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20 Apr 2006

Male Cat Eating
I have a 6 month old Burmese male cat. Apparently male cats tend to develop kidney problems when not given the correct food.At the moment I give him Royal Canin Kitten.Just wanted to know if it is bad for him if I add some tuna or chicken to his diet? (more as a snack as a main meal)
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Food generally does not cause kidney problems. However, once kidney problems are present, the correct food can minimise the clinical signs as result of the kidney failure, and even extend the life of the diseased kidneys. It is important to understand though, that the food does not bring on the kidney disease. The food can only help to treat the kidney disease.

What is more common, is the development of crystals in the urine resulting in a blocked bladder, especially so in male cats. Most commercial diets are now formulated to prevent crystals from forming. Any good quality commercial diet will help to prevent stones and crystals. If you have a male cat that is prone to stones, specific diets can be prescribed to help prevent the formation of these stones.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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