Senior cats’ changing needs
Some older cats are prone to weight gain and obesity. They may start eating less but still seem to gain weight. If this is the case, it’s important to check for any conditions that can be related to changing behaviour, metabolism and reduced physical activity.
Increased weight can lead to several medical conditions, including heart, respiratory, urinary tract, skin and joint problems, which in senior cats can be even more serious. Switching to a lower-calorie food and measuring the amount of food fed may help your cat lose weight.
Other older cats may be eating but losing weight at the same time. This may be related to an underlying condition such as heart disease, thyroid dysfunction or diabetes mellitus.
Some of them may be eating less and losing weight because of painful periodontal disease (teeth and gum disease) or kidney disease.
Any abnormal changes in your older cat are necessary to discuss with your vet.
To make sure your senior cat stays healthy for as long as possible, it’s important to address the specific needs of older cats. For example, antioxidants and fish oil support brain health and vitality, while controlled levels of minerals support optimal kidney and urinary health.
Feeding a nutrition that’s tailored to senior cats can help in the fight against the ageing changes. The new Hill’s™ Science Plan™ Senior 11+ Healthy Ageing is available as both dry and wet food with a taste your cat will love.
Read more about Hill’s tailored nutrition for senior cats.