are completely unnecessary. Be sure to discuss all recommended vaccines with your veterinarian. A cat with kidney disease or kidney failure should not be vaccinated at all.

Long-term feeding of an all-dry-food diet is also suspected as a factor in Chronic Renal Failure. Cats' kidneys are highly efficient and adapted to life in the desert, where they would get most or all of their water from eating their prey. Cats eating dry cat food take in only half the water that cats on a canned or homemade diet get; this chronic dehydration can cause stress on the kidneys over time. Dry diets also predispose cats to lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD, LUTD, FUS, crystals, stones, cystitis) because they force such a high degree of urine concentration. Chronic or recurrent bladder disease may also be a factor in the development of CRF.

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Causes of Chronic Renal Failure Recent research suggests a link between vaccination for feline distemper and immune-mediated inflammation of the ... Chronic or recurrent bladder disease may also be a factor in the development of CRF. From: http://www.catsofaustralia.com/cat-kidney-disease.htm Comments anyone?

Vets seem to be divided when it comes to dry vs. wet food. My vet is a firm believer in dry food only. Lindy (RB) was on it for 14 years and never had renal problems. She did get a small amount of wet food every day, but her primary food was dry.
Joy
Vets seem to be divided when it comes to dry vs. wet food. My vet is a firm believer in ... had renal problems. She did get a small amount of wet food every day, but her primary food was dry.

I'm curious why some vets believe that dry food is better for cats than wet food. I disagree with that, but I have heard that some vets think dry is better. I just don't know why. What did yours tell you?
Joyce
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Causes of Chronic Renal Failure Recent research suggests a link between vaccination for feline distemper and immune-mediated inflammation of the ... concentration. Chronic or recurrent bladder disease may also be a factor in the development of CRF. From: http://www.catsofaustralia.com/cat-kidney-disease.htm Comments anyone?

Firstly, from their disclaimer

"Firstly, not all of the articles on this site have not been written by a veterinarian. While every attempt has been made to ensure these articles are accurate & up to date they are provided on an "as is" basis & Cats of Australia does not warrant the accuracy, completeness, adequacy or fitness for a particular purpose of, and expressly disclaims liability for any errors in, or omissions from, such information and materials or make any other warranty not expressly set out herein."
So who knows where the 'research' comes from. There is no citation or reference for the research. That doesn't mean the information is bogus, however there is no way to determine whether it originates from a peer reviewed scientific journal, or is merely the opinion of the author of the article, whoever that happens to be.
Vets, by the way, are not necessarily experts in the nutrition of Felis silvestris catus. They are generalists, just like GPs are for humans. Vets may be better informed about what to feed a cat than the average layman, but much like a human GP, they might be able to generally comment on diet, but are not specialists in a particular and specific area of nutrition (eg, paediatric nutrition for a GP, or cat nutrition for the vet). However, vets (like GPs) are a good place to start if you are after the latest information regarding this topic and should be able to point you to the peer reviewed papers on the subject so you can decide for yourself.

In summary: don't believe everything you read on the interwebs, find hte peer reviewed articles and do the research yourself.

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I have learned one thing about Science it is NOT fact.

I have had cats that would not eat anything but dry or wet. None of have Renal failure due to dry food. Many lived to a very rip age.

The only thing I know science has proven about things harming animals. Is that hyperthyroidism is on a rise due to the fire retardant material in our carpets and furniture's
Causes of Chronic Renal Failure Recent research suggests a link ... in the development of CRF. From: http://www.catsofaustralia.com/cat-kidney-disease.htm Comments anyone?

Vets seem to be divided when it comes to dry vs. wet food. My vet is a firm believer in ... renal problems. She did get a small amount of wet food every day, but her primary food was dry. Joy

There is also some serious doubt over the benefit of drinking lots of liquids in the prevention of kidney disease. I have known medics who say this is just an "Old wives tale", and there is no such recorded benefit. I personally knew a woman from the Mid East who never drank any liquids at all, and her kidney's held up fine all of her life. I have to admit, however, that she was not a cat herself, but she did have a big male who was good at killing birds even though she kept a bell collar on him. (I used to watch him creep across her lawn and leap on a bird without making any sound until the final leap)
Causes of Chronic Renal Failure Recent research suggests a link between vaccination for feline distemper and immune-mediated inflammation of the ... Chronic or recurrent bladder disease may also be a factor in the development of CRF. From: http://www.catsofaustralia.com/cat-kidney-disease.htm Comments anyone?

Yes.
If anyone would like some tips about nursing a cat with chronic kidney failure, ask me. KFC had it. She never touched a piece of dried food in her life.
She was more for eating collared doves..
Causes of Chronic Renal Failure Recent research suggests a link ... in the development of CRF. From: http://www.catsofaustralia.com/cat-kidney-disease.htm Comments anyone?

Yes. If anyone would like some tips about nursing a cat with chronic kidney failure, ask me. KFC had it. She never touched a piece of dried food in her life. She was more for eating collared doves..[/nq]Christina: I am curious as to why you call your cat "KFC"? I have one I call "B-K", because I picked him up in a Burger King parking lot one night just before they closed. He stood on his hind feet and put one paw on my knee to steady himself, and pawed at my burger bag with the other front paw and said, "I'm awfully hungry Dad..could I have a bite of your hamburgers?" I tossed the bag on the front seat of my car and held the door open for him, and said, "Well, hop in and I will take you home for some real food." but he refused to jump in my car by himself, so I picked him up and tossed him in the back seat.

When I started the car up, I thought he would panic, and I would have to let him out, but he just jumped up on the rear deck and said, "I'm going wherever the burgers are going." So, I took him home, and he has been the best cat I ever had. He is now well known to all the neighbors, and has been in all of their houses, Even the ones who are allergic to cats love him.
failure, ask me. KFC had it. She never touched a piece of dried food in her life. She was more for eating collared doves..

Christina: I am curious as to why you call your cat "KFC"?

Her name was Kitty Farmcat, it got abbreviated.
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