Older cats have specific nutritional needs. In particular, senior cat food must promote their proper digestion, which is more complex. By helping your cat’s digestion, you’ll help them age well and increase their life expectancy and the quality of their daily life during their later years. You should know that changing to a diet suited to their age may also help stamp out the progression of a disease linked to a cat’s age in its early stages.
What is the most suitable senior cat food?
To facilitate your senior cat’s digestion of meals, it’s important to offer them balanced meals according to the diet suited to cats of their age. The high-quality kibble offered by your veterinarian, who knows their health status, is therefore a solution for not worrying about the balance of their diet and for improving their health. High-quality kibble is also developed with healthy ingredients for cats’ bodies. The other advantage of giving an older cat kibble is that it’s a good way to prevent the tartar to which cats are prone. Indeed, thanks to the friction on the teeth while chewing, kibble helps eliminate dental plaque.
If your cat has hydration problems because they aren’t getting enough to drink each day, premium-quality wet food for senior cats is a solution to help improve their health status. Wet food in the form of cans, pouches, or pâté is generally very appetizing for our feline friends and can regularly be offered to them as a meal. Finally, because many older cats need to take daily tablets to treat diseases, wet food can be a solution for administering them more easily.
Other advice related to senior cat food
To promote good digestion in your cat, you should prevent them from eating too much. While cats eat several times a day (three small meals a day, at least), they shouldn’t eat at will; otherwise, they may suffer from poor digestion and become overweight. Senior cats in particular tend to forget that they’ve just eaten, so it’s important to ration their food to keep them healthy. To get your cat into a healthy rhythm, it’s important not to give in to their untimely demands!
- A gentle dietary transition
If you need to make a dietary change for your cat, make sure to do so gently over a period of around 7 to 10 days. Cats – especially senior cats – don’t appreciate changes to their diet and may develop diarrhea or even spontaneously stop eating. Make the change by gradually reducing the amount of the old food and increasing the amount of the new food.
Starting from age 8 to 10, your cat is considered a senior cat who should be offered high-quality food to increase their balance and well-being at a time in their life when their food becomes harder to digest. You should know that your cat’s good appetite is always a sign of good health, although you still need to ensure their general health status by regularly consulting your veterinarian. In particular, a cat over 8 years old should have a regular general health check-up to detect any diseases related to their age.