Cat Nutrition Guide | Choosing the Right Senior Cat Food
From the age of 7 onwards your cat’s body begins to change, with age affecting their weight, skin, joints, internal organs and dental health. Let’s make their later years a truly golden era by adjusting their nutrition to slow the signs of ageing and meet their new requirements.
What ingredients should be in senior cat food?
Whatever your cat’s age, they should be fed premium ingredients for the optimum digestion and therefore ultimate absorption. One of the really important ingredients we want our cats to uptake is taurine. This essential amino acid keeps their systems functioning just right, and helps overall health, especially if your cat’s appetite has decreased slightly as they’ve grown older. Taurine is found in abundance in fish, and poultry, so choose a food with a high protein level for heart support and healthy nutrition.
Different types of senior cat nutrition…
As with humans, cats’ metabolisms slow with age. They also tend to move less than a young sprightly kitten, needing fewer calories and less fat. Prevent your senior cat from becoming overweight by opting for a weight maintenance formula. These tailored recipes minimise fat and calories whilst offering extremely digestible proteins and fibre. On the other hand, if your cat’s weight goes the other way and they appear thin, it could be due to a lower ability to absorb nutrients. Chat to the vet and have them check your feline over to rule out any problems and then switch to a higher calorie food.
Dental disease is another thing for older cats to contend with. Not only can it be painful, but it can affect their organs and cause health problems. Implement a dental health care routine, and if necessary feed an oral care food. We have a full range of toothbrushes, dental treats and supplementary foods to choose from to reduce plaque and prevent gum disease.
How much should I feed my senior cat?
Keep an eye on your moggy’s eating habits. Never feed from your own plate, and follow the recommended portion size on your cat’s bag of food. Generally, senior cats should be fed twice a day; once in the morning, once at night, which will also make it easier for you to monitor their eating patterns. Finally, never forget the hydrating bowl of clean, fresh water for your senior cat to wash down their nutritious grub. Have a look at the senior cat foods we have to offer, here. Royal Canin have specifically formulated senior cat food to meet every elderly cat’s nutritional needs.