Your cat’s nutritional requirements will change as they age. Here’s what to look out for when choosing cat food for your ageing feline.
Your cat will go through three life stages in his lifetime: kitten, adult, and senior. Each stage has different nutritional requirements so it’s important to feed your cat age-appropriate food that can support your cat through different life stages.
Have a senior cat? Here’s what you need to know about senior cat food.
When to change
Cats 5 to 7 years old are typically considered middle-aged, those above 7 years old are on their way to becoming seniors, and at 10, they are officially in their golden years. Your veterinarian will also be able to advise you when it’s time to change your pet’s diet.
Key factors in food formulas
When it comes to choosing senior cat food, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution as every cat will have different dietary needs depending on their health condition and lifestyle. Here are the most common considerations to keep in mind.
Help your cat look and feel younger with food that are rich in antioxidants as these can help maintain a healthy immune system, cell health, and overall well-being. Antioxidants can also help repair any existing damage on a cellular level.
Senior cats often experience tooth loss and tooth sensitivity. If your cat is missing a lot of his teeth, consider feeding softer foods like canned or wet food to allow them to eat more comfortably. If you are feeding dry food, make sure to get those with small kibbles like Hill’s Science Diet Adult Optimal Care to make it easier for your senior cat to chew and digest.
Cats in general do not drink a lot of water so you need cat food with higher moisture content to ensure they are getting enough water. A high moisture diet is easier for your senior cat’s digestive system and can also help prevent feline kidney failure.
Protein is an essential ingredient throughout your cat’s life, but it’s even more important for senior cats as it helps support healthier coat, skin, and muscle growth. Look out for cat food with higher protein content like BURP Chicken with Ocean Fish Hypoallergenic for Senior Cat which is specially formulated to support senior cats and helps maintain joint and cartilage flexibility, and mobility.
Calories you get from food are a source of energy. As your cat ages, they tend to become less active and will not require as much calories they once did when they were kittens. Excess calorie intake can lead to unhealthy weight gain so make sure to look for senior cat food with lower calorie content to keep your kitty at a healthy weight.
Senior cats often develop digestive issues so getting cat food with higher dietary fibre content can assist in keeping your cat’s digestive system in check.