I really struggle with nomming kibble Renal Cat Food! YES I do. I know it’s good for me but c’mon guys, pull up a chair and let me tell you a, slightly longer than usual, tail tale.  

Here’s how things stand now. When I arrived at Mum’s I came with bowls, a lovely hooded litter tray and a big bag of renal cat food. Well, as you know, I’m 14 and us older kitties tend to have kidney issues so mum wasn’t surprised. What DID surprise her was what this stuff looked like small pellets of, well, cardboard. There was no tasty smell, no delicious fishy or meaty flavour to tempt me to eat. Nothing, nada and zilch.

Dusty Senior Cat
My favourite Photo of ME!

Now, I know that the companies who make our renal cat food spend time, and money, on research to make cat food really safe for renal kitties but, maybe it could be a little bit tastier, I thought. Well, according to a blogging buddy Royal Canin is rolling out a tasty renal option and we are looking into that as a welcome step forward by a company we like when it hits New Zealand’s shores!

Renal Kitty Health report

In the meantime, I am, according to Mum, putting on a bit of weight which is great for a kitty of 14, but, this lack of tempting food is causing a little concern. She believes that as I had a fairly traumatic past, until I was taken in by carer Michelle, I deserve a bit of TLC.

So far we have explored two options :-  Raw, and what we call (for simplicity) Dried – a dehydrated form of raw, our alternatives until the ‘new’ Royal Canin Renal hits New Zealand shores.  Here’s what we discovered……..

Dusty the Princess
My Toon-ed up Portrait from a recent #BlogPawsChat

Renal Cat Food Option 1 – Raw Food

Local to us Bev and Mike run The Cats and Dogs Dinner Company. They work on the ‘prey diet‘ concept, and regularly deliver frozen pottles of raw meat in a variety of flavours. We have tried their stuff and I like it a lot, I eat it mashed up in a bowl, with great enthusiasm. So, Option 1 – Raw, gets a paws up.

Renal Cat Food Option 2 – Dried ‘Raw’ Food

Our local Animates pet supermarket stocks Feline Natural. This is 100% natural dried food which is rehydrated with warm water. Mum was convinced I would hate this but, in true feline fashion, I proved her wrong heh heh! I eat this regularly, mixed with raw meals just to ring the changes. So, Option 2 – Dried raw also gets a paws up. Incidentally, the company K9 Natural is 100% New Zealand owned, and also supplies dog food. Both forms are available in the USA, Canada and Australia.

This is me, not so long ago, enjoying my new diet, and a great New Zealand summer!

Has it helped?

My general health appears to be looking better, I am eating willingly, and cleaning my plate. The fresh raw food is a new option we are still tasting our way through, but I like it, and Mum pointed out to me that she used to give the Feline Natural to Nemo, one of my senior predecessors who came from Upper Hutt Animal Rescue. He had an irritable owl they had to cope with and……

*sounds of whispering *

Sorry, just a moment everyone….

Yes, Silver, what is it?

*That’s Irritable Bowel…… Dusty ….*

Sorry Silver, I did wonder…… *ahem* Nemo’s digestive challenges were eased greatly by feeding him Feline Natural which has not one single preservative in it.

  • NOTE Both the Raw and Dried options are equally tasty, palatable and although the dried is more convenient especially for a busy working person, the raw has proved popular with me, and several of the other cats here. We believe the Raw option is worth the effort of defrosting a portion each day for a true raw feed. Both have benefited me as a senior because of the lack of preservatives and more natural, additive free, approach that reduces toxins going thorough my kidneys.

Renal Cat Food Super Tips

  1. You will find good detail of what IBD/IBS is and how to cope with it here.
  2. Friend Savannah has a really good post here about her approach to raw food and how it benefits her.
  3. Our buddies at TinCat have a review of automatic feeders for you to sample here. A good feeder can help keep raw food fresh.
  4. Our colleague at Pawsome Cats have a series of articles on Raw food here.

See you then!
Dusty Cat

Dusty our senior and most recent blogger



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  1. Herman TattleCat

    April 6, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Excellent information, Dusty. My mom took notes. We thank you.


  2. The Poupounette Gang

    March 28, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I was diagnosed with early stage renal disease a year ago, and I eat Virbac VetComplex renal kibble. A friend recommended it to us, saying it was the only renal food her cat would eat, and I really like it!



  3. Clare

    March 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for the update, Dusty. Stay healthy!


  4. The Swiss Cats

    March 14, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Great post and great information. Raw and dry food seems to be good choices for you, Dusty. Purrs


  5. Summer

    March 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Binga used to throw up fur several times a week, but since my human has been feeding her a 75% raw diet (only breakfast is canned, and even that is premium, grain-free, no carrageenan cat food), she almost never does anymore! In fact, when she does, it’s usually because, for one reason or another, the humans weren’t able to give her the raw food.


  6. Noodle

    March 13, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for the info!
    have a super weekend…

    Noodle and crew


  7. Seville at Nerissa's Life

    March 13, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I’m super lucky, I guess, ’cause although I get the special-special for the crystals, I really quite like it. In fact, it’s so yummy, my two marmie brothers are always trying to steal it. But this dried raw food sounds pretty good. I’m super glad your mum was able to find it for you. purrs



  8. Brian Frum

    March 11, 2016 at 7:01 am

    That was a very good report and we hope it all works out for you.


  9. Meowmeowmans

    March 11, 2016 at 1:45 am

    That Royal Canin renal food was a big hit with Moosey in his final few months with us. He liked it much better than the KD. I hope it works out for Dusty, too!

    We tweeted about Sean. Poor little fella.


  10. da tabbies o trout towne

    March 10, 2016 at 3:46 am

    dood…..grate post and moovee two, next time ya get out side… snooze in sum sun for uz pleez coz we iz knot a loud out doorz !! insert heartz XXXX

    ~~~~~~~ waves two jack


  11. Kitties Blue

    March 9, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Dusty, Thank you so much for this informative post. CKD kitty Fiona does not like the renal food. These look like some great options for her. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARJORIE. Pisces people are the best! Sending los of love and best wishes, Janet and Kitties Blue


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