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Idiopathic Hypercalcemia — best commercial diet?

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    Hello. I appreciate any help with this stressful situation I am currently going through.

    My six-year old female cat was recently diagnosed with idiopathic hypercalcemia after a battery of testing. Her calcium levels were 13, high is apparently 10. We completed a senior blood panel which came back normal besides the calcium level, an ultrasound which came back normal except it showed a semi-enlarged spleen which we completed a cytology on and that came back normal, plus a parathyroid test which came back fine.

    Her initial symptoms were not eating, and being extremely lethargic. After some fluids, nausea medicine and an appetite stimulant she is now eating with gusto. Her initial diet was Orijen Regional Red dry food and Weruva Tuna & Beef porches. The vet wants to change her to Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Fiber Response dry food which my kitty is now obsessed with! After reading the ingredients it looks like a terrible food, and I’m honestly concerned about feeding it to her. I believe the vets idea was the additional fiber would help flush out the calcium levels.

    My online research shows that eating a wet food only diet and avoiding: : dL-methionine, phosphoric acid, and ammonium chloride is really the way to go. I just went out and bought some Wellness Core Chicken + Turkey + Chicken Liver and she eats it, but certainly doesn’t love it.

    Any advise on a commercial diet I can feed her to help with this issue? Or, do you think feeding the Royal Canin is the right way to proceed with this issue? Unfortunately, I really don’t want to make her food myself, for me that is one of the last options I would like to do…

    We live in Philadelphia, and I’m so desperate for some answers I’m considering trying to see Mark Peterson in NYC.

    Thanks in advance for any help!

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