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Nutritional Needs of Senior Cats

As your cat grows older, feeding time can be a real challenge for both you and your cat. Because your cat’s nutritional needs may change or fluctuate upon reaching senior status, it’s important to understand the reasons behind them.

Senior Fat Cat Facts

If you notice your cat is eating less but still putting on weight, it could be attributed to a slowdown in your cat’s metabolism or a decrease in activity. Too much weight can lead to certain medical conditions often associated with senior cats, such as heart, respiratory, skin and joint problems. Smaller quantities of food or a gradual switch to a lower-calorie food may help pare down the pounds.

The Skinny on Thin Senior Cats

If your senior cat has no problem eating but is still losing weight, it could be the result of heart or periodontal disease (gum and tooth problems), thyroid dysfunction or kidney failure. On the other hand, if your cat has a loss of appetite, it could be due to a reduction in taste sensation.

We Can Help

There may be help available, thanks to an easy to chew and digest formula. Science Diet® Senior Age Defying 11+ pet food contains Omega-3 fatty acids along with an exclusive blend of antioxidants and other nutrients that help:

  • Maintain proper kidney function
  • Protect muscle mass
  • Increase agility
  • Reduce accidents in the home
  • Maintain natural immune system function
  • Increase mental clarity
  • Increase energy and increase human interaction

If you have an older indoor cat, we also offer Science Diet® Senior 11+ Indoor Age Defying dry cat food. It offers precisely balanced nutrition tailored to senior cats with an indoor lifestyle.

  • Healthy digestion for easy litter box clean up
  • Promotes good vision & long term heart & kidney health
  • Helps avoid hairballs in 30 days

Choosing the proper food can lead to a long, healthy life for your senior cat. For more information about what's best for your senior cat's nutritional needs, consult your veterinarian.


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