My cat has kidney issues. Can I feed Weruva?

The main keys to helping the kidneys is often going to an all wet diet (if you haven’t already), focusing on high-quality meat-based proteins, and controlling phosphorus and sodium.

Our foods, though not designed to prevent or treat the kidneys, check those boxes and have been helpful for some kitties with renal issues. Water intake is important (as it is for people), but more so from moisture intake from food, not from the water bowl, especially for kidney health. Cats need lots of moisture in their food to help dilute toxins and to support overall health. Cats initially came from the desert where there was not much water to drink, so they got water from the food they ate. In the wild, cats’ prey is very moist: about 75% water. This is critical because cats do not have a strong thirst drive to drink water. They must “eat” it.

Dry food, on the other hand, has around 7% water. Therefore, a cat may be getting over 10 times less water bite per bite when eating dry food. Cats are not built to catch up in the water bowl, which often leaves them, as some veterinarians describe, “chronically dehydrated.” The results impact the kidney and urinary tract.

We often suggest adding in a touch of water to the wet food – cats don’t always love this, so sometimes it can only be a few drops. For cats with severe kidney issues, reducing protein amounts may be necessary, but should be done with caution as protein is essential for their overall health . As our foods are not blended, you can target the meat cuts and remove them to your desired proportion. For instance, in a formula like Paw Lickin’ Chicken, made of boneless, skinless chicken breast, the pieces of chicken are visible so you can adjust the amount of chicken you feed to your kitty to get the protein essentially to a level you want it to be. (Meaning, if a 3-ounce (85g) can contains 10% protein, that’s 8.5g of protein in the can. If you want to feed your kitty just 4.25g of protein, simply remove half the chicken and save for a later feeding. Keep in mind that when you’re removing chicken, you’re also removing calories and will want to add back healthy fats like fish oil or chicken skin.

Another focus for cats with kidney issues is phosphorus, which can be determined on the nutrition label either under “As fed” or in mg/100 calories. Generally speaking, our formulas contain low phosphorus due to our bone-free approach. On most pet food labels, ingredients named “chicken” and “fish” are permitted to contain bone content, and bones are largely made of calcium and phosphorus. By removing the bones, we keep these levels low. As for sodium, the majority of our formulas do not have added salt, and in many formulas, boneless, skinless chicken breast is the only protein ingredient.