Diseased kidneys cannot be repaired. However, the right food (such as one that produces a minimum of waste) can help slow down the weakening of the kidney function.
It can also help improve the symptoms and prolong the cat’s life.
Food to support the kidneys
Food to help the heart
Food to help the liver
Decreased function of the inner organs (kidneys, heart or liver) can be due to an infection or intoxication but often simply come with age. The functions of the kidneys, heart and liver all affect each other. If the heart does not pump well, the kidneys and liver get less blood and do not work properly. Equally, kidney disease can lead to high blood pressure causing an extra workload and stress on the heart.
The kidneys are the “waste and water exit” for the body. They keep useful elements in the blood and adjust levels of salt and calcium. They also eject protein waste, excess minerals and water into the urine.
The most common kidney problem is chronic renal failure:
Studies have shown that cats with chronic renal failure live longer if they are switched from normal cat food to a special diet to help their kidney function. If your cat shows signs of kidney problems, your vet will examine them in the clinic.
They will have a blood and urine sample analysed for density, proteins and waste substances. Then they may do further investigations to confirm the diagnosis.
The heart is a muscle that pumps blood around in the body to transport oxygen, nutrients and waste products. If your cat has a heart problem, blood is not pumped around effectively. Water/fluid builds up in organs such as the lungs, meaning that the cat may:
Overweight cats are more likely to get heart problems and are more seriously affected by these problems.
…is also ideal as nutritional support to the management of your cat with heart problems in order to give your cat a better quality of life.
The liver is a vital organ for digestion and metabolism. It’s the body’s “centre of waste breakdown”. One of its main functions is to break down toxic protein waste into urea. Then it is the function of the kidneys to eject this with the urine. If your cat has a liver problem they may:
To settle the diagnosis your vet will examine your dog in the clinic. They may have a blood and a urine sample analysed for liver function values, proteins and waste elements. They may do further investigations to confirm the diagnosis.
…is also ideal for liver problems as it provides nutrition for maintenance and helps to correct imbalances caused by disease.
NB. There are different types of liver disease and some may require another specialised SPECIFIC™ food. Your vet will advise you on this.
Your vet can help you determine if your cat suffers from heart, kidney or liver problems. If it has one or more of above problems the our Heart & Kidney Support can help reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life for YOUR cat.