Choosing the Right Food for Your Senior Cat

Published by
min read

Nutritional Needs of Senior Cats

Your cat’s nutritional needs will change as they grow older, and it can make feeding time a challenge for both of you. Like humans, cats undergo significant physical changes with age. Understanding some of these changes and altering your senior cat’s food can help maintain their weight and health.

Weight management

Obesity in cats occurs most commonly in middle age. If you notice that your cat is eating less but still gaining weight, it could be attributed to decreased metabolism or decreased activity levels. Being overweight can lead to chronic medical conditions, including heart, respiratory, skin, and joint problems, especially in older cats. You should have your cat’s weight checked regularly at the vet clinic and consult your vet to make sure your cat is at a healthy weight and is getting the right nutrition. 

Although weight loss is sometimes attributed to the aging process, it can also be the result of an underlying disease. If your senior cat has a healthy appetite but is still losing weight, consult your vet. A decreased appetite could be associated with periodontal disease (gum and tooth problems), gastrointestinal disease, kidney failure, or a reduction in taste sensation.

Maintaining your senior cat’s health

When determining how much to feed your cat, follow these guidelines for proper senior cat nutrition:

  • Slowly adjust caloric intake to physical and environmental conditions (for instance, indoor vs. outdoor cats, spayed/neutered)
  • Give your cat a stimulating environment where they can be active
  • Switch to a food with a lower energy density (reduced fat or higher fibre)
  • Implement portion control and meal feeding
  • Introduce foraging devices (meal-dispensing feeders, food-filled toys)
  • Introduce barriers to food access (baby gates, elevated feeding stations)

We can help

Choosing the best cat food for your senior cat will provide them with a higher quality of life. Cats have shown health benefits from a food supplemented with antioxidants, fatty acids, and a prebiotic source. Hill's™ Science Plan™ Healthy Ageing 11+ is formulated to support healthy brain and kidneys of cats aged 11+ years. With clinically proven antioxidants, Omega-3s and L-carnitine:

  • Antioxidants and fish oil to help support healthy brain and vitality
  • L-carnitine and optimal levels of calcium for lean muscles and strong bones
  • Controlled levels of minerals for optimal kidney and urinary tract health
  • Great taste, loved by cats

Choosing the right kind of food for your senior cat can help them to lead a long, healthy life. For more information on what’s best for your senior cat, consult your veterinarian.

Related Articles

  • The Downside of Free-Feeding Your Cat

    Understand the dangers of free-feeding your cat and learn how proper feeding methods can help promote a healthier, higher quality of life for your cat.
  • How and When To Feed Your Adult Cat?

    It's important to feed your mature cat the right amount of food at proper intervals, but this can be tricky -- it is also worth remembering that feeding requirements can vary greatly from one cat to another.
  • The Best Food For Your Cat

    People have lately become much more aware of the nutritional needs of their cats.
  • Knowing About Cat Nutrition

    Many experienced cat owners will know that cats need specific and specialised nutrition in order to live full and healthy lives.

Related products