Rated 5 out of 5 by Bluejeania My cat says Yum!
My senior cat with chronic kidney disease and pancreatitis, who has always eaten canned food, started eating prescription renal food a few months ago. He liked another brand fine. A few weeks ago I offered him Hill's, just as a test, and he could hardly stop eating it! Now I alternate, or mix, the two brands. Hill's has lower protein, phosphorus, and sodium than the other prescription brand, and it has the slightly higher fat content that he loves. I'm careful about his fat intake because of the pancreatitis; so far it's going well for him. I mix his canned food with warmish water, using a stick mixer, to make a soup that he eagerly laps up. He also gets sub-q fluids every second day, frequent checkups and testing, and supplements as recommended. BTW, for anyone whose cat has CKD, the website Tanya's Comprehensive Guide to Feline Chronic Kidney Disease is invaluable as you consult with your vet in your cat's best interest. (And it's the website from which I learned about Chewy.com, which is in the best interest of my wallet!)
March 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MauiCAt Doctor recommended
The Chewy staff was very helpful. They called my vet to get the prescription so my order could be completed.
November 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by simmers14 I highly recommend hills k/d chicken moist food
My 14 year old male cat was recently diagnosed with limited kidney function. He was losing weight, losing his appetite and slowing down. The Vet highly recommended hills k/d formula moist food. He absolutely loves it, cant get enough. Within a few days he was a new cat. He inhales his food and tears through the house. He plays with his toys and runs around with our other cat.
November 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by cles Great price for Hill's K/D cat food
I purchased a case of Hill's K/D cat food for a great price. Much cheaper than what my Vet charges!
December 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bunnyboo A good product to aid in kidney disease
I've been using this product for years for my cat and she's certainly benefitted from it as she'll be 21 years old in Sept. Not a bad record for this tough old gal! Altho her kidney disease is slowly progressing, this product does help to extend her quality of life and I'm pleased she's doing so well.
August 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by wolfus I'm amazed!
When our vet put my 17-1/2 year old cat on this Hill's diet, I was really worried. Shelby was always such a picky eater & would go without or scrounge around the neighborhood for food before she'd eat most new foods. I also had to rotate flavors or she'd stop eating. I was expecting a huge fight or a very sick cat--but she loves it!! And the fact that there's only one flavor hasn't bothered her a bit! She begs for more!
October 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by suzq66 Vet recommended
This product seems to be helping my 16-year-old kitty with her kidney issues. Chewy.com was definitely the best buy and fast service. Thank you.
January 7, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Patricia18 Junk food for cats
I ordered Hill's k/d for my 18-year old tabby cat Patricia, who has CRF, because her vet prescribed it. She likes it, but lost a pound during the first two months despite no change in appetite, thirst, or her litterbox. A blood panel and urinalysis showed a slight improvement - her BUN is normal again and creatinine went down by a whisker. No other explanation for the weight loss could be found. So there are only two possibilities: instestinal lymphoma or, more likely, muscle wasting caused by protein deficiency.
Here is the problem: Cats are obligate carnivores, so all of their protein must come from MEAT. Phosphorus is the nutrient that must be reduced. Hill's could have spent more money on higher quality protein that produces less BUN and creatinine and added eggs to keep protein high while reducing phosphorus. But being a greedy pet food company, they chose to do it the cheap way, which is exactly the opposite of what cats need: adding protein from plant sources and parts of the chicken that do not have as much of it. Most vets know almost nothing about feline nutrition because they get their education from the pet food companies who sell this junk food, so you have to do your own research to find out what they should really eat when their kidneys fail.
I did that. What I learned was the kidneys need more, not less, protein when they start failing, and there is a very easy way to restrict the phosphorus without limiting animal protein: aluminum hydroxide powder, which is tasteless and binds with phosphorus in the intestine. If your vet tells you to feed this junk food to a cat whose BUN and creatinine are slightly elevated, tell him/her no, ask for all lab results, and do homework.
August 26, 2014