Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Reviewing old paperwork is something I try to do on a regular basis. My most recent exercise uncovered notes I compiled on how to get Buddy to eat his kidney diet cat food. Challenging is the only word to describe our efforts to get a finicky Buddy to eat his special food - it's part and parcel of the disease as it affects the taste buds. Add that to a cat's usual finickiness and, well you understand what I'm talking about.
I figured it would be a good idea to enumerate the items in my bag of tricks here:
  • Try different types of prescription food - pouch and canned. Different brands have different tastes. You might find one or more brands your cat finds palatable.
  • Mix some warm water in the food. Changing the texture might help and extra fluid never hurt.
  • Juice from tuna packed in water or clam juice (make sure whatever juice you use is onion-free).
  • Mix in bits of tuna or chopped clams.
  • If your cat wants to eat odd food - check with your veterinarian. Buddy craved canned dog food, Bok Choy and Chinese roast pork when he was ill. His doctor said both foods were OK; I would rinse them and add it to his meal.
  • A pinch of catnip in the food might do the trick.
  • Some fresh (no bones) or canned salmon (check with the doctor before including the bones which you should mash very well).
  • Buddy liked peas and scrambled eggs; I would add them separately or together.
  • Home cook (I did) but discuss the menu with your veterinarian.
  • A few drops of anchovy oil - we never tried this but it should work.
Always have fresh, room temperature water (preferably bottled or filtered) available at all times for your cat. Finally, a few other suggestions:
  • Monitor your cat's food intake; don't free-feed.
  • Reduce stress by placing food and water dishes in a quiet area.
  • Be mindful of any changes in your cat's behavior, toileting routine or weight and discuss anything of concern with your veterinarian.
  • Check for changes in your cat's toileting routine.
  • Maintain a schedule of regular doctor visits.
Be diligent; set up a schedule for feedings, checking water and administering medicines. Seriously consider home cooking. Above all love your pet. and enjoy the time you have together.


  1. It's difficult to find knowledgeable people for this subject, however, you seem like you know what you're talking about!

    1. Thank you. I'm not a professional; what I learned came thru trial & error. If you know your cat's personality & routine you will pick up clues alerting you to changes that need to be addressed with a healthcare professional.