Are Adult Cats Fed on Wet Maintenance Diets Less at Risk of Developing Chronic Kidney Disease Compared to Adult Cats Fed on Dry Maintenance Diets?

  • Catherine Anne McLeonard University of Liverpool Leahurst Campus Chester High Road Neston Cheshire CH64 7TE



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Clinical bottom line

A comprehensive search of the available veterinary literature found three studies which assess whether feeding wet or dry maintenance diets place cats at an increased risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) diagnosis. None of the three studies found any significant benefit of feeding either diet in reducing the risk of CKD. However, the criteria used to diagnose CKD was not standardised across any of the three studies. There is currently insufficient evidence that feeding a wet maintenance diet will help to reduce the risk of CKD but further studies are needed to assess whether diet can play some role in reducing the risk of CKD diagnosis.

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Author Biography

Catherine Anne McLeonard, University of Liverpool Leahurst Campus Chester High Road Neston Cheshire CH64 7TE

BBSRC-funded PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Leahurst Campus, University of Liverpool and resident of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH)


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Vol. 2 No. 4 (2017): The fourth issue of 2017

Section: Knowledge Summaries

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