your Senior Cat
cats have special dietary needs and functions versus adults and
kittens. Their bodies require different things and sometimes you
need to supplement for maximum nutrition. Studies have revealed
that senior cats may very well not be digesting food like other
cats. Their energy needs stay the say but their ability to absorb
fat changes. This may mean that they will need to consume fat that
is more palatable and digestible than in other foods.
are considered "senior" when they reach the latter third of their
lives and should be considered for dietary changes. Smaller kibble,
perhaps with more vitamins and antioxidants, will be an option.
Your veterinarian will be able to evaluate your cat to see what
it needs. He will need more protein than others, as a decrease in
protein levels in the body will target his immune system. This is
another reason to see your veterinarian when your cat gets older
so he can check for protein restrictions and see what type of diet
cats age they become more susceptible to disease. They may need
to increase their Omega-3 fatty acid intake due to cancer, a soft
gentle food due to oral disease, or perhaps may need decreased salt
diets due to heart disease. A thorough checkup is therefore necessary
to establish the proper dietary plan to usher your companion healthy
through his senior days. The checkup your cat received as a kitten
and as an adult will not be the same as the one he has as a senior.
Bodies change, chemical structure changes, it is just like a human.
Your health as a baby is certainly not your health at 80.
elderly cats have difficulty eating and may go days without. After
ruling out disease, you may find that your cat has become even more
finicky to what his food tastes and feels like. To keep this problem
at bay you can try warming food in the microwave (stir to decrease
hot spots), Adding juice or gravy to the food, talking to him during
feedings, or perhaps just smaller meals throughout the day. Feeding
a nutritious meal that has all the things he requires will help.
Worse case scenario, they do make animal appetite stimulators that
you can get from your vet. These should be used as a last resort
careful care and love, your senior cat can live a prosperous life
without worry. The small dietary changes do not impact your life
or your cat's except in the way that it will make life easier on
him with just a few observation moments on your part. Watch your
cat; see where he is moving slower, where he eats and how. Monitoring
him and relaying that info to your vet can get his diet where it
needs to be in his later years.
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