The Beginning of a Journey
In 1998, at the age of a little over two years old, Tuffy was diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure (CRF), now known as Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). We were given a bag of veterinary kidney diet kibble, told he had at most a month to live, and sent on our not-so-merry way. It broke my heart to watch my beloved baby boy slowly leaving me. I began a very determined quest to find the best way to treat his disease. After a ton of research, and started with his diet—the foundation that helps build a better defense against illness. I ditched the kibble that he and his brother Abby had been eating for the previous two years of their life.
Why no kibble? During my research I found that kibble is not a good choice for cats due to the high carbohydrate content and very low moisture. Physiologically, kitties are not thirst-driven like dogs and humans, so eating kibble leads to them being chronically dehydrated, which in turn leads to kidney and bladder disease over time. Their bodies don”t have the means to process carbs, therefore carbs can lead to allergies, diabetes, and other diseases. I began feeding canned food.