Your aging cat and their diet
Your cat's sense of taste and smell decreases with age, which can result in reduced appetite. If they're suffering with dental problems that make it uncomfortable to eat, this can eventually lead to weight loss. To prevent this, highly palatable and soft-textured foods are a good choice for aging cats as they are easier and more enjoyable for them to eat.
Specific nutrients should be part of your older cat's diet to alleviate any symptoms of aging and slow the onset of age-related diseases:
- Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and EPA/DHA, together with green-lipped mussel extract, help to increase mobility in aging cats and promote healthy joint function
- Antioxidants to support antioxidant capacity
- Reduced levels of phosphorus to support kidney health and function
- Highly digestible protein to support digestion in mature cats. Beet pulp for a beneficial prebiotic effect, and EPA/DHA to help maintain digestive health
Visiting the vet with your aging cat
After your cat is 10 years old, it's best to visit your vet every six months; this way, any potential illnesses can be spotted quickly. If you notice your cat has increased thirst or urination, problems related to their digestion, significant mobility issues, behavioral changes, or any lumps on their body, make sure to visit your vet right away as these can be indicators of underlying diseases.
By following these simple tips, you'll be able to support your cat as it approaches its later years. If you're in any doubt, consult your vet who will be happy to give you all the help you need.