Protein restriction is important in cats with chronic kidney disease, but ...

June 19, 2017
Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP (feline practice)
Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP (feline practice)

Dr. Margie Scherk graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1982. In 1986, she opened Cats Only Veterinary Clinic in Vancouver and practiced there until 2008, publishing several clinical trials during that time. She has written a number of book chapters, is an active international speaker and enjoys teaching online courses. Dr. Scherk has served extensively in the American Association of Feline Practitioners, as well as other veterinary organizations. Her interests include all things feline, especially the study of analgesia, peculiarities of the digestive system and enabling positive interactions with cats.

CVC educator Dr. Margie Scherk says take it case-by-case and assess muscle and body condition.

Though it may seem logical to feed a renal diet to cats suffering from chronic kidney disease, Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP (feline), says that isn't always appropriate. "Restricting damaging excess phosphorus is important," she says-but not to the detriment of a carnivore's protein needs. Her suggestion: Continue whatever diet is working to keep the kitty in good condition and add an intestinal phosphate binder. Click the video for more.

For more about renal diets, click here. And check out Veterinary Medicine Essentials: Chronic and acute renal disease for much more.