Marsh Kitty Part 2

Guest Post: JoAnn Stancer, Sand Spring Chesapeakes

In Part 1 of Marsh Kitty you learned how I came about “MK”, how her leg was broken and the importance of good nutrition for proper healing of broken bones.
You need to feed a well balanced food with the proper amounts of calcium and phosphorus so the bones will heal back together without surgical intervention. Although this all depends on the type of break. Calcium plays an important role for the recovery of a broken bone and phosphorus helps to strengthen bones. I fed MK Hill’s Science Diet Kitten Healthy Development Original.
This is what Hill’s has to say about their product:
Hill’s® Science Diet® Kitten Healthy Development Original cat food provides precisely balanced, easy-to-digest nutrition for growing kittens.

  • Natural DHA supports healthy brain development and learning ability
  • Taurine and multivitamins promote healthy growth of vital organs
  • Enriched with vitamins C+E to protect the immune system
  • Real chicken #1 with natural ingredients and no chicken by-product meal

MK healedxray
Here is the radiograph of MK’s healed leg.


In Part 1, I also shared a radiograph showing MK only had one kidney, this is a congenital defect that happened for reasons that will never be known. Before I had her spayed, we ran pre-anesthetic blood work to make sure her internal organs could handle the anesthetic. This was very important since she only had one kidney. Cats can live with only one kidney provided it is functioning properly and her kidney function was at the high end of normal.
Surgery went fine and she healed up with no problems. It was at that time, after talking with my boss, that I decided to switch her diet to a prescription kidney diet. She is now being fed Purina Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function.
This is what Purina has to say about their product: 
Purina Veterinary Diets® NF® feline formula provides complete and balanced nutrition for the adult cat and has been formulated to achieve the following characteristics:

  • Low phosphorus
  • Reduced sodium
  • Source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
  • Added potassium
  • Reduced protein

Hopefully, feeding MK a kidney diet will help her remaining kidney function normally for a long time. It is important to feed a proper diet that fits with your cats needs whether it is a regular or prescription diet. Always consult a Veterinarian for suspected medical conditions.
Coming Soon: Part 3 | More surgery for poor little MK.


Guest post: JoAnn Stancer from Sand Spring Chesapeakes.


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  1. Thank you for featuring part 2. She is a little trooper.
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  2. They really do make pet foods for everything now, don’t they? I didn’t even realize they had special formulas to help with so many different conditions.
    That MK really is a tough little gal!
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  3. Good idea to use the kidney food. 🙂
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