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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Health and nutrition tips for senior cats

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As your cats get older it is important to make sure they are getting all the dietary and medical needs that they should be getting. Here are some health and nutrition tips for senior cats.



Senior cats have special diet needs different from adult cats and kittens, their bodies need different things in order for them to sustain a healthy life. Fortunately, advances in research, science and veterinary care cats are living longer than ever before which gives us way more time with our beloved cats, ensuring they stay our loyal companions for many more years.

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As cats get older, just like humans, they become more vulnerable to various different health issues including slower metabolism, decreased mobility, heart issues, kidney problems as well as a list of dental and behavioural problems. However, cats will become senior as young as seven years old , all depending on their weight, environment, nutrition and general genetic health. You can tell when your cat might have reached its senior years by greying on their chin, a clouding in the eyes or stiffer joints and limbs, all of these can be signs that your feline has reached their senior years, meaning slight changes are recommended.

Ageing will change your cat's body which is all completely natural and healthy, but as their owner adjusting various things like their care routine and diet may be worth considering. Doing so will actually increase their lifespan and prevent the many common illnesses which are paired with ageing, being in denial about your cat getting older is the wrong way to go about the situation. When cats become older than eleven their senses like smell and taste start to deteriorate which puts them off their food and makes them lose weight, this adds an extra importance to nutritional needs.

Omega-3 fatty acids


As your cat gets older, they start to struggle to clean themselves, which can result in furballs which can actually be quite serious. Look for cat food rich in omega-3 fatty acids which will help your cats fur and also digestion.

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Cranberies


Kidney disease and bladder issues are not uncommon in cats when they reach their 'golden age,' if your cat is using its litter box more frequently, losing weight and drinking more this could indicate a problem. Giving your cat cranberries will sustain fluid levels and their PH level, all making for a healthy bladder.

Chicory Root


Obesity is also an issue with older cats which could all be factors of decreased mobility and a slower metabolism. Making sure your cat has a healthy diet filled with high fibre foods will help stop this becoming a big issue. Looking for foods with chicory roots is a good idea as it promotes natural bacteria in the intestine and also foods like pumpkin will assist the food through the digestive system.

Routine


Cats will get stressed when their routines or environments change and in senior cats the changes in their bodies like the deterioration of their senses, stress can really affect a cat and so keeping their routines consistent will drastically improve their wellbeing.

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Remember prevention is key when looking after your senior cat, making these small changes will keep your cat healthy and happy for even more years.
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