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Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal Support E Canned Cat Food

Why "Veterinary formula is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only to support your cat's kidney health". Does this mean this shouldn't be the only food I feed my cat? Why? Is it not nutritionally balanced? I emailed the company and haven't gotten a reply. Anyone here know?

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  • This product is specifically formulated for cats with renal disease so it will not be a complete and balanced diet for an overall healthy feline. However, we always encourage pet parents to consult with the veterinarian since they'll know the pet's condition and what the pet needs.

    By on Jul 11, 2017 Report

  • Legally, to be sold as complete nutrition cat food in the US, the food must contain a minimum of 0.5% phosphorus in a dry matter analysis (among other requirements), but diets for cats with chronic kidney disease are best formulated with no more than 0.3% phosphorus (as dry matter analysis). This me...more ans pretty much all brands and formulas designed for cats with chronic kidney disease will have this statement on the label, as will many other veterinary diet formulas that may not meet one or more of the nutritional standards established for healthy cats. (For example, the Hill’s thyroid formula has a similar warning because it does not contain adequate iodine levels for a cat with normal thyroid function, but the low iodine content is exactly what many older cats with hyperthyroidism need to manage the disease with little or no medication or for cats with hyperthyroidism who are not candidates for the radioisotope therapy that often provides long term effective control of the disease.) If your vet has recommended this for a specific cat to combat signs of chronic kidney disease, renal support wet and/or dry formula is fine as a their sole food. It may not be appropriate for other healthy cats in the same household as their sole food, though. It may be necessary to separate cats at feeding time to assure everyone gets the right nutrition to meet their needs. Consult your vet about options if you have concerns regarding shared food. It may depend on the age and health of all the cats involved. If you have a healthy senior and a chronic kidney disease senior, you may be fine feeding both renal support wet and dry food, or you may be fine sharing renal support dry food, provided the healthy cat gets a regular wet food or treats with a higher phosphorus content as part of their diet. If you have a young adult cat, kitten, or pregnant/nursing cat, you may need to feed the healthy cat kitten formula or a complete nutrition adult formula while keeping the kidney disease cat eating only the renal formula. There are online resources that can help you find the phosphorus n close to the 0.5% minimum phosphorus content (dry matter analysis) in case the cat with chronic kidney disease sneaks some or a high phosphorus content for a healthy young cat who is eating some renal support dry food and needs a higher content wet food to make up for the lower content in shared dry food. Your vet will be best able to help you determine the most practical options for your situation.

    By CarolynD on Jun 12, 2021 Report