New evidence supports a closer look at protein for the CKD cat.

Feeding the cat with Chronic Kidney Disease

Considered the gold standard, the low protein, higher carbohydrate diets recommended for feline renal disease were based on canine and rodent models. Growing evidence in feline nutrition now challenges the restricted protein model. The cat is an obligate carnivore, also categorized as hypercarnivore, and has higher protein requirements, specific amino acids needs found only in animal tissues, and will catabolize their own muscle/tissue for protein turnover and other metabolisms. This webinar walks you through the risks and benefits of commercial diets, shares a few homemade diet options, and offers recommendations to prevent toxicity and potential supplement imbalances. This webinar was developed for the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies.  Purchase thru CIVT, $60

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Terri Grow writes and speaks on pet health and welfare, working with veterinarians, trainers, shelters and manufacturers to empower canine and feline health through diets, herbal therapies, supplements and environmental adjustments.