In searching around the web and looking at a cat memorial... the number of cats dying of renal failure is shocking. Years ago when I worked in an animal hospital in the city, this was a disease of old cats. Now I see people losing much younger animals to this disease. Anyone have any idea why it's becoming so common?
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My thoughts on this, after losing our first cat to renal failure at age 16 back in 1979, is dry food.
Cats normally do not drink a lot of water. My 3 cats after the one that died of renal failure ate nothing but canned Fancy Feast and had no problems with their kidneys.
Cats eating canned food have a less smelly urine also.

My last cat had to be put to sleep at age 20 years 3 months - he was suffering from hyperthyroidism that was diagnosed too late.
My thoughts on this, after losing our first cat to renal failure at age 16 back in 1979, is dry food.

Yes. Some cats do fine on it I had one who lived to be 18-20 on SD dry but they are the "bulletproof" cats genetically disposed to good health. That cat had every tooth in her head and only one was chipped when she died, and was only sick when she ate houseplants, for her entire life. Most cats are not that lucky. hell, most people aren't either.
My thoughts on this, after losing our first cat to renal failure at age 16 back in 1979, is dry food.

Yes. Some cats do fine on it I had one who lived to be 18-20 on SD dry but they are the ... sick when she ate houseplants, for her entire life. Most cats are not that lucky. hell, most people aren't either.

Espy still really likes dry food (Royal Canin #26 I think). He eats some of his wet stuff but then stares at me, demanding some RC. Even though the vet said no dry food, I usually give him a little but I put water on it so he can't avoid taking in the water with it.
Suddenly, without warning, dgk exclaimed (11/23/2009 8:59 AM):
Yes. Some cats do fine on it I had one who ... cats are not that lucky. hell, most people aren't either.

Espy still really likes dry food (Royal Canin #26 I think). He eats some of his wet stuff but then ... give him a little but I put water on it so he can't avoid taking in the water with it.

Ive found as long as you give them some dry, they'll always hope for more dry. I've finally got Meep completely off dry and at the moment she's eating all her food, and starting (finally) to put on a little weight. I might give her maybe 5 or 6 pieces on her canned food when she doesn't want to eat it. She seems to understand that's all she's getting, and will often then just keep eating after those 6 pieces are gone.

jmc
My thoughts on this, after losing our first cat to renal failure at age 16 back in 1979, is dry food.

The more I read online, the more I tend to agree.
Cats normally do not drink a lot of water. My 3 cats after the one that died of renal failure ate nothing but canned Fancy Feast and had no problems with their kidneys.

I would love to know the difference in the incidence of RF between those on dry and those on a decent canned food. I can't find any statistics.
Cats eating canned food have a less smelly urine also. My last cat had to be put to sleep at age 20 years 3 months - he was suffering from hyperthyroidism that was diagnosed too late.

20 years is a good long life for a cat. On a memorial site I visitedrecently many if not most died between 10 and 15 yrs old.
Suddenly, without warning, dgk exclaimed (11/23/2009 8:59 AM):

Espy still really likes dry food (Royal Canin #26 I ... so he can't avoid taking in the water with it.

Ive found as long as you give them some dry, they'll always hope for more dry. I've finally got Meep ... to understand that's all she's getting, and will often then just keep eating after those 6 pieces are gone. jmc

Fortunately little Phaedra doesn't eat dry food. She didn't seem to know what it was. :-) She'll eat almost anything. Getting Zephyr to eat canned is touch and go. She may skip a meal if it's canned but then later will eat it when she realizes it's all she's going to get. I still mix a small amount of dry with it but that will be phased out.
Suddenly, without warning, dgk exclaimed (11/23/2009 8:59 AM):

Espy still really likes dry food (Royal Canin #26 I ... so he can't avoid taking in the water with it.

Ive found as long as you give them some dry, they'll always hope for more dry. I've finally got Meep ... to understand that's all she's getting, and will often then just keep eating after those 6 pieces are gone. jmc

And Espy is VERY good at staring at me. He does that for two things. The first is some dry food. He does eat a lot of the wet stuff first though. The second is when he wants a few Temptations. I have severely cut back on those since his urinary blockage. It's so funny though. He sits tall and stares at me, and sort of squints, like he's concentrating really hard. And I start to hear "treats, treats, treats.." in my head. Then he starts making pathetic mewling noises. So I break two Temptations in half and it's like he got four.
And Espy is VERY good at staring at me. He does that for two things. The first is some dry ... Then he starts making pathetic mewling noises. So I break two Temptations in half and it's like he got four.

This is so funny. Gracie gets free fed dry because she is just not that interested in food, often leaves her canned half-eaten, and she tips the scales at 7 lbs 4 oz as of the vet visit yesterday. She could get into trouble quick if she stopped eating for some reason.
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