As cats age, their needs evolve. They may prefer snuggling up on a cosy chair in your home, instead of a daring escapade elsewhere in the neighbourhood… and likewise, their nutritional requirements become very different.
For example, a feline of advanced years has a much slower metabolism than a younger cat. This means that they burn fewer calories for energy and therefore need a diet to reflect this, particularly with lower levels of fat.
If you have a mature cat, it may be time to make some adjustments – and if you’d like some advice to get started, our friendly team at Clent Hills Vets is always happy to talk through what’s best for your pet. Why not give us a call to make an appointment with a vet nurse?
It’s also important to make sure that what your ageing cat consumes gives them the best chance of fighting age-related health risks, such as obesity, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and kidney problems.
Some health problems are genetic – but even then, the correct nutrition can help them stay as well as possible.
- Cats with kidney disease are helped by highly digestible proteins
- Cats with heart problems need a diet that’s lower in sodium
- Cats with brain function difficulties can benefit from antioxidants
- Cats with cancer may cope better with a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids
Even if your cat is clinically well, antioxidants and fatty acids are essential for maintaining a strong immune system, thereby counteracting some of the natural damage that occurs with age.
Older cats need regular vet checks
Your cat may not need patching up quite as often, compared to when they were a bold, active young animal. However, they still need regular appointments with a vet, as this means any health problems are likely to be spotted earlier and therefore be easier to treat.
Do you know when your cat had their last check-up at our Kidderminster Road practice? The next one could be a great opportunity to get some advice about their diet, too – so give us a call on 01527 889810 if you’d like to book an appointment.