Good nutrition is especially important for senior cats, those over 11 years of age. Cats, like people are living longer. Senior cat population is up by six percent. And good nutrition is especially important for senior cats, those over 11 years of age. And our friends at Hill’s® Science Diet®, take senior feline nutrition very seriously.
Many cats live well into their teens. In human years, that’s older than 70! Some live into their 20’s and that’s equivalent to a human being in their 90’s or more. That’s a lot of years to spend with your special feline. And as the bond intensifies over the years, so does our commitment to keeping our feline friends healthy, by good nutrition, regular visits to the veterinarian, and plenty of lots of loving care
Did you know that as young as age seven, a cat’s nutritional needs change from adult to mature adult? Cats from 7 to 11 are considered mature felines. This doesn’t mean they are is “old” it just means it’s time to adjust their food to one that meets the nutritional needs at this stage of life. It’s hard to believe that my Siamese, Linus, is already at this stage.
During this stage, it’s important for your cat to have controlled levels of phosphorus and other vital nutrients to help reduce kidney stress. Just as people need to reduce their intake of sodium later in life, so does your cat. What’s also important for cats over 7 is for the urine pH to support a healthy urinary tract. Hills‘ research and studies have guided them to make an array of foods for mature adult cats that will give your cat the nutrition she needs to help lengthen the quality time you have with your cat.
If you have a senior cats (Paws’ mom has two – Pink Collar and Clyde, and two that have passed on to the Rainbow Bridge – Smokey Blue and Victory) imagine what it would be like to see them more active and playful. Just imagine your senior cats playing and interacting with you and your other felines more. The right nutrition can actually fight the signs of aging.
Inactivity and chronic disease such as dental, heart disease and kidney disease, and weight gain and loss are all a part of aging. Hill can actually help maintain or even improve the quality of your felines life and help reduce the chances of contracting or slow down the effects of these dreaded diseases.
My Victory had kidney disease, and it was then that I first learned about Hills’ Science Diet, as she started a diet that help slow down the renal failure. She had many good years after her diagnosis, living to be about 20.
Like people, a balanced diet and exercise help keep your feline in optimal health. Hill’s® Science Diet® healthy aging formulas can help with the aging process by
- MAINTAINING health while aging with Science Diet® Active Longevity™ foods
- DEFYING the visible signs of aging with Science Diet® Science Diet Senior 11+ Age Defying
Cats like people exhibit both physical and behavioral changes with age. With the right balance of nutrition, the signs of aging can actually be slowed down.
With the right balance of nutrition, the signs of aging can actually be slowed down.
That’s why it’s very important for pet parents to feed their senior cats the appropriate food without too much of the nutrients that are not healthy for them. Science Diet® Age Defying™ cat food provides precisely balanced nutrition senior cats need as they age, allowing you to provide the best quality of life for your pet. Science Diet® Age Defying™ foods fight the signs of aging with visible results in just 30 days. Hills maintains that pet parents will see:
- Increased play and interaction
- Increased agility
- Fewer accidents in the house
- Less sleeping
In order to achieve this, Hills offers an array of food specifically tailored for your mature and/or senior cats.
- Hill’s® Science Diet® Mature Adult Active Longevity Original
- Hill’s® Science Diet® Mature Adult Hairball Control
- Hill’s® Science Diet® Mature Adult Indoor
- Hill’s® Science Diet® Senior 11+ Age Defying
- Hill’s® Science Diet® Senior 11+ Indoor Age Defying
Their research has led Hills to develop a nutritional balance that is right for your cat, whether they are more sedentary and are indoor-only, or if they are a tad more active and you’re looking to fend off the effects of aging.
There’s one thing for sure, us cat people want our felines to spend as many years with us as possible. We want them to be healthy, happy cats, who can spend many a year with us.
Weight is particularly problematic for older cats, whether it be obesity caused by less activity, or weight loss caused by some malady.
Regular vet visits in addition to a balanced diet will help your cat stay healthy longer, and spend many, many years as your special friend.
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Have you used Hill’s® Science Diet® for your mature or senior cats? If so, please share your stories here. In Paws’ next post, Paws will review the many effects of aging in cats. Please share your stories.