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Kitty food #5306482 12/28/19 07:22 PM
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My Skooter is 3+ years old and has had several bouts with kidney problems. My Vet says I should feed him Hills Kidney care food both in dry and wet. The small 2.9 oz cans of the wet food are $1.66 per can and no discount on cases. Where do others find the "special" food at a lower cost? I and SKooter thanks you. Ed


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Re: Kitty food [Re: Eddie] #5306484 12/28/19 07:27 PM
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Maybe Chewy or Pet Supermarket.

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My retired boss always has tons of cats and she swears by Dad's cat food for urinary and kidney problems.


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Re: Kitty food [Re: Eddie] #5306645 12/28/19 10:02 PM
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First, get a water fountain. Help to keep them hydrated...

My cats love theirs, I clean it every week...

Second, ask your Vet about Benazepril, a medicine that lowers blood pressure, and helps the kidneys work better...
Off label use in cats in the US, so your Vet needs to write a prescription, then you take it to a human pharmacy. Ask them to cut the pills for you, they can be super tiny.

Hide in food or treats, if your not comfortable pilling a cat...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benazepril


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Re: Kitty food [Re: Eddie] #5306734 12/28/19 11:24 PM
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Try Chewy - been using them for a little over a year now. I only get my litter from them now so I'm not trying to haul 40 lbs from the car inside, now I can just move it 5 feet from the front door to where I store it.

Hills Science Diet is not a very high quality food despite the fancy packaging, pricing and the way it is peddled. Check out here for some evaluations of various foods.

Pet food ratings


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Re: Kitty food [Re: Eddie] #5306744 12/28/19 11:40 PM
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We have 5 cats and feed them Blue Buffalo. We get it from the commissary on base though where it's a bit cheaper. We used to feed them the cheapest stuff from Walmart. As soon as we switched to Blue Buffalo, their crap stopped smelling so bad, their weight controlled itself, no more hairballs, and their coats are shiny and silky smooth now.

My service dog, an American Staffordshire Terrior, eats Blue Buffalo Wild.


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Research what is so special about the prescribed cat food. Find something non prescription that meets the specs. Petco and/or PetSmart probably carry it, if not online.

One of my cats has diabetes, and most pate canned cat food (as long as it has no gravy) works for him. And I even water that down (meaning add water to wet cat food, which you should do too). In your case, you are mostly looking to reduce or eliminate phosphorus in the food.

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For prescription type food our vet uses iVet, our dog has allergies an he's been on that for a few years with great results.


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Originally Posted by zzyzzx
Research what is so special about the prescribed cat food. Find something non prescription that meets the specs. Petco and/or PetSmart probably carry it, if not online.

One of my cats has diabetes, and most pate canned cat food (as long as it has no gravy) works for him. And I even water that down (meaning add water to wet cat food, which you should do too). In your case, you are mostly looking to reduce or eliminate phosphorus in the food.

Research Bonita Flakes, I just made a thread about cat treats, here is just one site that says they're good for diabetic cats.

https://familypet.com/are-freeze-dried-bonito-flakes-a-healthy-treat-to-serve-my-cat/


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Re: Kitty food [Re: RDY4WAR] #5306981 12/29/19 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by RDY4WAR

My service dog, an American Staffordshire Terrior, eats Blue Buffalo Wild.

Best breed ever...my last dog was an AmStaff that i rescued. I eventually had to put him down due to his hips. 😖

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Originally Posted by Mad_Hatter
Originally Posted by RDY4WAR

My service dog, an American Staffordshire Terrior, eats Blue Buffalo Wild.

Best breed ever...my last dog was an AmStaff that i rescued. I eventually had to put him down due to his hips. 😖


I hate the stigma society has placed on these dogs. I named her Sierra (from the phonetic alphabet), and she is very gentle and calm. She's very loyal and obedient. Training with her was a breeze, she took right to it, and she always finds a way to calm me down if I'm having a PTSD trigger or anxiety attack. The only complaint I have is the drooling. lol


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My service dog, an American Staffordshire Terrior, eats Blue Buffalo Wild.

Best breed ever...my last dog was an AmStaff that i rescued. I eventually had to put him down due to his hips. 😖


I hate the stigma society has placed on these dogs. I named her Sierra (from the phonetic alphabet), and she is very gentle and calm. She's very loyal and obedient. Training with her was a breeze, she took right to it, and she always finds a way to calm me down if I'm having a PTSD trigger or anxiety attack. The only complaint I have is the drooling. lol

They're smart dog's and one of the original working dogs brought to America. Our dog was named Max and he was very well mannered and tempered - loved going to the river. Never had any reservations with him around the kids. In fact he had a special liking for my daughter and would physically get in between the two kids if they were bickering, he did not like that one bit. It was funny to watch my daughter try and walk him.. while he was very good on a leash, sometimes a kitty could get his attention and that's when it could be a rodeo raining him back in. Incredibly strong dog's they are. What's funny though is he never bothered our house kitties..they largely bossed him around. I had one cat (Trinity) that was particularly "mean" towards him, she'd go out of her way to swat at him as he'd walk by...not knowing that she's playing with fire, right?😂

Their reputation for being "bad" dog's is totally undeserving. They're no more prone to biting or bad behavior than a retriever is.

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Originally Posted by Mad_Hatter

They're smart dog's and one of the original working dogs brought to America. Our dog was named Max and he was very well mannered and tempered - loved going to the river. Never had any reservations with him around the kids. In fact he had a special liking for my daughter and would physically get in between the two kids if they were bickering, he did not like that one bit. It was funny to watch my daughter try and walk him.. while he was very good on a leash, sometimes a kitty could get his attention and that's when it could be a rodeo raining him back in. Incredibly strong dog's they are. What's funny though is he never bothered our house kitties..they largely bossed him around. I had one cat (Trinity) that was particularly "mean" towards him, she'd go out of her way to swat at him as he'd walk by...not knowing that she's playing with fire, right?😂

Their reputation for being "bad" dog's is totally undeserving. They're no more prone to biting or bad behavior than a retriever is.


Agreed. It's all a matter of how you raise them. Any aggressive behavior is learned behavior. I've been bitten by a dog twice in my life, and both times it was a chihuahua. People hate on pitbulls and dobermans like those little [censored] don't exist.


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For a while I was preparing homemade food for my cat. It took time, but it was inexpensive and useful.

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Originally Posted by pezzy669
Hills Science Diet is not a very high quality food despite the fancy packaging, pricing and the way it is peddled. Check out here for some evaluations of various foods.

Pet food ratings


I agree and will never use Science Diet.
I feed my diabetic cat watered down wet pate cat food. Never the stuff with gravy or extra vegetables!!!
Even Special Kitty pate is fine, but I use a lot of 9Lives "meaty pate", which is really just regular pate, as well as Friskies. My cats only eat dry food if I am not home, and they think that I won't be home for some time, and they are really hungry. My cat needs very little insulin with this diet, as in 2-U100 units 2X daily. Sometimes less. There are a LOT of good cat food out there to the point where if a vet wants you to use some expensive prescription food, you can find something at the stores, or online that is better/cheaper/doesn't require a prescription/comes in multiple flavors, etc. Do your homework, but I bet that your cat would do fine on the same diet that my cats get. Maybe you would need to avoid a particular ingredient.
Various in internet fourms can help you more than your vet can. The people at The Feline Diabetes Message Board know cat nutrition better than anyone.

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