My cat was recently diagnosed with end stage kidney failure and will not eat anything but friskies..

A few weeks ago is noticed my 3 year old cat looked and was acting very sick. I took him to the vet and she tested his blood and said he had barely any kidney function. She gave him fluids and gave us fluids to take home to give to him once a week. Before I took him to the vet, I had switched his food to Wellness, and he liked it the first day, but after he went to the vet he will only eat friskies wet food or friskies treats. The vet gave us Hills I/d and k/d but he won't even go near any of his food with he Hills on his dish. I've also tried I and love and you patte food, but had no luck. He went back to the vet a few days ago and although he looks and is acting better, his kidney function went down more and he is now in the end stage. I know friskies isn't good, but if it's the only thing he will eat is it okay to just give it to him, since he's hungry? Or should I keep trying to find a new food for him? This is so sad and frustrating.

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  • Cindi LeonardCindi Leonard Plantation, Fla.Member Posts: 1,670
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    Mix the friskies with the prescription food in an amount so that he will eat it. Quality of life is very important at the end, so you still need to try and do what is best for him. He could surprise you and hold on for another four months. Find a balance between what he likes and needs, and add TWO MORE water bowls. Fluid intake is extremely important. Add ice cubes or do whatever he likes to make sure he drinks and eats. Sorry for your impending loss at this happy time of year, and avoid giving him any human food, even if he begs. ^_^
  • sherry LaRosa-Silvestrisherry LaRosa-Silvestri willow groveMember Posts: 888
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    It is really hard to believe that a 3-year old cat is suffering from end stage renal failure. My cat started suffering from chronic renal failure around 10 years old. She lived for 14 more months, but I had to give her sub-Q fluids three times a week. You need to speak to your vet, as once a week is not enough. I know from experience. Also, I gave my cat Royal Canin can food which is available by prescription only. I purchased it by the case. It is costly, but if the other foods are not working, you need to try something else. In the end, I gave my cat anything she wanted, including Gerber baby food. The best ones were the turkey or chicken flavors. Only use Gerber, as they don't have any onion or garlic powder in them. You will know when your cat is getting worse when he starts to do crazy things. Some examples are: 1) sucking on his bedding, 2) walking like he is drunk; and 3) trying to eat cat litter, to name a few. I wish you the best of luck. It is a difficult time.


  • Feed him whatever he'll eat. And please don't prolong the inevitable. The vet will probably tell you to pump him full of fluids to keep him alive, but that's only for you, not your cat. You'll know when it's time. Don't let him suffer, and don't prolong his life just because you want him alive for a few more weeks. That's not in his best interest. darryl roberts vet tech
  • I am sorry for all this stress. I can relate, but my cat is about 19 years old, and has recently been diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure (CRF). I don't know what the medical causes are for your cat, who is so young. My cat is given 200 mgs of subcutaneous fluids daily. I have never heard of once a week fluid therapy; fluids are critical. If his kidney test results are so bad, getting any kind of food into him is critical, as is fluid intake. Most cats don't like prescription diets. Feed him anything he will eat (check link below for enticing foods). I would ask the vet to try him at 200 mgs/day of fluids for 10 days, like my vet, and then re-do the lab work. My cat vastly improved after this period, and this will get you a better idea of where he is at, medically. Here is a great website, which will lead you to others like it: It has links to help you understand his lab results and his needs. Find a vet you can work with (very important).
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