As cats age, their eating habits may also change. Some older
cats start to lose their appetite, while some start eating more
and become obese.
The thing with cats, they don’t always look their age. They
don’t always act their age, either. But just because they look
and act young doesn’t mean they are. Or that you can keep
feeding them the same stuff you’ve always had. Cats age a bit
like dogs do. And a 12-year-old cat is like a 64-year-old
human. That’s already a senior.
A cute senior
And senior cat nutrition, just like senior human nutrition,
is different. That’s because seniors, whether feline or human,
start feeling the ravages of age as they get older. During this
time, many different ailments start rearing their ugly
If you have an elderly cat, then you need to make some
adjustments in his diet. Here’s a senior cat nutrition guide to
help you out.
Senior cats are often put on a low-protein diet. But experts
say there really aren’t any studies to indicate that healthy
older cats have different nutritional needs than their younger
counterparts. Having said that however, it’s still important to
note that cat food doesn’t come in a one-size-fits-all variant
An elder cat with its set of problems therefore, needs to
have its conditions addressed and his diet tailored to fit his
specific needs. This is where the help of a vet is
While age alone won’t likely change the cat’s appetite,
lifestyle can have a big impact.
With many cats kept indoors, their natural instincts to hunt
and capture prey are tampered. In addition to that, the food
bowl is pretty much available and accessible any time they feel
the urge to eat. Those two together plus the calorie-dense
foods they eat all add up to create an animal that’s likely
packing a few excess pounds.
Overeating and gaining weight can have a lot of detrimental
effects on your cat’s health. So talk to your vet and try to
keep the cat’s weight under control as much as possible.
3. Aging Cat
As cats age, there are several diseases that can affect
them. These medical conditions also have different and special
• Diabetes – often triggered by obesity, cats who suffer
from it should be put on a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet.
With prompt treatment, there is a chance that the disease may
even go away completely.
• Kidney Disease – a diet that’s phosphorous-restricted is
best for cats with this affliction. Less salt and protein is
needed compared to normal cat diets.
• Dental Disease – cats with this problem need to be
switched to softer canned food
There are plenty of other diseases cats may suffer from.
Cancer, for one, can make your cat lose weight and therefore
need some dietary changes as well. Also, never forget to
properly hydrate your pet cat. Make sure there’s always enough
water throughout the day.
If you are already feeding your cat a balanced diet, then
there really isn’t any need for additional supplements.
However, if he’s suffering from a health condition that affects
older cats, then it would likely be harder for him to absorb
all the vitamins and minerals from the food. In this case, a
nutritional supplement can be beneficial.
Senior cats, when healthy, won’t need too many diet changes
or restrictions. But if you notice your cat starting to show
the symptoms of any ailment, see a vet immediately. There may
be a need to make adjustments to his nutrition to ensure a