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Cat Treats for Cats with Kidney Disease

Cat Treats for Cats with Kidney Disease

So we already compiled our big list of commercial cat food for cats with kidney disease but that may leave you with the question of what about treats. Can you even still give your cats treats? Yes! When you cat has kidney disease you are still given the a okay for treats. So now let’s look at the some healthy cat treats for cats with kidney disease.

What to Look for in You Cat Treats

So if you cat has kidney disease and you have read our article on what our favorite food options for CKD are you probably have the basics already covered here. For those of you that haven’t we most importantly want a diet full of clean protein that skips the fillers and “junk food.”

Cats are obligatory carnivores so they really crave eating an all meat diet. They don’t need carbohydrates in their diet like you and I. However, when your kidneys are working so great protein does adds strain. So it’s a delicate balance as with everything in managing this disease.

However, when it comes to giving my CKD cats a treat, it’s important to remember these are just that, occasional treats. You should aim to keep treats tiny little samplings that are served in very small portions. So while it’s ideal to stick to the list I am going to cover below of some great high quality protein snack for you cat to nibble on I do occassionally fall into the YOLO camp.

If you are truly keep treats limited and in small portions then go ahead and give them those Temptations. They maybe the equivalent of cat junk food and full of salt but it’s just a tiny treat and they make your cat happy. I do like to save these “bad” treats for medicine time as it smooths the whole process out. If I am looking for a hey your adorable treat I stick to the list below.

For those of you wondering Temptations Cat Treats have an approximate protein content of 33.1% and phosphorous content of 1.17% on a Dry Matter Basis. So it’s not the best but I have seen wet food with higher phosphorous.

It’s not to say the items below your cats won’t go nuts for but some cats have been known to turn their nose up to PureBites. If this is the case for you I would then turn to gravy option but if all else fails don’t stress over breaking out the traditional cat treats.

Store Bought Cat Treats for Cats with Kidney Disease

PureBites Freeze Dried Treats

You can’t go wrong with anything from this brand they have their eye out for quality. All treats from PureBites are 100% pure, natural and grain free. Plus they use human grade ingredients which is always something I am on the lookout for with anything I feed my cats.

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Tiki Cat Stixs

I sort of stumbled on these late last year and my gravy lover totally gobbled these up! If your cats are anything like mine then this creamy mousse will make your cat come running. You can feed it to them “Gogurt” style or you can simply squeeze out onto a plate for them. If you are looking for a food temptation this could be added as a meal topper for extra incentive to eat.

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Unsalted Butter

This is one of my favorites as it serves a dual purpose to those of us struggling to get our cats to put weight back on. It’s pure fat so it helps with weight gain! And for those who are in later stage kidney failure and really worried about protein this is perfect!

Tiki Cat Broth Pouches

If you have a cat that loves gravy/soupy like things this is going to be a mach made in heaven. This low-calorie is meant as a complement to your cat’s already complete and balanced diet. You can use upgrade any meal, plus it’s the purr-fect way to help rehydrate your cat.

Plus note that that it’s completely free of grains, sugar, salt, starch, by-products, fillers, artificial flavors and colors! Serve it as a topper or alone as a purr-worthy treat.

You will want to watch out there are some flavors that are WAY too high in phosphorous levels making it a bad match for cat’s with CKD.

FlavorPhosphorus on DMB%
Tiki Cat Broths Tuna in Broth with Meaty Bits0.65%
Tiki Cat Broths Chicken in Broth with Meaty Bits0.47%

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Friskies Lil’ Soups

My guy LOVES these! He can’t say no to gravy and these soup bowls are much thicker than a broth like the above option from Tiki Cat.

Note not all flavors are a great match for a CKD diet. Here are the flavors that we found to be better suited for our cats with kidney disease.

FlavorPhosphorus on DMB%
Flaked Chicken in a Velvety Tuna Broth0.62%
Friskies Lil’ Soups with Shrimp0.48%
Friskies Lil’ Soups with Chicken and Butternut Squash0.60%
Friskies Lil’ Soups with Sockeye Salmon in a Velvety Chicken Broth 0.60%
Friskies Lil’ Soups Skipjack Tuna in a Velvety Tuna Broth Senior Formula0.60%
Friskies Lil’ Soups Tuna in a Velvety Chicken Broth0.62%

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Bonito Flakes

A natural and delicious treat for your pet! Bonito flakes are among the highest quality flakes on the market and they are derived from a single protein source, making them a healthy choice when rewarding your pet. The flakes contain Taurine which protects your cat from serious eye maladies. The natural fish oils that are found in Bonito will keep your cat’s fur shiny and beautiful. With no additives and no preservatives this is a great all natural, high protein treat!

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Homemade Cat Treats for Kidney Disease

Plain Jane Cooked Chicken

It’s so simple but it is still so enticing to cats. Just plain chicken, NOTHING else, really I mean it. A lot of the seasoning we use on our food is actually dangerous for cats and in some cases deadly. So keep it simple and boil some raw chicken in water and call it good!

Conclusion on CKD Cat Treats

We hope this list helps you out like it has our family! These are treats we have given our fur kiddos. If you have a treat you give your cat that you don’t see on the list be sure to share with everyone in the comment section below. We love hearing from you!

Have a kitten? If you are looking for some treat options for a kitten you have be sure to check out the best cat treats for kittens.


Tuesday 14th of September 2021

I adopted a Sr. cat this past Feb. (2021) with Kidney issues. About 6 months later he lost interest in his wet food. Thanks to you I mix a half a tube of the Tiki Stixs and he finishes all up! Thank you for taking the time to put this information together. It's been a big help! Stitch is 12 now (adopted at 11 yrs.) and hopefully many years together. Thank you again!

Robin Griffin

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

That's amazing I love hearing stories like this!