Feeding your senior cat
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As a cat matures and grows into a senior cat we often find that, like humans, their health and energy slowly decline. A senior cat's body loses it's ability to recover quickly from injuries or routine illness, no matter how small the problem. In addition to this your senior cat may struggle to maintain normal body functions and they may also find it hard to adapt to day to day stresses or sudden changes in their environment.
All of the above are reasons as to why we, as owners of senior cats, need to pay close attention to our cats and observe any changes in their movements or health. For example, your cat may start to reduce it's intake in calories, as their metabolism may slow down. Putting on weight and not eating as much are common in senior cats.
Ensuring that you provide an appropriate diet for your cat's ailments and symptoms is essential to maintain their health into later life. However, there is no set diet that can be recommended for a senior cat, as they will all have different ailments, dietary requirements and personal tastes to take into consideration.
With numerous specialist cat foods on the market, you will be able to purchase a food specific for the age of your cat, in a flavour that they like. Most foods for older cats are lower in protein, sodium and phosphorus. This helps with their hearts and eases digestion. You may also find that the foods are higher in vitamins to help with their immune system, bones, teeth and coat.
Unfortunately obesity is a very common problem of older animals and should be taken seriously. Make sure that you monitor the weight of your pet so that you can target the issue directly if needed. Your vet will be able to advise you on this issue and they will also be able to inform you if it is a side effect of a more serious problem.