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Consult a veterinarian about diet for cats with heart failure


The most common form of heart failure in cats is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - in short: HCM. With the right nutrition you can support the therapy of heart disease and improve the quality of life of your cat. However, be sure to discuss the special cardiac diet with your veterinarian so as not to do anything wrong. Special food can improve the quality of life for cats with heart disease - Shutterstock / Irina Kozorog

You can get special food from the vet that is tailored to the needs of your cat with heart failure. This can vary from patient to patient, which is why a thorough examination and diagnosis is important beforehand. For example, it may be that your sick cat has a low-calorie diet if she is overweight. Conversely, heart diseases can also trigger loss of appetite - if the cat loses too much, high-quality cat food with a high energy density is recommended.

Heart Failure Diet: Reduce Salt

Salt is suspected of increasing blood pressure and promoting water retention. Both are dangerous in the event of heart failure, so a low-salt diet is ideal for your heart-sick cat. However, your pet does not necessarily have to do without salt entirely. It is best to ask your vet about this.

Cat disease HCM: diagnosis and treatment

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After consultation with the vet: supplement taurine?

It is believed that a low-taurine diet promotes the development of heart failure in cats. Therefore, it may make sense to additionally enrich the cat food with taurine. Omega-3 fatty acids are also said to be good for heart health. Check with the vet to see if this is appropriate for your heart-sick cat and if he recommends other supplements to provide your pet with all the nutrients it needs.

In addition, it is particularly important for cats with heart failure that they have a healthy body weight so that they do not overload the heart or undersupply it. If your cat is overweight, you should work out a diet with your veterinarian to gently reduce the weight. If your cat is too thin, there is also special food for this to keep it healthy.