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Q: I have a 14 year old cat who has liver issues and the vet wants me to take him off enova and

December 27, 2008 | By Kenthannah | 4 answers | Expired: 2077 days ago

natural balance because they are high in protrien. Royal cannon has a perscription diet we can switch to. Im fine with this but my problem is I have 5 other cats ages 2-13 who will also have to be on this diet. It is just too difficult to feed 6 cats seperatly. The vet said the others would be fine on this low protien diet. My question is I thought cats needed high protien low carb to avoid issues when they get older. Any ideas on this topic or good resouces on CURRENT feline nurtion??

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Kelly
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Jan 08, 2009

I have 7 cats ranging in age from 2-14. One has chronic kidney failure & is on a prescription low protein/low phosphorous diet. One has had bladder stones & is on a prescription low magnesium diet. 2 have allergies have to have specially formulated food. The other three can eat whatever they want. My problem is more in remembering who gets what!

Both of the cats on prescription diets had to be isolated for a while. The one in kidney failure was in the hospital for a time & the one with stones had a couple of surgeries. During their isolation periods they seemed to develop a taste for their individual foods & although I free-feed the others, these two don't touch that food so luckily I can leave food out for the others without risking their health. They come to us when they want to eat & we get their little bowls out for them. All the other cats eat the same food that the ones with allergies eat so that's what we free-feed. It also happens to be lower in protein because its a senior formula. Occasionally one of them would eat some of the prescription food because I would forget to pick it up, so I asked my vet about it & he said it wouldn't hurt them because its nutritionally balanced. If you are worried about your other cats not getting enough protein, just treat them with some regular canned food daily along with the prescription dry food they're eating. We give all of our cats a spoonful of canned food in the morning & one in the evening. The two get the canned version of their prescription while the others get whatever they want.

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Teresa
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Jan 01, 2009

Liver issues are very serious so definitely the sick kitty needs to be on whatever the vet recommends. You can't give the kitty fatty treats, either - it's usually the fats that are making the liver sick.

As much as we holistic pet people don't like the corn-based foods, in the case of prescription diets they are life-saving.

Lots of holistic vets will give milk thistle supplements to a pet with liver problems. It's a very reputable remedy for cleansing and regenerating the liver. (Did you know the liver is the only organ that can regrow itself?) Milk thistle is good for humans and pets alike.

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Maryjodellamaggiore
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Jan 01, 2009

welcome to the world of multi-pet ownership. my friend has 4 cats. one of them is also on royal canin/calorie control. all 4 enjoy it; she also mixes other kibbles with it. however, she makes sure her "chunk of love" ONLY eats his food. he eats separately in another room. this means the kitties don't always get to free feed. if 'mommy' is not at home to monitor food, no free feeding.
good luck.

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armando f.
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Dec 27, 2008

the diet should be ok for your other cats, usually they say hi protein low carb will help with weight issues, but if your other cat needs this diet, it is more important to give him this diet along with your other cats than not to do it in case something happens later on

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