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Senior Cat with High Protein Levels in Blood

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  • Senior Cat with High Protein Levels in Blood

    What do you feed your teenaged or older cat?

    My teenager's vet said her blood protein levels were a little elevated and to feed her senior-formula cat food with lower protein. I haven't found any senior-formula dry food, and it is hard to find senior-formula canned food. I am concerned about free-feeding senior cat food anyway; her vet said my 6-year-old would just have to switch too, but my 6-year-old's vet says no to this.

    Do any of you have any suggestions for feeding?
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  • #2
    If you haven't seen this vet's website, take a look: http://catinfo.org/

    She offers consults via phone as well, if you need more specific information.


    • #3
      Are you sure it was protein (either total protein, album or goblins) and not BUN or other kidney value? Elevated globulins can be from a chronic infection, seems like cats with dental disease can have this.

      Elevated kidney values make more sense and are a reason for a diet change in s older cat. Was a urine sample checked too?


      • #4
        Originally posted by Wellspotted View Post
        What do you feed your teenaged or older cat?

        My teenager's vet said her blood protein levels were a little elevated and to feed her senior-formula cat food with lower protein. I haven't found any senior-formula dry food, and it is hard to find senior-formula canned food. I am concerned about free-feeding senior cat food anyway; her vet said my 6-year-old would just have to switch too, but my 6-year-old's vet says no to this.

        Do any of you have any suggestions for feeding?
        fed her wet food as to much dry food does there inners in, as i have had cats for over forty years and mine live long lives oldest that died was 28 i have 7 left oldest now is 20, then 15 6 4 and 1yr i learnt this fact years ago when my very 1st cat had the same problem as yours once i found that out i tend to feed wet fed stuffs and homemade boiled fish, plus only 1 box of dry food i use in the week for all off them as i mixit with thewet feed then they have plenty of water and also have milk given as they all up the yard with the neddies


        • #5
          Old cats get kidney problems. I feed mine KD dry and she also gets Enalapril. Kidney function now normal.


          • Original Poster

            It is her BUN levels, Dry Clean Only.

            Actually her vet didn't tell me much (one of those docs who talks a lot but doesn't really answer questions), so I did a lot of web research and also asked my 6-year-old's vet (we are switching the teenager to this vet come summer, so am interested to hear what he says about her).

            Goeslikestink, what kind of fish do you buy for boiling? Do I boil fish like I would boil chicken, or veggies? My kitties love people fish. I have been pan-broiling it (sauteing it--dont' know how to spell that) in just a little butter or marg.

            I will check out that online vet's site, Cammie.

            Thanks, everyone.
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            • #7
              She should have a urine sample checked too. If your vet hasn't yet or hasn't suggested it, well... you need a new vet! I'm a licensed tech not a doctor so I won't be as diplomatic as another doctor may be

              We would do a blood pressure check and medicate if hypertensive. Did she have thyroid levels checked too?

              There are many things that can be done with diets and meds and supplements to keep these guys doing pretty darn well for a long time.
              Last edited by Dry Clean Only; Apr. 20, 2011, 11:30 PM.


              • #8
                BUN is a measure of kidney function.

                I would get another opinion or really lean on your vet for more information.
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                • #9
                  I have a rescue cat that has had episodes of blood in her urine and each time it was because she was on grain free food. Try to find something with a protein level of around 36% or less that might also have rice or barley in it. Avoid all corn wheat or soy. Most canned foods are around 9% protein so that shouldn't be an issue.

                  I feed mine Innova cat 7 kitten and California Natural.

                  She hasn't had anymore episodes since I took her off grain free and watched her protein